Christmas activities not to be in missed in Cork this December


With the arrival of the big Ferris wheel, we all know that the festive season has officially launched in Cork City. From Christmas pantos to Christmas carolling, there are plenty of things to do across the city. Our Glandore community team in Cork have compiled a list of activities for you to do over the Christmas period.

Glow Cork

Visit the festive installation in Bishop Lucey Park, soar high above Cork on a giant Ferris wheel and indulge in the festive market and entertainment on the Grand Parade this Christmas.

Glow will take place on:
·      Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December
·      Friday 7 December to Sunday 9 December
·      Friday 14 December to Sunday 16 December
·      Thursday 20 December to Saturday 22 December

The Ferris Wheel will open each day from 12 noon to 9pm, from Friday 30 November 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019.

Location: Grand Parade and Bishop Lucey Park

Price: Free

Cork on Ice

Want a fun way to stay active this Christmas season? Why not hit the ice skating rink at Cork on Ice? There is also ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, and events like Skate with Santa, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Location: Mahon Point Shopping Centre

Price: € 13 off peak / €14 peak times

The Cork City Christmas Shopping Valet

Don’t forget about the Cork City Christmas Shopping Valet. Leave your all your bags in at 1/ 2 Cook Street while you continue to shop and soak up the atmosphere of the city hassle-free. Opening hours are Monday – Saturday 11am-7pm, and Sunday 12pm- 5pm.

Location: 1/ 2 Cook Street

Price: FOC however they do ask for donations in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research

No Christmas is complete with at least one panto. Cork, with its array of theatres has a number of Pantos guaranteed to entertain the whole family this year.


Cork Opera House is delighted to bring the enchanting tale of Aladdin to life on their stage. Don’t miss this spectacular Cork Opera House production, jam packed with the magnificent scenery, costumes, live music, spectacular dance routines, comedy capers and the magical special effects you’ve come to know and love!

Aladdin will run 29 November 2018 – 20 January 2019

Location: Cork Opera House

Price: €27.50, €33 & €35 | Family Ticket €90 & €120

The Adult Panto

CHATTYBOO PRODUCTIONS celebrate 10 YEARS of Adult Panto awesomeness this year and this year they bring you HANSEL AND GRETEL (the Adult Panto), the funniest ADULT PANTO yet. Definitely not one for the kids but always a great night out for the grown-ups. 18+ and ID required.

HANSEL AND GRETEL will run 1 December 2018 – 5 January 2019, Tuesday to Sunday each week

Location: An Spailpín Fánach

Price: €16


This year’s Everyman panto is ‘Cinderella’. Who shall go to the ball? It’s you! ‘Cinderella’ stars the same crazy gang as last year’s sold out ‘Beauty and The Beast’! Jam-packed with panto fun, they bring this magical story to life! ‘Cinderella’ gets a re-boot but it’s a show for all generations of panto lovers – old and new.

Cinderella will run Sunday 1 December 2018 – Sunday 13 January 2019

Location: Everyman Theatre

Price: €28

Who doesn’t love Christmas Carols? It is the one time of year when everyone enjoys tradition, singing songs together while usually raising some money for very worthy causes. Here are a few of our favourites taking place in Cork over the Christmas season.

Cor Na Li and Cork Deaf Association Community Choir Christmas Concert 

A combined choir of Cor Na Laoi and Cork Deaf Choir sing and sign Christmas songs to warm your hearts! Cork Deaf Association Community Choir uses Irish Sign Language (ISL) to sign to music and takes place at 1pm on Sunday 16 December.

Location: Nano Nagle Place

Price: Free

The Choir of St Fin barre’s Cathedral

The Choir of St Fin barre’s Cathedral will perform Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols takes place on Saturday 15 December at 1pm.

Location: St Fin barre’s Cathedral

Price: €10

At Glandore we have dedicated Community & Event teams across Ireland, in each of our CorkDublin and Belfast City Centre locations. Want to find out more about becoming a Glandore flexible workspace or coworking member? Contact us here.

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