THERE will be a festive atmosphere in Limerick city this Sunday and plenty of musical entertainment as the Christmas lights are switched on.
From 4.30pm there will be a host of musical entertainment on the streets and a live outside broadcast by Live 95FM before the big man himself, Santa Claus, performs the official switching on of the lights at around 6pm.
Parents are being encouraged to bring their children to the city centre for what promises to be a carnival atmosphere, and the start of a comprehensive Christmas programme.
The switching-on of the lights heralds the beginning of an exciting programme of events which commences with Celebrating Christmas in Limerick – The City of Fashion 2015 which will see Ireland’s leading stylist and fashion icon, Celia Holman Lee, bringing the latest fashions to the streets of Limerick in the run up to Christmas.
It was also announced this week King John’s Castle has teamed up with the magic-maker himself, Franc, to create “an amazing Christmas experience for young and old at the beautiful 13th century castle”.
In what is set to be one of the most sought after children and family experiences this Christmas, the event planner is set to transform the ancient castle into an enchanted medieval Christmas village, and like every good Christmas fairy tale, Franc guarantees it will snow.
Enchanted by Franc lasts two and a half hours and is, organisers say, “a Christmas experience to be enjoyed by all the family”.
The celebration will run from December 3 to 20. Book online at Shannon Heritage.
Meanwhile, the City of Fashion will feature a mix of live fashion events, style, hair and make-up demonstrations, and a series of in-store events kicking off on Monday, November 23 with the Design & Style @ Limerick Craft Hub event, showcasing the very best of unique and local Irish design.
Other elements of this year’s Christmas In Limerick programme include Limerick on Ice at Arthur’s Quay Park from late November, the Medieval Christmas Experience at King John’s Castle in December, the Christmas Racing Festival at Limerick Racecourse, festive-themed illuminations, musical entertainment each Saturday, live music and comedy performances, Christmas carol concerts, pantos, kiddies workshops, theatre, and festive food events.