Limerick to 'come alive' with the sights and sounds of Christmas

A crowd of 15,000 turned out in Limerick for the switching on of the Christmas lights and the start of Limerick's festive celebrations Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media

A crowd of 15,000 turned out in Limerick for the switching on of the Christmas lights and the start of Limerick's festive celebrations Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media

A FESTIVE craft fair and musical treats on the streets are just of the Christmas-inspired events taking place in Limerick city this weekend.

The festive season gets into full swing with a host of family-friendly entertainment, organised by Limerick City and County Council to make the city “come alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas”.

More than 15,000 people attended the recent Light Up Limerick event and the festive treats keep on coming this weekend, and the council said the city is “the place to be to soak up the atmosphere, as you come and shop local and enjoy the festivities”.

Bedford Row will play host to the Festive Craft Fair from 11am until 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, with some wonderful local Christmas fare and unique presents on offer.

The joys of Christmas will be heard throughout the city centre over this weekend and next – December 2-3 and 9-10 – as Musical Treats on Thomas Street fill the air with festive cheer as carol singers, bands, musicians and choirs entertain the Christmas shoppers.

And Limerick on Ice returns by popular demand for another Christmas season right in the heart of Arthur’s Quay Park from Friday, December 1 until January 7.

And as the darkness descends, why not take a romantic horse drawn carriage tour around Limerick – from Friday to January 7.

Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing and Communications with Limerick City and County Council said: “Christmas is a special time of the year and we are making the city centre an extra special place with the Festive Craft Fair on Bedford Row and the Musical Treats on Thomas Street to name but two of the events taking place.

“The unique atmosphere in Limerick city centre will hopefully entice more people to visit, to do some Christmas shopping or enjoy some of the family-friends events.”

The Christmas programme in Limerick is being co-ordinated by Limerick City and County Council Arts Office and the Office of Marketing and Communications with help from Grooveyard Event Management and GoldieFish events.

See www.Limerick.ie/Christmas for full details.