Light up Limerick: Festive line-up of Christmas events are unwrapped

Jess Casey


Jess Casey

Thousands attended the ‘Light up Limerick’ event in 2017 Picture: Sean Curtin True Media

Thousands attended the ‘Light up Limerick’ event in 2017 Picture: Sean Curtin True Media

A GINGERBREAD factory, a family-friendly Christmas train around the city-centre and winter busking are all set to arrive in Limerick for the festive season, as Limerick City and County Council revealed its line-up of Christmas celebrations.

Vicky Phelan and her family will be the Mayor’s guests of honour at this year’s ‘Light Up Limerick’, which will see the city transform into a winter wonderland as the Christmas lights are officially switched on. 

“Christmas is a wonderful time of year, and it is magical in Limerick, with the lights turned on, the atmosphere is amazing,” Mayor of Limerick City and County James Collins said. 

“Christmas is a time for families and I’m hoping that hundreds of families will come out and celebrate the turning on of Limerick city’s Christmas lights. 

“It is always a fantastic occasion and shows Limerick at its very best,” he added. 

On Sunday November 18, Ms Phelan and her family will be joined by Frozen favourites Elsa, Anna and Olaf, as ‘Light Up Limerick’ gets underway on O’Connell Street from 4:30pm.

Earlier in the day, Liveable Limerick is to host a ‘Charity X-Mas Dash’ on O’Connell Street in aid of homelessness charity Novas and the Peter McVerry Trust. 

Participants are invited to take part in Mr & Mrs Claus’ three-legged dash, a celebrity dash, a wheelchair dash and a sack race, from 12 to 3pm. 

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The award-winning Toots Christmas Train is also set to arrive in Limerick for the festive season. 

Starting at King John’s Castle, the Christmas train will travel around the city centre, allowing families to hop on board and experiencing the line-up of events, markets, entertainment and light displays. 

Free Park & Strides will operate from 9am to 9pm from the Cleeve’s Site on O’Callaghan Strand, from December 7 to 31, the Limerick City and County Council Car Park, via Nicholas Street, on December 8, 9, 16, and from December 22 to 24 inclusive.

A third free Park & Stride will operate from the Irish Rail Depot on Roxboro Road on December 8, 9 and 15 to 24 inclusive. 

Park & Rides, from 9am to 9pm, will also operate from the Great National South Court Hotel, Raheen, on December 8, 9, 16, 22 and 23, and from the University of Limerick on December 8, 9, 15,16, 22 and 23. 

According to Limerick City and County Council, motorists will then board regular Bus Eireann scheduled services 304, 304A (from both sites) and 301 from Raheen.

More details about what’s on in Limerick this Christmas will be available shortly, with 100,000 brochures to be distributed across the Mid-West.