View an interactive Map of the Corkmas scene HERE, and see below for tips on transport, parking, shopping and tourism
Road closures will be in place during weekend runs of SOLAS - at
A) the junction of Emmet Place and Academy Street and B) The junction of Bowling Green Street and Drawbridge Street
Time: 4.00pm to 10.00pm on each of the following dates
Blue Badge holders will be facilitated in accessing their designated spaces in this area
As with previous years, North Main Street and Paul Street car parks will open early on Sunday mornings in advance of the Christmas period.
Normal 11.30 Sunday opening hours resume on 6th January, 2024
North Main Street
Normal 11.30 Sunday opening hours resume on 6th January 2024
These Car Parks operated by Cork City Council
(any changes to the below schedule will be advised as soon as is feasible)
Park & Ride, Kinsale Road
Normal operating hours resume on 2nd January 2024
Temporary Park & Ride – County Hall
A temporary park & Ride will operate for 6 weeks between County Hall and Sheares Street at weekends beginning on Saturday, November 18th
Park & Ride service provided by Bus Eireann
Spin and Win
Cork City Council, in partnership with Cork Airport and Cork’s Red FM, is delighted to launch this year’s ‘Corkmas- Let the magic unfold 12 Days of Giveaways’ airport campaign. Featuring a roulette wheel, the campaign aims to encourage visitors of Cork to explore the city and support local business this Christmas, while shopping sustainably.
How it works:
Once a day over 12 days, a Red Patroller will handpick an incoming airline passenger at Cork Airport, who will be invited to spin the ‘Corkmas’ roulette wheel in the arrivals hall. Each passenger will be invited to spin the wheel to win an exclusive prize - supplied by local retail and hospitality businesses. RedFM will also be encouraging people to support local as part of the campaign.
The overall ‘Corkmas’ marketing campaign seeks to encourage people to visit local shops, restaurants, hotels, bars, many of the city’s markets and makers, and enjoy cultural activities such as the choice of pantomimes at the Everyman and at Cork Opera House.
It's become an annual spectacle across the city - notable buildings & structures light up in red for the holiday season. See a list of all participating structures here and a selection of images in our photo album below.
All images - Credit: Darragh Kane
Cork City is a compact, bustling, walkable city.
The landscape offers the visitor a chance to wander, explore & enjoy the relaxed pace, the independent cafes, and a wealth of dining options to refuel & relax. Cork’s artisan food and drink options suit every palate and occasion from simple snacks to gourmet feasts.
Take a break while shopping by visiting the Crawford Art Gallery (they have a gift shop and a restaurant too), or stay late to take in a show or a gig (see our events listings). This city contains a thriving menu of cultural, musical and arts options.
Stay a while longer - make a weekend of it! Cork offers visitors a wide range of attractions, activities and experiences from the kayaking under the bridges of the River Lee to stepping back in time at the 17th century Elizabeth Fort. Tour our Street Art with a map & guide on your phone at www.ardu.ie or burn off those mince pies with the locals at a 5k Parkrun on Saturdays.
Video: Cork City Christmas Lights by Cork Civil Defence