Top 5 Unmissable Festive Activities in Cork

Top 5 Unmissable Festive Activities in Cork

1. Glow Festival

Glow, a Cork Christmas celebration, takes place in Bishop Lucy Park on Grand Parade in the heart of the city and runs for 12 days in the lead up to Christmas. The festival sees the area transformed into a hive of activity with choirs, food traders and the much loved Ferris wheel. The festival takes place on the weekends from 4.30pm with the Christmas Markets opening from 12noon. It is the perfect Christmas celebration for all the family to enjoy and soak up the festive atmosphere.

Glow 2018 will take place on the following dates;

· Friday 30th November to Sunday 2nd December
· Friday 7th December to Sunday 9th December
· Friday 14th December to Sunday 16th December
· Thursday 20th December to Saturday 22nd December 

2. Visit Santa at Blarney Castle

Visit Santa at Magical Blarney at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Santa arrives on Saturday November 24th at 5pm and will be there until December 24th. Little ones will enjoy the magic of Santa’s cabin and each child will receive a special gift along with some fun phots taken with Santa. It is a great experience for all the family. 

3. Christmas Day at Hayfield Manor 

Christmas Day at Hayfield Manor begins with our delicious famous full Irish breakfast. Take time to relax and spend the morning in the luxury of your room or find a cosy corner in one of our resident's lounges. Christmas Day celebrations commence with a sparkling champagne toast which precedes Traditional Christmas Lunch- a gourmet spectacle featuring all of your festive favourites. As the day advances, excitement begins to build as we await the arrival of Santa Claus who surprises our enthralled junior guests with a bespoke gift for each one. The evening culminates with a light buffet supper, afterwards take refuge in a cosy armchair and relax by the fire with family and new found friends to enjoy the enchanting tones of classical piano, or retire to the peace and luxury of your bedroom for the final hours of Christmas night.

4. Sale Shopping on 26th December  

Enjoy the excitement & bustle of the first day of the sales season in Cork city. Hayfield Manor is a short stroll from town where you will find everything from books, jewellery, music and fashion along with large retail stores such as Brown Thomas & Debenhams. St. Patrick Street, Opera Lane & Oliver Plunkett Street have loads to offer so soak up the atmosphere and bag a few bargains! 

5. St Stephen’s night out on the town 

Experience the bustling nightlife in Cork on St. Stephen’s night. From traditional Irish pubs to cosmopolitan cocktail bars, Cork has a diverse range of bars and pubs to offer, ensuring a venue to suit your preference. Hayfield Manor is close to all the action due to its central location. Narrow streets and laneways filled with unique pubs, clubs and live music venues make up the landscape of Cork so find a cosy corner and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.