The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! At our boutique hotel, we are in the throes of preparing for the fast-approaching Christmas season. Suffice to say, everything is very merry and bright here these days. We have decked the halls with boughs of hall, twinkling fairy lights and that’s before we even venture outside into our courtyard-our very own Winter Wonderland with the star of the show- Cork City’s only waterfall currently home to a larger than life Christmas tree.
We’ve never been as inspired to pop into Ireland’s number one cocktail bar, Cask for some festive cocktails or our award-winning restaurant, Greenes for a romantic meal for two in front of the Christmas tree.
What can we say? There is just something special about Christmas time in Cork. Allow us to share with you just some of the reasons we love Cork so much at Christmas time and why you should make a festive escape to us this December:
Love it or loathe it- it has to be done! And whether you’re more of the last-minute bargain hunter or someone who likes to get all their shopping done by December 1st– one thing we can promise is that the perfect gift is waiting to be discovered in the Rebel City. From the high street brands of Opera Lane to the artisan offerings of our famous English Market to all the quirky independent stores-Cork City has you covered.
Solas: A Cork Christmas Celebration
Nothing quite beats a stroll around the city’s streets admiring the twinkling lights and sumptuous window displays. And, this year there’s a new light show in town at Emmet Place, right outside the Opera House. Stroll through this immersive space to the sound of Christmas music in the air with special musical performances and festive entertainment taking place on the weekends leading up to Christmas.
Is it really Christmas without a visit to a Christmas market? Sipping some hot chocolate or mulled wine as you admire some locally produced handcrafts? The good news is that you’ll be spoiled for choice of markets with the popular Christmas markets returning to Grand Parade but also, for those that want to combine a trip to the market with a refreshing walk, the Marina Market is also pulling out all the stops with even Santa Claus himself setting up shop. Families can enjoy a journey on the Polar Express train before arriving at the Christmas village to meet the elves and of course, sample some of Mrs Claus’ treats.
Marina Market on Ice
Speaking of the Marina Market and all things polar, this year, Cork’s newest ice-rink will make its debut in the popular food and shopping destination. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
After a fun-packed day in the city, you might be forgiven for wanting to take the weight off your feet. Do so from new heights with a trip up the Ferris Wheel, conveniently located on Grand Parade, right opposite the English Market (can you really miss a ferris wheel though?)
Oh yes it is! Regardless of what fairytale tickles your fancy, we have you covered with two spectacular offerings. Jack and the Beanstalk is taking up residency in the Cork Opera House whilst right across the road from our boutique hotel, Beauty and the Beast will be delighting audiences both young and old. And, if all of that sounds too tame for you, why not give the Improvised Panto a go? Strictly over-18s for a reason with a different panto every night dictated by the needs of the audience-let’s hope this outing doesn’t land you on Santa’s Naughty list this year!
Renowned for its rich variety of music all year round, there’s never a better time of year than Christmas to check out a gig. If you fancy something to get you into the Christmas spirit, look no further than the Christmas Jingle, taking place in one of Cork’s most historic venues, the Pavilion. Featuring some of Cork’s top professional singers, all funds raised go to Cork Arc Cancer Support House.
Some things just never get old like watching Home Alone and It’s a Wonderful Life for the 100th time. Spice up your Christmas movie traditions by popping in for a movie night with a difference in this cosy former church.
In need of some Christmas craic? Here in Cork, we like to have a laugh with some of the best comedy clubs in the country including the famous City Limits Comedy Club. We also recommend upstairs in the Roundy at the Coco Comedy Club that will be offering some ho ho ho laughs with their stand-up comedy Christmas Party running four times a week for the month of December.
A Christmas Carol
Possibly one of the most beloved Christmas stories is returning to the Goldie Chapel at Nano Nagle Place this Christmas season. With a selection of both afternoon and evening performances to choose from, combine your trip with a visit to the Nano Nagle Christmas Markets with festive music and family friendly activities to delight both young and old.