Where has the year gone?  One moment, we were talking New Year’s Resolutions and the next; we are dusting off the tinsel in preparation for Christmas.  Here at Hotel Isaacs, Christmas is one of our favourite times of the year.  Whether it’s our cosy fire at reception adorned with our glittering Christmas wreath, our splendidly lit courtyard complete with our giant Christmas tree by Cork City’s only waterfall or all the festive treats on offer in Greenes Restaurant and Cask Cocktail Bar, Christmas at Hotel Isaacs is something truly special.  Thinking of visiting Cork during this exciting time? We have put together the best Christmas events on offer for you this seasonal time of year...just in case, you need a break from all the wonderful shopping on offer in our city.

Christmas Light Switch-On: 

St Patrick’s St.  Sunday, November 17th, 6pm
Christmas officially starts in Cork City with the grand switch on of the Christmas lights by the Lord Mayor along with performances from the Academy of Popular Music and the Cork Deaf Community Choir.  Rumour has it that Santa himself may even drop by. 

Glow:  A Cork Christmas Celebration:

Open every day from 4:30pm-8:30pm.

Taking place in the Bishop Lucey Park on Grand Parade, this festive light installation will fascinate young and old.  For those who fancy a bird’s eye view of it all, take a ride on the 30-metre high ferris wheel.



Ferris Wheel Cork

It’s panto time!  Oh yes it is!

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a princess, a prince, a bad guy and of course, a dame.  Add in some toe-tapping, swash-buckling, catchy dance numbers and a dash of double-entendre and you have the essence of great panto.  Here in Cork City, we are spoiled for choice with no less than three pantos to choose from.  Right opposite Hotel Isaacs, the Everyman Theatre are climbing new heights with Jack and the Beanstalk, whereas, the Cork Opera House are sprinkling their very own fairy-dust with Peter Pan.  For those in search of something a little darker, there is always the Improvised Panto (also in the Opera House).   Not for sensitive souls and strictly not for children.

Christmas at Greenes and Cask:

Of course, it would be a crime not to mention our very own award-winning Greenes Restaurant.  Can there really be any better place to dine than in the surroundings of Cork’s only waterfall complete with a giant Christmas tree savouring the delights of their Christmas menu?  My personal favourite dessert this season is their Christmas Fruit and Candy Pastilla Parcel.  Sure to rival any Christmas pudding!  Round it off with some warming cocktails from Cask Cocktail Bar. It is the season to be jolly after all.

Cask Bar at Hotel Isaacs Cork


Christmas Markets at Grand Parade:

Mulled wine, crepes, pretzels, hot chocolate....who can resist the tempting aromas of a Christmas market? Take a break from the Christmas shopping or find that unique hand-crafted gift at the market whilst enjoying some Christmas carols from some of Cork’s best community groups.

An Enchanted Christmas at Fota House:

A mere 20 minute drive from our city-centre boutique hotel (or a relaxing 10 minute journey on the train) lies one of Cork’s best kept secrets: Fota House.  Dating back to the 19th century, this stunning house will deck the halls and open its door to visitors in the weekends leading up to Christmas for tours and festive treats.

Christmas Concerts:

The city is alive with the sound of music at this time of year.  From buskers to choirs and everything in between, everyone’s musical tastes will be catered for.  There are endless Christmas carol services to choose from.  My personal favourite takes place in the Honan Chapel at University College Cork on November 27th, 28th and 29th.  St Finbarr’s Cathedral also have a Festival of Bells on Saturday, December 7th. For those in search of some sounds from the sea, St Colman’s Cathedral in nearby Cobh will host their annual carol service on Saturday the 15th of December.

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About The Author

Colette is a hotel receptionist working at Hotel Isaacs Cork. Her favourite part of the job is meeting the many guests coming from all corners of the globe and sharing with them all the wonders that Cork City and County has to offer. One of her great passions is travelling and exploring new places especially museums, galleries and castles. "One of the things I feel very strongly about is how so many people in Ireland are completely unaware of some of the hidden treasures right on their door-steps. When people go abroad, they push themselves to see all the cultural delights on offer but too often, they have no idea how great what is right in front of them, readily available every day is. I came to Cork as a student in 2008 and I too limited myself and didn't push myself to explore. It took a friend to take me off and show me how truly amazing this city and county is and this is what I want to share with my guests and readers.

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