Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Share the Magic of Christmas in Limerick as Loved Ones Gather for the Holidays

  • Family skating at Limerick on Ice

The seasonal gathering is getting underway with thousands of people preparing to descend on Limerick for Christmas. Just 20 minutes from Limerick city, Shannon Airport is expecting its busiest Christmas period in 14 years with over 121,000 passengers due to pass through. Thousands more people will take to road and rail as they plan celebrations with family and friends across the Treaty county.

As you welcome loved ones home for the most wonderful time of the year, be sure to share the magic of Christmas in Limerick, with unrivalled hospitality and a host of events to enjoy. 

There is something to suit all tastes as Limerick’s eclectic range of bars and restaurants serve up seasonal delights. Expect lively nights out with the Fun Lovin Criminals, Hermitage Green and The 4 of Us   among the many musical acts taking to the stage at popular Limerick venues in the coming days. A full list of gigs is available on  

Catch the last of the Seasonal Street Shows in Limerick city with Aaron the Balloon Man this Friday and the Steve Stumbles Comedy Magic Show on Saturday. Limerick on Ice and Fossett’s Christmas Circus continue to provide family fun until January 7th and Limerick is spoiled for choice with three Christmas Panto’s continuing into the new year.  

This will be a bumper week for Limerick retailers with last minute shoppers able to bag a bargain right up to Christmas Eve. Opening times vary, but many stores will keep their doors open until 5pm this Sunday. Tuck in to seasonal goodies at Christmas at Limerick Milk Market or let Toots the Train take you on a journey around all the festive sights and sounds of the city. 

Sports fans will enjoy the annual Christmas Racing Festival at Patrickswell, while the yearly rugby derby between rivals Munster and Leinster at Thomond Park will ensure a thrilling atmosphere in Limerick city on St Stephen’s Day and night. 

The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick is wishing safe travels to everyone making the journey to Limerick for the holidays, saying:

“Whether travelling by trains, planes or automobiles I hope all visitors and returning Limerick citizens have a safe and pleasant journey. Limerick is the place to be for an unforgettable Christmas experience. I hope you all enjoy this special time of year with family and friends.” 

Mayor Mitchell added:

“This final week before Christmas is the ideal time to experience the convenience of shopping local, supporting local jobs and businesses. Relax with a coffee and a catch up, or enjoy a night on the town, all while soaking up the festive atmosphere in Limerick city and in our county towns.”

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Getting there and getting around 

Christmas shoppers and visitors to Limerick city can avail of more than 9,000 designated on and off street car parking spaces, 46 km of dedicated cycle lanes and over 30 bus routes serving the city, county and region.

Limerick City

Weekend Park and Stride 

  • FREE parking in Limerick City and County Council Car Park behind Merchant’s Quay

  • Access is via Nicholas Street

  • 9am to 10pm - Saturdays & Sundays from 26 Nov – 23 Dec

  • 9am – 4pm Christmas Eve

City Centre On-Street Parking

  • Over 4,000 on-street parking spaces in Limerick City

  • Parking is from 50c per half hour (Monday to Saturday)

  • On-Street Parking is always FREE after 5.30pm daily and all day Sunday

 Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock and Newcastle West

  • First hour FREE between 9.30am – 5.30pm as usual

  • Additional 2 hours FREE on-street parking  from 2.30pm daily from 03 Dec – 31 Dec

  • FREE on Sundays as always 

Christmas in Limerick is brought to you by Limerick City and County Council in association with our media partners: Live 95, Spin Southwest, Limerick Post and Limerick Leader.

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