Shop local and give a little bit of Limerick this Christmas

  • Shop Local This Christmas in Limerick - Photo by Alan Place
Limerick is the go-to destination for festive fashion and unique gifts this Christmas. (Pic: Alan Place)

Limerick is home to an eclectic array of locally owned stores, unique boutiques and gift shops, filled with handmade treasures waiting to be discovered. So why not make it your go-to destination for your Christmas shopping as you look for that something special for your someone special.

Shopping in Limerick offers the chance to soak up the festive atmosphere under the city’s lights, and with a choice of free festive on and off-street parking options available throughout December, there is more reason than ever to shop local this Christmas.

With so much happening this Christmas in Limerick, a fabulous winter wardrobe is essential, and whether you are searching for the perfect party dress, festive fascinator or Santa socks, Limerick’s stores have it all. For the wow factor visit one of County Limerick’s popular boutiques in Adare and Newcastle West, or treat yourself to something special by a local fashion designer at one of the city’s many unique boutiques. 

For an eco-friendly gift, explore Limerick’s quirky thrift stores selling vintage clothing, crafts and up-cycled furniture or stop by one of the many festive markets and fairs taking place throughout Limerick in the lead up to Christmas.

Christmas in Limerick ambassador, radio presenter Louise Cantillon, will be promoting the benefits of shopping locally at a selection of well-known Limerick stores this December.

Said Louise Cantillon: “I am very excited to be a Christmas in Limerick ambassador this year, as December is always a magical time in Limerick! This year, the city centre has a truly festive atmosphere, filled with shoppers, twinkling lights, and entertainment. My Limerick City Gift Guide showcases some of the very best bits shopping locally has to offer.

“I visited the Nut Shed in Limerick’s iconic Milk Market, the independent White Feather Boutique, bursting with hidden gems, O’Mahony’s Booksellers with gifts for all ages, Brown Thomas for a little bit of luxury, and Made in Limerick for unique art and crafts from local designers.

“From Christmas gift ideas to stocking fillers, you can find gorgeous pieces in Limerick City Centre, often something unique – one of the many benefits of shopping locally this Christmas in Limerick.”

Follow Christmas in Limerick on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and @louise_cantillon on Instagram to watch Louise’s Limerick City Gift Guides, for tips on where to shop locally this festive season.

Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing & Communications with Limerick City and County Council added: “We are encouraging shoppers to give a little bit of Limerick this Christmas. While online shopping is so convenient for many, nothing beats the personalised service of shopping in-store. Buying directly from Limerick retailers means we are supporting jobs and boosting the economy. Shopping locally allows consumers to try before they buy, avoid shipping costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

“Some of Limerick’s smaller, independently owned stores like Made in Limerick on Thomas Street and Design & Craft in Adare, stock some unique quirky gifts made by some of the county’s most gifted crafters. And for gift ideas why not follow our Christmas in Limerick ambassador Louise Cantillon and let her help you.”

The Milk Market is among one of Limerick's most iconic attractions which welcomes thousands of visitors through its doors every weekend.  It is the perfect opportunity to meet the local stallholders and hear first-hand how their produce was crafted, grown or baked.  With over 70 stalls and shops to browse around, you’ll find unique gifts for under the tree and delicious fare for the Christmas Day dinner.  Throughout December the Milk Market will feature a range of Christmas themed markets and events including a special Santa letter service and a visit from the man himself on Saturday 14 December.

Local artisan traders will showcase wonderful handmade goods and seasonal treats at the Festive Craft Fair on Cruises Street. Set under the festive twinkling lights of the city’s popular pedestrianised street, the fair is sure to get shoppers into the Christmas spirit. Grab a hot chocolate, wander around the stalls, soak up the festive atmosphere and support our local Limerick traders.

To make Christmas in Limerick even more accessible, hundreds of additional free car parking spaces are being provided with Park & Strides and Park & Rides available around the city.

Free Park & Stride (9am to 9pm)

  • Cleeve’s Site, O’Callaghan Strand until 31 Dec inclusive
  • Limerick City and County Council Car Park, via Nicholas Street on 14 & 15 and 22 & 22 and 24 Dec inclusive
  • Irish Rail Depot, Roxboro Road open this Saturday 14 Dec until Christmas Eve (inclusive)

Park & Ride (9am to 9pm)

  • The Great National South Court Hotel, Raheen 14 & 15, 21 & 22 Dec inclusive
  • University of Limerick 14 & 15, 21 & 22 Dec inclusive

Motorists using the Park & Rides will then board regular Bus Éireann scheduled services 304 and 304A (from the Stables Complex at UL and opposite St. Nessan’s Church in Raheen) and Dublin Coach services 307 and 308 from the Stables Complex.

Parking in the city centre is available on-street and in multi-storey car parks. Download the Limerick e-parking app, or pay by phone or disc. On-street car parking is free after 5.30pm daily and is always free on Sundays.

In Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock and Newcastle West, shoppers will get an extra two hours free parking in each of the towns from 2.30pm daily until New Year’s Eve inclusive. This is in addition to the first hour free.

The Christmas in Limerick programme is being co-ordinated by Limerick City and County Council’s Culture & Arts and Marketing & Communications Departments.

Christmas in Limerick is supported by Limerick Post, Limerick Chamber, Limerick Leader, Live 95 and Spin South West.

All details about what’s on over the Christmas period in Limerick is available in the Christmas in Limerick 2019 event guide which is available online and throughout Limerick.

Keep up to date with all things Christmas in Limerick via:

Web: Limerick.ie/Christmas

Facebook: ChristmasInLimerick

Instagram: @ChristmasInLimerick

Twitter: @XmasLimerick

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