1st December 2012: The festive season is now well underway in Limerick city and there’s an array of musical and family treats taking place this week to keep you in the Christmas spirit!
1st December 2012
The festive season is now well underway in Limerick city and there’s an array of musical and family treats taking place this week to keep you in the Christmas spirit!
The Irish Chamber Orchestra will join with the National Chamber Choir for their landmark annual performance of Handel’s Messiah in the University Concert Hall. this Thursday, December 16th. This is a performance not to be missed!
The following night, Friday, December 17th, Limerick crooner Liam O’Brien has put together a fun and festive Christmas concert featuring all the Christmas hits of the swing era- he’ll be joined by local stars Dave Irwin and the top class Million Dollar Swing Band with special guests, Jean McGlynn, Lisa Bresnan, Nigel Dugdale and the Shannon Gospel Choir. The hugely popular Celtic Tenors round off a great weekend of music at UCH with a performance this Sunday, December 18th.
Also on Friday night, Villagers will play a sell-out gig in Daghdha Church in John’s Square while the soulful Jack L and Dublin singer Damien Dempsey also take to the stage in Dolan’s this week.
For families, Limerick on Ice begins this Wednesday, December 15th in Arthur’s Quay Park where children and grown-ups can enjoy all the fun of real ice skating on a spectacular covered rink! Skating takes place right up to Sunday, January 9th with a skate school and special group rates available.
A host of events are on in Limerick city this week, December 13th-19th to complement the Magic of Christmas campaign with the classic Snowman movie being shown in the Belltable this Sunday (December 19th) and Limerick’s Live 95FM Carols for All Christmas concert on in the UCH also on Sunday, December 19th.
In Limerick City Library this Saturday morning (18th), story teller Roisin Meaney will have some festive tales for 3-6 year olds while productions of a Christmas Carol and Santa Claus is Coming to Town both feature in the UCH.
Limerick’s festive Christmas markets are well underway in the Milk Market with up to 60 stalls and shops all packed with a wide range of artisan goods, crafts and gift possibilities set within a wonderful festive environment. The Christmas Markets are running from this Thursday through to Sunday with extra dates on December, 21st and 22nd next week.
There are fantastic shopping offers at department stores, boutiques and shops throughout the city centre and Limerick City Council is offering free parking on Friday and Saturday afternoons from 2pm for the month of December!!
This means there will be 3000 on street parking spaces free for shoppers to use from 2pm on Friday afternoons and a further 1044 on-street parking spaces free to use on Saturday afternoons from 2pm. On-street parking in Limerick city is always free on Sundays.
Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne said that Limerick city centre is a perfect place for Christmas shopping and Limerick City Council wanted to make it as easy as possible for people to spend time in the city.
“Building on the success of the recent shopping and dining in Limerick promotional events and after meetings with local traders, we decided to go ahead with this Christmas parking initiative,” she said. “We’re encouraging everyone to shop locally this Christmas and in particular, support the businesses in your city centre.”
In addition, Limerick city with its Park by phone contractor ParkMagic are also launching a December 2010 parking promotion. ParkMagic, who currently cater for in excess of 12000 parking customers in Limerick, will with Limerick City Council make available €10 parking credit to all new customers who sign up to ParkMagic in December. The normal parking credit assigned to new ParkMagic customers is €5.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Ireland’s tallest Christmas tree (100ft) in the River Shannon made from recycled material from Thomond Park Stadium and the Limerick Tunnel and a unique Family Santa Experience in Bedford Row!
Entry includes an hour long journey to Santa’s home with four festive fun filled rooms and Santa’s real log cabin for a unique magical experience for adults and children alike!
Keep an eye on our special Christmas Section, Limerick.ie/christmas for full details of Christmas family fun events, festive story-telling, carol singers and much more!
Limerick’s eco-friendly Christmas lights were turned on by Style Queen Celia Holman Lee, rugby hero Paul O’Connell and Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne last month to officially launch the Magic of Christmas campaign.
The campaign is funded primarily by Limerick City Council with contributions by Limerick Chamber, Shannon Development, Limerick City Business Association and supported by Southern Advertising.