It was wonderful to see so many people turn out in Limerick city recently to celebrate the official turning on of the Christmas lights. For the first time the event was held on a Sunday afternoon specifically to allow people to relax and enjoy not only the event but the atmosphere of Limerick city as we commence the lead up to Christmas.
|Some of the crowd gathered on Bedford Row|
Gardai estimate 12,000 attended the turning on of the lights ceremony. Great credit must be given to Fidget Feet aerial dance company, Louis Lovett and Realta all of whom played their part in making the event so special. To see the reaction on social media on Sunday evening was heartwarming. National television and newspaper organisations were also immensely supportive. I think we can safely say that we have put Limerick on the national map as a destination city this Christmas.
|Pic: Sean Curtin|
Over the coming days and weeks we will see more and more Christmas activity in the city and its surrounds. The much anticipated Limerick on Ice returns to Arthur’s Quay Park kicking off this Friday. This is a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to experience something truly festive right in the heart of the Limerick city.
|Photo: Sean Curtin|
Keep an eye out for further elf activity in the city too. Some of you may have noticed unusual happenings around Ferguson’s chemist building on O’Connell Street and next opposite Savins. These are the sites for our Pixie Post Office and Elf Enterprises which are open every weekend in the lead up to Christmas. Children and adults can experience the workings of a Christmas post office and sent those all important Santa letters. We can also reassure children that these letters will be sent via first class post to Santa himself so make sure you don’t miss out.
An elves workshop and a special Christmas Carol-oke window will be introduced in the city centre also. Limerick can safely say there will be no lack of festive spirit in the city over the coming weeks.
I would also encourage businesses or anywhere that is hosting an event over the Christmas period to log on to www.limerick.ie/christmas. You can create your own account on the site and upload anything you would like to be promoted over the coming weeks. It really is a simple site to use and will be the one-stop shop for events, culture, food and entertainment in Limerick throughout December.
Our 40-foot Christmas tree is now splendidly in place on Bedford Row and the city is really looking wonderful. I encourage everyone to consider Limerick city centre as a shopping destination this Christmas. Christmas-time in the city is a special experience and whether it is food, drink, shopping or entertainment you are looking for then Limerick city is simply the place to be.
Finally don’t forget the parking offers available in the city centre. The Free from Three campaign is now underway with free on-street parking in the city from 3pm each day. Local car park operators are also offering their own special daily rates and, of course, Park Magic is a perfect way to manage your parking needs.