Limerick is lit up for Christmas

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2017 Christmas Lights
Sue Ellen Butler, Garryowen at the turning on of the Christmas lights in Limerick

Almost 15,000 people turned out in Limerick this evening for the switching on of the Christmas lights to mark the start of the city’s festive celebrations.

Mayor Stephen Keary was joined by the stars of PAW Patrol and Limerick Rose Kayleigh Maher for the ceremonial switch-on in O’Connell Street.

The crowds was entertained by street performers and special guests including soprano and blogging star Sinéad O’Brien, tenor Derek Moloney, Limerick Gospel Choir and Jason Hennessy in the build up to the turning on of the lights.

‘Light Up Limerick’ marks the start of six weeks of celebration that will also include:

Musical Treats on Thomas Street from noon to 6pm on December 2, 3, 9, 10;

Festive Craft Fair at Bedford Row on December 2 and 3 from 11am to 6pm;

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Santa’s Post Box on Bedford Row where children can post that all important letter to Santa;

Limerick on Ice – Ireland’s longest established ice-ring in Arthurs Quay Park from December 1 to January 7;

The Enchanted Christmas horse drawn carriage from December 1 to January 7;

Live music at Dolan’s and Live at the Big Top sessions;

Christmas themed markets at the Limerick Milk Market on December 14 to 17; and December 21 to 24;

A host of magical Santas across Limerick;

Christmas Racing Festival at Limerick Racecourse December 26 to 29;

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Extravaganza with entertainment from 8.30pm.

City centre retailers are being encouraged to open late on Friday nights and on Sundays during December.