Limerick will be the place to be over the 12 days of Christmas with something to do for all the family. The city centre will be a hive of activity and fun over the holidays culminating with a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza.
People of Limerick and visitors from home and overseas who are gathering in Limerick city for New Year’s Eve celebrations can expect a spectacular end to 2017.
The city’s Medieval Quarter will come alive as specially commissioned dramatic illuminations are projected on to the walls of the historic King John’s Castle, turning it into a giant tapestry from 8.30pm on New Year’s Eve.
The skies of Limerick will transform into an explosion of colour during the spectacular New Year's Eve Fireworks beginning at 9pm.
The New Year’s Eve Extravaganza is a collaborative event between Limerick City and County Council, Shannon Heritage and Limerick School of Art & Design LIT. It is being managed by Grooveyard Event Management Company.
The best viewing points are at Clancy’s Strand and Sarsfield Bridge.
People are being advised to arrive early to be assured of a good view. Full details on limerick.ie/christmas/nye.
Limerick will be the place to be for a bit of retail therapy over the Christmas break.
The traditional post Christmas sales will see shoppers on the look-out for a bargain in stores across Limerick.
Christmas is also synonymous with pantos and Limerick has two to delight and entertain even the oldest of children.
For those with boundless energy, Limerick On Ice is open in Arthur’s Quay Park until 07 January 2018.
Sport is also a major draw for people in Limerick and two of the biggest sporting events in the country take place in Limerick over the Christmas period.
St Stephen’s Day sees the start of the four day Limerick Christmas Racing Festival in Patrickswell with fantastic racing action each day from 12.20pm.
While on the hallowed turf of Thomond Park, Munster, fresh from their double win over the Leicester Tigers, take on their oldest foe Leinster, in the Guinness Pro 14 series. (St Stephen’s Day ko 3.15pm).
Visitors to Limerick will be able to available of free car parking provided by Limerick City and County Council.
More than 200 free spaces are available in the Cleeve’s Factory site, just minutes from the city centre on O’Callaghan Strand.
Parking is available from 9am to 9pm each day and will stay open until midnight on New Year’s Eve to allow people enjoy the New Year’s Eve Extravaganza.
Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing and Communications with Limerick City and County Council said: “We’ve had a hugely positive reaction to all the events taking place to celebrate Christmas in Limerick this year and it’s been a tremendously busy few weeks with a packed calendar of family fun events, shopping offers, live music and craft fairs. There is a real sense of excitement and anticipation about the festivities planned for New Year’s Eve which is set to be a spectacular end to 2017.”
For full details of what’s happening in Limerick over the Christmas period check out www.limerick.ie/christmas