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Cork Christmas Market 2022 (Glow Cork): Dates + What To Expect

Cork Christmas Market 2022 (Glow Cork): Dates + What To Expect

The Cork Christmas Markets (aka Glow Cork) is one of the more popular Irish Christmas markets.

And it’s one of several festive events that has been officially confirmed to be returning in 2022!

In the guide below, you’ll find everything from the Cork Christmas Market 2022 dates to what the market has had to offer in previous years.

Some quick need-to-knows about the Cork Christmas Market 2022

glow cork 2022

Photos via Glow on FB

Although a visit to Glow Cork 2022 is fairly straightforward, it’s worth taking 20 seconds to read the points below, first:

1. Location

Cork’s Grand Parade (one of the city’s main streets) is where the main market stalls are based along with the big Ferris Wheel. There’s also festive features in Bishop Lucey Park.

2. Confirmed dates

The Cork Christmas Market 2022 will kick-off on November 22nd and will run up to January 8th, 2022.

3. Plenty to see and do

Cork at Christmas is nice and festive! Aside from the Christmas lights dotted around the city, you’ll find market stalls, the big Ferris Wheel, live music and entertainment, Santa’s workshop and more (see below).

What to expect from Glow Cork

Glow Bishop Lucey Park

Photo via Glow Cork on FB

The Cork Christmas markets are back to normal in 2022 (thankfully..!). Below, you’ll find out what it’s usually like in Cork at Christmas.

1. Markets on the Grand Parade

Cork’s Grand Parade (one of the city’s main streets) is where the main market stalls are based.

It’s here that you’ll find vendors selling all of the usual bits and bobs that you get at  Christmas markets, like sweet treats and savoury eats.

Some of the other things you can see/do here are:

  • Take a spin on the big Ferris Wheel
  • Take the kids on the mini Ferris Wheel
  • Pick up some hand-made decorations or gifts

2. Bishop Lucey Park (tbc)

Cork’s Bishop Lucey Park gets transformed into a Christmas wonderland when the Cork Christmas Markets arrive. Last year, the park was decorated around the theme of ‘The Night Before Christmas in Old Cork’.

Visitors to Glow in Bishop Lucey Park will enter via an ice tunnel, before strolling through streets resembling a Medieval village. Visitors to the park can:

  • Take a peek through the windows of Santa’s house
  • Visit the Old Post Office (Padaí the Postman greets and shows kids where to post their letters to Santa)

3. Other things on at the Cork Christmas Markets

I’ll update this guide closer to the launch of the Cork Christmas Market 2022, as it’s highly likely that more events and attractions will be announced.

Here are a handful of other things to see (note: these were present at last year’s market):

  • Local choirs, groups, and bands banging out Christmas favourites
  • Santa’s workshop
  • The North Pole express toy train
  • A merry-go-round

About Cork at Christmas

It’s hard to beat Cork at Christmas. The markets aside, there’s a great buzz about the city, with thousands of lights dotted around the streets and plenty of Christmas events to take part in.

If you’re visiting Glow Cork for the first time, there’s some excellent hotels in Cork City located close to the markers and there’s some great Bed and Breakfasts in Cork, too!

The cool weather and the festive atmosphere brings a cosy feel to the various pubs in Cork and there’s plenty of things to do in Cork City to keep you busy.

For food, find some suggestions in our Cork restaurants guide or our guides to the best brunch in Cork and the best breakfast in Cork.

More festive events like the Christmas market in Cork

Christmas markets in Ireland

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There’s plenty of other Christmas markets set to take place in Ireland in 2022 if you don’t fancy the Christmas market in Cork. Here are a few to check out:

FAQs about Christmas in Cork

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘When does it start?’ to ‘What’s on?’.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

What are the dates for the Cork Christmas market 2022?

It has been confirmed that the Cork Christmas Market 2022 will run from November 22nd to January 8th.

Is Glow Cork actually worth visiting?

Yes. Although we’d recommend you add some of Cork’s many other attractions to your itinerary, as you won’t spend more than a few hours at the markets.

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Deborah O'Sullivan

Sunday 27th of November 2022

Is the market on every day of the week or just weekends, we plan on traveling to Cork Friday 2nd December . Thanks

Steve Mc Geough

Sunday 20th of November 2022

Can you give a full list of times and prices for entry to Bishop Lucy Park and the ferris wheel during the festive period ?

Ray Cordon

Tuesday 8th of November 2022

How do I book or do I need to ?

Michelle Lewis

Wednesday 28th of September 2022

Hello my name is Michelle Lewis and I would love to know if its possible to trade at your market i own galtee glow and am a candle maker

Thank you so much

Sean Aherne

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Hey, can anyone point me in the direction of romantic spots to visit around cork this chrismas. Looking to pop a big question this year and would love any suggestions on a great place to do it

Thanks Merry Christmas

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