Cork Christmas Market 2021 (Glow Cork): When The Markets Start, What’s On & More

When they start and what to expect

Cork Christmas Market 2021
Photo via Glow Cork on FB

I‘ve heard a lot of good things from people that visited the Cork Christmas Market (aka Glow Cork) over the years.

And I, like many, had grand plans to carve out a weekend last December to visit, but, well, you know the story with 2020…

Now, although there hasn’t been much info released about GLOW Cork, we can make some educated guesses around when the markets will take place in 2021.

In the guide below, you’ll find everything from things to see and do at the Christmas markets in Cork to where to stay if you’re visiting the city.

Cork Christmas Market 2021 dates

Although the dates have yet to be confirmed, going off previous years, we can be fairly certain that the Cork Christmas markets will run from November 24th to December 20th, 2021.

Now, these dates could easily change, given the turbulent 16 months we’ve all had, but I’ll update this article when the dates are officially released. 

What to expect from Glow Cork 2021

Hopefully, all going to plan, the Cork Christmas markets will be back to normal in 2021. Below, you’ll find out what Cork is usually like at Christmas.

From markets on the Grand Parade to events, shows and more, there’s usually a little bit of something to tickle every fancy.

Markets on the Grand Parade

Ferris wheel grand parade
Photo via Glow Cork on FB

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

The friend that I mentioned earlier who visited the markets here last year raved about the food that he picked up at the stalls (he’d eat anything, though, in all fairness).

Apparently, there’s also some seating in front of the stalls where you can much away and watch the world go by.

Other things to do here:

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

Bishop Lucey Park

Glow Bishop Lucey Park
Photo via Glow Cork on FB

Cork’s Bishop Lucey Park gets transformed into a Christmas wonderland when the Cork Christmas Market arrives.

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)

Other things on at the Cork Christmas Market

Christmas markets in cork
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I’ll update this guide closer to the launch of the Cork Christmas Markets, 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

Cork at Christmas: Where to stay, pubs and food

blackrock castle Observatory
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If you fancy staying in Cork City when visiting Glow Cork, you’re in luck – there’s heaps of great places to stay, eat and drink (there’s also loads of things to do in Cork City).

If you’re in search of somewhere to stay, you’ll find some great spots in our guide to the best hotels in Cork City and our guide to the best Bed and Breakfast in Cork.

For food, nip into our Cork restaurants guide or our guides to the best brunch in Cork and the best breakfast in Cork.

For post Cork Christmas market pints, you’ll find some great, old-school pubs in our guide to the best pubs in Cork.

Christmas markets Cork FAQs

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from when does the Christmas market in Cork kick-off to what there is to see at it.

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 2021?

Although not dates have been officially confirmed, we can expect the Cork Christmas market 2021 to run from around November 24th to December 20th, 2021 (dates may change).

Are the Christmas markets in Cork definitely going ahead in 2021?

Although nothing has been confirmed, the markets went ahead in 2020 (at a reduced capacity), so we can be reasonably confident that, all going to plan, they’ll go ahead this year.

Is there much to do at GLOW Cork?

There’s the different festival attractions (listed above), which many come to see. However, the biggest draw of the markets are the festive buzz that they bring to the city.

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