Everyone in the states is getting ready for Thanksgiving, and on this side of the pond we’re all like, hurray it’s almost Christmas!
I’ve never experienced lights being turned on in any city before, so as I was free this evening I decided to pop into town after work and join in on the festive atmosphere. As they say in Cork, town was jammers! I got in early to get a good view of the stage, but trying to leave afterwards was a serious operation. I had to walk west in order to go east. Crazy!
The atmosphere was electric though. Everyone wrapped up in their winter woolies, and kids were
dangerously having fun waving flashing sticks around their heads. I almost lost an eye a couple of times, but hey, it’s Christmas 🙂
The show opened with a kids choir, who were actually really good and entertained us while we stood in the cold for over an hour waiting for the Lord Mayor and Jimmy Barry Murphy of Cork GAA fame to come out and flick the switch!
There were Christmas carols, banter with the MC, and of course Santa arrived for a chat. At which point I lost all hope of ever seeing the stage again because every single child was hoisted up onto their daddy’s shoulders! It was still magical though. Nothing is better than seeing Christmas through the eyes of children! And of course there was the obligatory countdown from ten to the big moment. BOOM! Fairylights GALORE!
The turnout was fantastic – credit to Rory Coomey for this fantastic photo! I love my adopted hometown of Cork, but I love it even more at Christmas. I can’t wait until the Christmas Market opens next week – festive fun & cheer all round!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
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