There’s plenty of reasons to visit Limerick city this Christmas! Not only is it the best shopping destination in the mid-west but in the run up to Christmas, Limerick will offer free parking, Christmas markets, Christmas on Ice and much more festive fun which is all part of the Limerick Winterfest 2009.
The festivities will kick off at 6pm on Friday 20th of November when local boxing hero Andy Lee together with the Mayor of Limerick will switch on the eco-friendly Christmas lights in the city. They will also switch on the Christmas Tree lights, but this is not just your average tree – this Christmas tree is said to be the largest in Ireland (100 feet!), is made from recycled material and will float on the River Shannon!
The Winterfest weekend will take place from the 20th to 22nd of November and will attract thousands of shoppers to the city. Look out for participating shops which will display a special Winterfest sticker, meaning that they can be offering anything up to 50% off purchases made. On street parking will be free with special discounts on multi storey carparks.
Christmas markets will be held in Pery’s Square – the city’s much loved Georgian area. This unique Christmas market will offer shoppers the chance to buy some traditional hand made Christmas gifts, festive foods, artisan cuisine, arts, crafts, organic produce and lots more. Browse the stalls, pick up some of your Christmas gifts and soak up the wonderful festive atmosphere. There will also be a Sunday Riverside Market taking place in Bedford Row each Sunday in the run up to Christmas.
Limerick On Ice is also making a return visit to the city this year and will be situated at Arthurs Quay Park. This is one of the highlights of the festive season in Limerick each year. This year it will open on December 10th and run until January 10th from 10am to 10pm daily.
Need a fun day out with family or friends over the Christmas? Why not head to the Limerick Races? The races take place over 4 days starting on the 26th of December and running until the 29th of December. This is one of Limerick’s biggest social events and as always the racing, glamour, style and entertainment will be top notch! Visit the Limerick Races website for more.
For the rugby fanatics among you, why not coincide your Christmas trip to Limerick with a Munster rugby match at the newly renovated Thomond Park. Munster take on Perpignan on the 11th of December in the Heineken Cup. They will also play Connacht in a Magners League match on the 26th of December. For more visit the Thomond Park website.
This is just a glimpse of some of the main events taking place in Limerick this Christmas. If you know of any more, why not let us know – just leave a comment in the box below!
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