Limerick city centre will come alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas this weekend, as the festive season gets into full swing with a host of family-friendly entertainment.


The Light Up Limerick event which saw PAW Patrol characters Marshall, Skye and Chase help Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Stephen Keary turn on the city’s Christmas lights attracted more than 15,000 people onto O’Connell Street to mark the official start of the Christmas period.


And the festive treats keep on coming this weekend.


Limerick city centre is the place to be to soak up the atmosphere, as you come and shop local and enjoy the festivities.

If you fancy some unique Christmas presents, why not head to Bedford Row where the Festive Craft Fair will be around this weekend from 11am until 6pm each day (2-3 Dec).


You will be able to sample some wonderful local Christmas fare, tickle your taste buds with some delicious food, and get some of your Christmas presents bought.


There will also be a beautiful vintage carousel and carnival rides for you to enjoy.


The joys of Christmas will be heard throughout the city centre over the next two weekends (2–3 and 9 –10 Dec) as Musical Treats on Thomas Street fill the air with festive cheer as carol singers, bands, musicians and choirs entertain the Christmas shoppers.


For those who are a bit more energetic, Limerick on Ice returns by popular demand for another Christmas season right in the heart of Arthur’s Quay Park from Friday 1 Dec 2017 until the 7 Jan 2018.


And as the darkness descends, why not take a romantic horse drawn carriage tour around Limerick (from King John’s Castle from Friday 1 Dec 2017 until the 7 Jan 2018) to soak up the Christmas vibe and view all the Christmas lights around the city.


Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing and Communications with Limerick City and County Council said: “Christmas is a special time of the year and we are making the city centre an extra special place with the Festive Craft Fair on Bedford Row and the Musical Treats on Thomas Street to name but two of the events taking place.”


“The unique atmosphere in Limerick city centre will hopefully entice more people to visit, to do some Christmas shopping or enjoy some of the family-friends events.”


The Christmas programme in Limerick is being co-ordinated by Limerick City and County Council Arts Office and the Office of Marketing and Communications with help from Grooveyard Event Management and GoldieFish events.


For information on all events, please visit @XmasLimerick on Twitter and search for Christmas in Limerick on Facebook