Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas festival is held in Cork City on an annual basis and is really drawing the crowds! The crisp cold air and snow and frost has only added to the atmosphere too. Here the Presentation Secondary School Choir joined our local soprano Cara O Sullivan for carol singing on the Grand Parade. The choir recently won the All Ireland School Choir competition in Belfast.
It was getting dark when I arrived so photos are not great though they get better further down the post!

Inside the Santa Village with a snow machine causing the flurries of snow to fall!
These Moose look real I think!
Inside the Santa Village!

Night sky over Cork on the Grand Parade during the Spirit of Christmas fest which brought people from far and wide to visit the open air markets and food stalls on the street.
This the known as the "counting house" of the now closed Beamish and Crawford Brewery which has been transformed into a Santa Village for the season. The house itself is a Tudor style and really lends itself to the Christmas theme I think as it is like something from the Dickens era! Admission to the "village" is 2 euros with free lollipops! and lots of photo ops.!


  1. I've only been to Cork once, but I loved it! Thanks for sharing this- we wanted to go for a bit of Cork Christmas cheer, but snow did not permit- at least now I've gotten another wee taste of it. Hope to go next Christmastime :)

  2. Susan, what a shame to miss it as it is certainly a must see,lots of stall holders selling wreaths,mulled wine,mince pies,cupcakes,crepes and lots of other stuff too!

  3. What an absolutely magical place! Now that's Christmas! Thanks for sharing all of your photos.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. I havent been into town to see it either!Its great to see the Counting House being used as it is a lovely building.

  5. It looks like the holiday festivities are in full swing. Looks wonderful! Makes me want to go and be a part of it. Happy Holidays.

  6. Hi Kathleen,

    You got a lovely memories in santa house, Merry Christmas to you.

    Just like to share with you a beautiful quote...

    "You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life" - Albert Camus

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