Friday, November 20, 2009

Limerick Winterfest 2009 Christmas Markets in Limerick Free Limerick Parking

Andy Lee turning on Limericks Christmas Lights
Andy Lee turns on Limericks Christmas Lights

Limerick Winterfest 2009

FREE parking, Christmas Markets, Shopping Specials and much more!

Limerick City Centre will kick-start the festive shopping season with a Winterfest weekend packed full of reasons to visit the capital of the Mid-West this Christmas!

Local sporting hero, boxer Andy Lee joined Mayor Kevin Kiely and the people of Limerick to switch on the city’s eco friendly Christmas lights and Ireland’s tallest Christmas tree (a HUGE 100 ft!) will be delayed slightly due to it breaking free from its moorings. It is hoped that it will be on by Sat evening.

FREE on-street parking on the Saturday of Winterfest weekend (November 21st) and participating shops, pubs and restaurants displaying a special Winterfest sticker will offer unique bargains, Christmas specials and up to 50% off purchases!

Some multi storey car parks are also offering great value Winterfest parking deals with over €3000 worth of vouchers available for Q-Park Harvey’s Quay carpark from participating Winterfest stores.

Shoppers will also be able to enjoy the feel of a small village within the heart of bustling Limerick this festive season as the city opens Ireland’s first ever Georgian Quarter Christmas Market.

No1 Pery Square Hotel and Spa in Limerick’s historic Georgian area is set to host a unique market with picturesque stalls offering traditional handcrafted gifts including jewellery, toys, Christmas cards, dolls and candles.

Traditional foods, Christmas puddings, meats, sweets, breads, pastries and other festive goodies will also be on offer complimented by artisan cuisine and organic produce from Slow Food Limerick.

A truly continental atmosphere will be conjured up by the lights, sounds and smells of this unique spectacle while children from St Michael’s School will sing traditional Christmas carols to add to the occasion.

The Limerick Georgian Quarter Christmas Market will be open during Winterfest from 3.30pm-7pm on Friday November 20th and between 12-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, November 21st and 22nd.

Local artists will also display their work during the Christmas Market opening times on the railings of Limerick’s award winning People’s Park for “Art on the Park” and unique art gifts will be available to purchase.

Winterfest will be extensively promoted throughout the Mid-West in a campaign run by the Limerick Co-Ordination Office which is funded by Limerick City Council and Shannon Development.

Eoghan Prendergast, Shannon Development’s Limerick Development Manager said Limerick is renowned as a great visitor destination.

“This year we are delighted to be supporting this initiative to attract off season visitors to Limerick to enjoy its seasonal attractions, shopping and a Christmas experience,” he said. “Winterfest when combined with other events happening throughout the greater Limerick area, including the Georgian Christmas market, the Magners and Heineken Rugby Games in Thomond Park and the great value offers from the hotel and other accommodation sectors are designed to showcase Limerick to visitors and to appeal to visitors interested in Christmas markets.”

Full details of all of these events and festivals’ can be found on

To support this and other initiatives Shannon Development is mounting a promotional campaign in both the press and radio media highlighting the great offers to be got in the run up to Christmas.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Kiely, said the city’s Christmas Lights and 100ft floating Christmas tree are particularly environmentally friendly this year.

“All the main features of the city’s beautiful Christmas decorations are powered by low energy, low voltage bulbs which represents a huge energy saving,” he explained. “This means there will be a 75% saving on the running costs on the city’s bridges alone where there are almost 4000 LED bulbs.

Our recycled Christmas tree will be even taller this year at 100 feet, without doubt the tallest Christmas tree in Ireland.”

Limerick’s 100ft (30.5m) ‘green’ tree is made from salvaged steel from major local building projects, including the re-development of Thomond Park and the Shannon Tunnel. It was designed by White Young Greene Consulting Engineers.

A Winterfest Market will also take place in Thomas Street on Friday, November 20th between 11am-7pm and between 9am-4pm on Saturday with a full programme of live music while local band Idol Bones will keep shoppers entertained throughout the day in Arthur’s Quay shopping centre.

The ever popular Saturday Market will take place in Ellen Street between 8am-2.30pm while the Milk Market area is being re-furbished and the Sunday Riverside Market in Bedford Row (12-5pm) will take place for Winterfest weekend and every weekend leading up to Christmas, showcasing the very best of Limerick’s creative talent as well as providing live entertainment and culinary delights.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Limerick’s friendly Street Ambassadors over Winterfest weekend. With the tallest Christmas tree in Ireland, a wonderful display of festive lights and the perfect mix of traditional and new businesses taking part in Winterfest, Limerick city centre is definitely the place to shop this Christmas!

[ From The Limerick Coordination Office ]