What’s On: Top 10 live events this December in Cork

The 10 Best things to do in Cork this December.

Head on down to Cork this December to be inundated with options of things to do and events to attend. This sleepy little seaside city in the southwest of Ireland may be calm and charming on first look, but don’t be fooled, Cork boasts an impressive social calendar.

Check out now our top 10 best events in Cork this December!

10. Abba Forever: The Christmas Party

It may be corny for sure, but this promises to be one of the most fun-filled Christmas extravaganzas taking place in Cork this December.

The all-singing, all-dancing ABBA tribute will have you toe-tapping and singing along throughout the two-hour performance which includes a Swedish-inspired menu and mulled wine on arrival.

When: Thursday 6 December 2018 @ 7pm
Where: Ballymaloe Grainstore, Ballymaloe House, Cork, Ireland
How Much: €59.41
Tickets: Click Here

9. The Lee Sessions

Taking place in Sin É, one of Cork’s longest running music establishments is The Lee Sessions. This continuously running artist showcase is considered a leading music platform which represents local and traditional artists.

Hosted each Saturday with a constantly evolving line-up, this is a music event not to be missed!

When: Every Saturday in December 2018
Where: Sin É, Coburg Street, Cork, Ireland
How Much: Free

8. Handel’s Messiah Performed By East Cork Choral Society

Nothing says Christmas better than a stunning performance of Handel’s Messiah by the East Cork Choral Society.

This golden score is forever tied to the festive season and always offers a great sense of magic amongst the crowds who attend.

When: Saturday 29 December 2018 @ 8pm
Where: Ballymaloe Grainstore, Ballymaloe House, Cork, Ireland
How Much: €25
Tickets: Click Here

7. Cinderella

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the panto with the family to see an ultimate classic like Cinderella.

This December, the fairy tale will take place at Cork’s esteemed The Everyman Theatre in the city.

The show-stopping performance sold out last year, so be sure to book well in advance!

When: Throughout December 2018
Where: The Everyman, 15 MacCurtain Street, Cork, Ireland
How Much: €28 (€100 family of four)
Tickets: Click Here

6. Lisa Hannigan

One music gig not to be missed this December in Cork has got to be Lisa Hannigan at The White Horse in Ballincollig.

The Irish native has gained international recognition for her mesmerising lyrics and multi-instrumental performances which have bewitched crowds in Ireland and abroad.

When: Friday 07 December 2018 @ 8.30pm
Where: The White Horse, Ballincollig, Cork, Ireland
How Much: €23 – 26.50
Tickets: Click Here

5. Christmas Party Fundraiser

If looking to take part in something for the greater cause this December, look no further than the Christmas Party Fundraiser for Homeless Help and Support Cork.

Taking place in the Rochestown Park Hotel this party will be a fun-filled night of charitable giving and good fun. The evening will consist of a cocktail reception, a four-course meal, DJ til’ late and dancing all night long – all whilst raising much-needed funds for charity!

When: Wednesday 19 December 2018 @ 7pm
Where: Rochestown Park Hotel, Rochestown Rd, Douglas, Cork, Ireland
How Much: €52.50
Tickets: Click Here

4. The Everyman Sunday Songbook: Christmas with Sinatra

Who screams Christmas vibes more than the one and only Frank Sinatra? This December The Everyman in Cork will host an evening of musical enchantment, paying respect to the godfather of music himself.

With a range of performers and secret special guests to keep the crowd singing along, this is sure to be a gig to remember this December!

When: Sunday 9 December @ 7.30pm
Where: The Everyman, 15 MacCurtain Street, Cork, Ireland
How Much: €27
Tickets: Click Here

3. Hermitage Green

A hot ticket this December on the Cork music scene has got to be Hermitage Green playing live at St. Luke’s. This Irish group have gone from strength to strength since their inception in 2010 and are still on the way up.

With stunning harmonies and melodies to keep you on your feet, there is no denying: this will be a sell-out show. Nab some tickets whilst you can!

When: Friday 15 December 2018 @ 3:30pm
Where: St. Luke’s, Cork, Ireland
How Much: €13.38 – €21.83
Tickets: Click Here

2. Cork Santa Experience

Last year this Santa experience was crowned the “Best Santa in Ireland” as well as in Cork, so safe to say this is the ultimate festive experience.

A fully immersive Grotto offers guests a unique opportunity to explore all of Santa’s magical land including The Elves Post Office, Santa’s Stables as well as Santa’s House.

When: Until Sunday 23 December 2018 @ 12 – 6pm
Where: Santa Experience, Dunnes Stores, 105 Patrick Street, Cork, Ireland
How Much: €10 per child; €5 per adult (€3 per booking transaction)
Tickets: Click Here


Prepare yourself for the ultimate Cork experience this December: GLOW 2018! This month-long celebration of all things seasonal is bound to get you in the holiday mood.

Expect a giant Ferris wheel, festive market stalls, live entertainment and all-round fine holiday fun for the whole family.

When: Weekends throughout December 2018
Where: GLOW 2018, Bishop Lucey Park, Cork, Ireland
How Much: Free

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