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Christmas Happenings that are Free or Almost Free

Free Christmas Festivities

November and December can be an expensive months.  It’s hard to say no to some of the great Christmas stuff that is happening but there are plenty of free Christmas festivities to get you into the Christmas spirit without blowing the budget!!

Lots of our family traditions are low-cost of free.  We love staying at home cozy by the fire watching Christmas movies or baking cookies.   Sometimes though it seems if we leave the house during December we’re bound to spend lots of money we normally don’t spend other months of the year.

It certainly doesn’t have to be that way! There are many budget friendly festivities around but here are a few of our favourites.

Turning on the Lights

Just about every town / city has an annual event to turn on the Christmas lights.  Why not bundle up, fill a flask of hot cocoa and head to out.  Cork City will turn on the Christmas lights on Patrick Street 18 November 2017.

Christmas Parade

We love a good Christmas parade and Killarney pulls out all the stops for their Magic of Christmas Children’s Parade each season.  Check out the all this community run festival has to offer.

Christmas at the Library

From festive story times to colouring competition and family crafts Cork City libraries have a jam-packed schedule of holiday events that will keep the whole family entertained without breaking the bank. Check out the lineup for the month of December here.


It’s fast become a  Cork Christmas tradition and Glow seems to grow stronger every year.  Why not wander around the lights of Bishop Lucey Park,  post your letter to Santa and maybe take a spin on the big wheel.  Glow is open weekends in December.

Community Panto

The Christmas Panto is one of my favourite things about Christmas in Ireland, but taking the whole family can be expensive.  Why not head to the local community panto this year?  It’s a fraction of the cost, just as Christmasy and a great way to support your local community.

Surprise Christmas Lights Tour


One of the kids absolute favourite Christmas traditions is our FREE surprise Christmas lights tour each year.  You can read all about this special event here the kids will LOVE it!

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