Little faces and streets light up for Christmas
IT'S beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
The Grafton Street lights in Dublin were turned on last night in a yuletide extravaganza to mark the start of the festive season.
Hundreds of people crowded on to Grafton Street to see the spectacular lights being switched on by Irish 'X Factor' star Melanie McCabe.
Stilt-walkers tottered among the crowd and face-painters brightened up little smiles.
The Hallelujah Gospel Choir burst out a rendition of 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' as the lights were switched on.
Almost a quarter of a million bulbs were used to light up 30 streets in Dublin's city centre.
The chandelier-style lights on Grafton Street were created by the same designers who created the lights on the Eiffel Tower.
"Last year I remember coming to see the lights getting switched on. Now I'm doing it, so it's a really big privilege to be asked," said Melanie.