Thousands watch as Grafton Street Christmas lights turn on
Published 14/11/2013 | 16:23
It's officially the start of the festive season in Dublin.
The iconic Grafton Street Christmas lights have officially been lit - in the same stylish fashion as usual.
While previous years have seen Michael Buble and Downton Abbey actor Allen Leech do the honours, 2013 hosted Irish X Factor star Melanie McCabe as the guest of honour.
Also joining Melanie are members of Dublin's All-Ireland champions, while the Hallelujah gospel choir are singing suitably festive songs as Jack White MC's the event.
The official ceremony marks the beginning of the Christmas season for many and is set to boost the local economy.
The chandelier style lights were created by the same designers that created the lights on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Since 2007, Dublin City Council have been using energy efficient bulbs.
Various towns and cities have already been lit up in recent weeks and the lights on Henry Street will be lit up on November 24.