Thursday 19 April 2018

There’s something pretty special planned for the turning on of Christmas lights in Dublin this weekend

Grafton Street bustling with Christmas Shoppers. Photo: VisitDublin.com
Grafton Street bustling with Christmas Shoppers. Photo: VisitDublin.com
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A procession of light will illuminate the entire city to mark the start of the Dublin at Christmas festive period.

Two Dublin at Christmas processions will parade through the city's streets, one from the northside and one from the southside, and will converge at the Spire on O'Connell Street.

Starting at the Stephen’s Green end of Grafton St and the Capel Street end of Mary St, performers LUXe will lead both processions through the streets of Dublin before joining together in a beautiful celebration on O’Connell Street, where the Lord Mayor of Dublin will switch on the lights of the 40ft Christmas tree.

On their way they will illuminate one million of the city's festive lights across 30 city streets and, finally, the lights will be switched on on the Christmas Tree.

Speaking ahead of the launch of Dublin at Christmas, Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha said “Dublin city is a truly magical place at Christmas. This year to officially start the festive season, Dublin City Council in partnership with DublinTown is delighted to bring you a stunning cross city Procession of Light that will finish on O’Connell Street where I will turn on the lights of the Christmas tree."

The processions kick off at 5.30pm on Sunday November 19.

As part of the festive programme of events, Dublin City Council will also host a spectacular free family Christmas event called ‘Smithfield Lights’ on Sunday, 26th November.  On December 11 the traditional Live Animal Crib will also open to the public at the Mansion House.

For more information on events happening in Dublin over the Christmas period visit www.dublinatchristmas.ie

ROUTE & EVENT INFORMATION

A free, family-friendly event, both Dublin at Christmas processions will start at 5.30pm. Visitors can download a route map from www.dublinatchristmas.ie for viewing areas and best location advice for families with buggies.

Dublin at Christmas Procession South will journey from the Stephen’s Green end of Grafton street, make its way down Grafton Street passing Trinity College on to Westmoreland Street and over O’Connell Bridge and on to O’Connell Street.

Dublin at Christmas Procession North will start at the Capel Street end of Mary Street on Dublin’s north side and make its way through Mary Street, Henry Street, Moore Street, Parnell Street and O’Connell Street to the Spire where it will meet Procession of Light South.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin will welcome both processions and together with the performers and with the people of Dublin the Lord Mayor will begin the countdown to switch on the lights of the 40ft Christmas tree.

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