Sunday 21 January 2018

Over 4.5km of Christmas lights to adorn capital

Dublin City Christmas Lights
Dublin City Christmas Lights

Jane O'Faherty

Some 47,350 individual Christmas lights will illuminate Grafton Street from mid-November as Dublin prepares for the festive season.

Over 4.5km of the city centre will be adorned with festive decorations and lights, with nearly 30 streets set to be lit up this winter.

The official switching-on of the lights will begin on November 12, and they will remain in place until the start of January.

Business group DublinTown has looked after the city's Christmas lights since 2008, and has already started putting up the illuminations.

"Putting up the Christmas lights in Dublin city centre is the most carefully planned and co-ordinated operation that we do each year," said Richard Guiney, chief executive of DublinTown.

"Through co-ordination with businesses in the city, we identify the most suitable times to put up the Christmas lights," he added.

"It takes a team of 20 people, working through the night, over 200 hours to put up the lights over a four-week period."


Henry Street will be the first to get into the Christmas spirit, with the lights there set to be switched on by a special mystery guest at 5pm on November 12.

Meanwhile, Grafton Street will light up on Sunday, November 15 at 4pm.

A special guest is also expected at that event.

Free concerts, celebrity appearances and a Christmas jumper world record attempt have all been lined up across the capital before December.

A free open-air concert and tree-lighting ceremony will take place in Smithfield Plaza on November 26.

Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh will light up the Christmas tree on O'Connell Street on Sunday, November 29.

The event will continue with Geansaí Nollaig 2015, a world record-breaking Christmas jumper challenge.

Irish Independent

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