Friday 20 September 2019

Christmas in the capital ‘to be busiest in eight years’

Shoppers under Christmas lights on Henry Street, Dublin.
Shoppers under Christmas lights on Henry Street, Dublin.

Ciara Treacy

With an enormous snow globe and 4.5km of Christmas lights, Dublin is in for its busiest festive season in years.

Yuletide spirits will be lifted this year following a pickup in the economy, according to CEO of Dublin Town Richard Guiney.

“We’re expecting it to be the busiest Christmas since 2007,” he said. “The footfall has been up in the city across the year and the spend has been good.

“There’s a real sense of optimism around the city and I think it’ll come together over the Christmas period. We haven’t lost that, and during the recession we didn’t lose it, so now that things are looking up for the city, I think we have a lot to build on.”

Mr Guiney was speaking at the launch of the Dublin at Christmas programme on O’Connell St, which was attended by Lord Mayor

Criona Ni Dhalaigh and special guest Santa Claus.

“There will be Christmas lights on about 30 streets and if you actually line them all up, one after the other, there would be about 4.5km long of Christmas lights and the kids love that,” he said.

“I have to say I think Dublin does Christmas better than anywhere else in the world and the atmosphere is always fantastic.”

The programme runs from November 12 – when the lights on Henry Street will be switched on – with the giant snow globes moved between the main shopping streets.


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