Dublin gears up for 2021 Christmas

 Thursday, November 11, 2021 

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Dublin city’s Christmas lights were turned on this evening, lighting popular streets up ahead of the festive season.

A patient at Temple Street Children’s Hospital had the role of switching the iconic Grafton Street lights on.

This was the second year in a row that people could not gather in the city to watch the lights being switched due to COVID-19.

But a live broadcast from the balcony of Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street was set up for anyone who didn’t want to miss out on the moment.

The DublinTown Christmas lights consist of over 1 million low energy LED light bulbs, over 300,000 individual light bulbs on Grafton street alone and approx. 4km of lights in total across Grafton Street, Henry Street, South William Street Capel Street and more. 

The CEO of DublinTown, Richard Guiney said the lights are a huge task for the group every year.

He said that the DublinTown Christmas lights are by far the biggest task that we undertake for our business members and people of Dublin each year. 2020 and 2021 has been extremely challenging years for Dublin city-centre businesses.  Dublin Town has shared these experiences with our members.

This year the erecting of the Christmas lights means so much more than any other year and they would ask people to come and support the city centre businesses at this special time. Stores have been gearing up for Christmas and are ready to meet customer needs.

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