For the first time, residents of Manor Street and Stoneybatter will enjoy Christmas lights during December as their street lighting is turned on this Friday.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, will flick the switch on festive street lighting in Stoneybatter on December 7.

Local business owners have contributed substantially to the overall cost of the Stoneybatter Christmas lights and funds were also raised through activities including table quizzes, raffles and kids yoga which took place over the past number of weeks with support from the community.

There will also be an extensive programme of Christmas events, organised by Stoneybatter Pride of Place, featuring entertainment, food and drink, arts, culture and heritage and fun for all the family.

A highlight in the schedule will be the Christmas Window competition, with residents and business owners encouraged to decorate their windows in a fun and festive manner.

The competition will be judged by award-winning writers Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen (of OMG, What a Complete Aisling fame), along with Irish Times columnist Conor Pope and members of Dublin City Council.

Other events taking place include the 12 Days of Christmas Family Trails at the National Museum, Collins Barracks, a Christmas Concert in St Lawrence’s Church, and the Winter Solstice Celebration Parade.

Joe Costello, chairperson of Stoneybatter Pride of Place, said: “We are delighted that local residents and businesses have come together to celebrate Christmas in Stoneybatter. The entire community is deeply engaged and all the businesses are participating.

“Christmas is a time for celebrating with family and friends. We would encourage all residents and those visiting the area during December to shop local and support our local community.”