Christmas lights across town to be illuminated from this evening

by Rachel Darcy

DublinTown, the organisation that puts up the Christmas lights in town each year, have announced that they will be switched on across the city’s main streets this evening.

Starting with Grafton Street at 5pm, the city will be illuminated gradually across the evening, with the likes of Henry Street and Capel Street also set to glow in festive cheer.

You can watch the moment they come on this year by following DublinTown on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram as the Grafton Street lights come on officially starting the city’s Christmas celebrations.

DublinTown took on the task of decorating the city in festive lights in 2008, and in that time have also grown the number of streets with lights from just 3 streets to over 30 streets.

The lights consist of over 1 million low energy LED light bulbs, 47,350 individual light bulbs on Grafton street alone and approx. 5km of lights in total.

Richard Guiney CEO of DublinTown said: “The DublinTown Christmas lights is by far the biggest task that we undertake for our business members and people of Dublin.  We start putting up the Christmas lights across the city from October.  It takes 30 people working through the night, over 4 weeks and over 200 hours to completely erect all the lights.

“Each and every single bulb and fixture is tested by DublinTown’s lighting teams in advance. The lights will be illuminated for over 1,000 hours from November to early January and we invite everyone to go to town and make new Christmas memories under the magic of the DublinTown Christmas lights.”

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