There will be no official ceremony for switching on Dublin’s Christmas lights this year, as the event is said to cause “too much disruption”.

Dublin Town made the announcement late last week, saying that while the lights will still be turned on, there will be no celebration of the switch being flipped as they fear that it would cause overcrowding on the streets of the city.

The lights are expected to be turned on within the next week. They said in lieu of the switch-on, there will be a number of smaller events taking place across the capital instead.

On Facebook, Dublin Town said: “We’re getting lots of questions about the Christmas lights and if you’re in town you’ve probably noticed them going up, so here’s a little update from us!

“The city’s streets will be lit up in full Christmas spirit with our lights on 30 streets turning on in early November. There is no official switch-on event this year.

“We can’t wait to see all your photos during our favourite time of the year! Make sure to use #DublinatChristmas. This is what you can expect from the lights this year.”

In past years, there have been a number of events across the city that attract people in significant numbers, mainly at Grafton Street and in Smithfield.

A number of big names have had the honour of switching on the city for Christmas, including Canadian crooner Michael Buble in 2011. Last year, the lights were switched on by the Lord Mayor.