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Dublin City Council unveil Winter Lights

  • Mon, 3 Dec 2018

Dublin is such a magical place at Christmas and this year it’s getting even more festive with Dublin City Council’s ‘Winter Lights Dublin City’

Dublin City Council launched their dazzling display of illumination at 13 locations across the city centre at the weekend, and it’s to remain in place for 31 days until January 2nd, 2019.

For the past year, the council has been busy planning for this light installation that sees 13 locations light up in a Christmas theme. The ambitious new concept to illuminate the city this Christmas was conceived to elevate Dublin to take its place amongst the iconic ‘Cities of Light’ around the world.

Winter Lights Dublin City features thirteen iconic sites illuminated and animated for 31 nights using customised projections. The lights envelop the city with in a festive fantasy with enhanced Christmas lights on city streets and building projections between sunset and 2am each night. The projections are now illuminating City Hall, Trinity College, Liberty Hall, Civic Offices, GPO, The Mansion House, Hugh Lane Gallery, Custom House and Covanta Dublin Waste to Energy Plant in Poolbeg. Enhanced Christmas Lights are on Samuel Beckett Bridge, Millennium Bridge, O’Connell Street and Parliament Street.

The tradition of bringing the family into the city at Christmas is only going to get better with the creation of these fantastic features.

Here’s the science!

According to Dublin City Council, Winter Lights Dublin City is eco-friendly and the technology for some of the projections will use lights that consume 80% less power than their traditional predecessors with the most innovative and advanced energy efficient technology, sourced in Italy. Plans for one of the bridges calls for 15 million colour combinations with the whole installation using less electric power than a domestic iron or 10 household light bulbs. 157,800 low power LEDs, 100 tonnes of equipment and 15,780 metres of cable have been employed to illuminate the city in a whole new way for 2018.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring said “My team of helpers have been working as hard as Santa’s elves to make the vision of ‘Winter Lights Dublin City’ a reality.

“Christmas is a wonderful, magical and enchanting time of year and the lighting of some of city’s great iconic buildings and structures will give everyone another reason to visit the city and view this exciting new seasonal experience.

“I was always brought into ‘town’ for Christmas to look at the great Christmas window displays in Clery’s and Switzers (showing my age!). These features are sadly gone, but this ultra modern, yet brilliantly seasonal and innovative lighting display will, I hope, become a popular part of Christmas in the best city in the world – your city, my city, our city!”

Get your photo at the ‘Winter Lights Dublin City’ by one of these locations:

Projection Locations: 

• City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2
• Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2
• Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1
• Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8
• GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
• The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
• Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
• Custom House, North Dock, Dublin 1
• Covanta Dublin Waste to Energy Plant, Poolbeg, Dublin 4

Lighting Locations:

• Samuel Beckett Bridge
• Millennium Bridge
• O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
• Parliament Street, Dublin 2