‘Dublin Winter Lights’ have officially been switched on

Dublin City Council is delighted to announce that the spectacular ‘Dublin Winter Lights were officially switched on last night, 14 November, and will run through until 1 January.

‘Dublin Winter Lights’ have officially been switched on.

The Winter Lights of Dublin City Council have returned once more to illuminate the Christmas spirit of the capital.

16 locations across the city have been transformed with colourful projections and light displays. This includes, for the very first time, The Spire.

In another first, there will be a Viking boat lit up on the Liffey, as well as a new installation in the Liberties’ Bridgefoot St Park.

‘Dublin Winter Lights’ have officially been switched on – Christmas is coming

‘Dublin Winter Lights’ have officially been switched on around the city.
Credit: Instagram / @barryw1985

The run-up to Christmas is well and truly on, and with it, ‘Dublin Winter Lights’ have made a return to the city as of yesterday, 14 November.

There is a walking trail map so that you can start at location number one and work your way through to number 16.

Along the way, you can follow the adventures of Rua the red squirrel, Dublin City Council’s latest children’s book.

At each location along the way, a QR code will be available to read the next chapter of the story. You can check out the entire story and the walking trail map on Winter Lights website here.

Gearing up for the festive season – a beautiful, eco-friendly display

The Mayor at the light displays.
Credit: Dublin City Council / Conor McCabe Photography

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Caroline Conroy, says, “Christmas really is a magical time for everyone and what better way to get you into the festive spirit than to visit this year’s Dublin Winter Lights?

“Whether you’re 5 or 85 I guarantee you’ll enjoy it. So come on into town, visit the lights and feel the magic this Christmas”.

In an incredible nod to the environment, Dublin City Council will have generators that use hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as its fuel source for projections and installations.

This will be the third year running that the council has successfully used these types of generators for its events. This is an excellent alternative to fossil-based diesel fuel.

Plus, where possible, localised battery storage power will be used for some installations. The battery packs will charge during off-peak hours, and, in turn, the stored energy will be used during peak hours to power lights and installations.

Lighting up Dublin – lots of new locations

This year, there are lot's of new locations.
Credit: Instagram / @giorgiana_chioariu

Simon Clarke, from Dublin City Council’s Events section, says, “The introduction of battery packs as a power source for some installations, in addition to the use of HVO generators…confirms Dublin City Councils’ commitment to facilitating and delivering more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable events in the city centre”.

The power used to light The Spire is comparable to that used in a domestic iron (1800w), while a toaster (900w) uses the same power as they are using on the Millennium Bridge.

Other sites included in ‘Dublin Winter Lights’ include Wolfe Tone Square, Samuel Beckett Bridge, the Seán O’Casey Bridge, and many more locations around the city.

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