Dublin City Council’s extremely popular ‘Winter Lights’ returned for the third year in 2020.

From December 1st 2020 to January 1st 2021, 17 locations (see map) across the city were transformed with colourful projections and lighting displays to cheer us all up in what had been a challenging year.

“Dublin is always a special place at Christmas time,” said the Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu. “There’s no doubt Christmas 2020 will be different to previous years, but that doesn’t mean it will be any less magical. Winter Lights is becoming an important part of the Christmas tradition, and all of the locations look fantastic. I think this year more than ever we all need a bit of Christmas cheer.”

New locations in 2020 included the Mater Hospital, Capital Dock, the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and the Triumphal Arch at the CHQ. Smithfield featured photos of frontline workers thanking them for their contribution in helping to keep the city running (#CelebrateYourHero).

The eco-friendly lights featured more than 157,800 low power LEDs, 100 tonnes of equipment and over 15,780 metres of cable. The ship sculpture at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay used less electrical power than a domestic socket; City Hall used the equivalent of about two dishwashers; Hugh Lane used the equivalent of a vacuum cleaner, and The Mansion House used 2kw (a decrease of 80% on 2018).

#CelebrateYourHero

Winter Lights Dublin

Dublin City Council Culture Company worked with community groups and artists across Dublin to create four brand new artworks for Winter Lights 2020. They were:

  • ‘Keep on Moving’ by Richmond Barracks Over-55s Movement Group for the Samuel Beckett Bridge: a bespoke four-minute dance around the themes of strength, resilience and fun, featuring several styles of dance and the groups’ very own haka.
  • ‘Home Truths Stories from The Croft and Hollybrook Lodge’ care homes for Dublin City Hall is a four-minute storied animation of reminiscences from residents of their childhoods, their life experiences, the challenges they face with COVID-19, and their messages of hope.
  • ‘HACE’ (Henrietta Street Adult & Community Education) worked with artist Helen Barry to create ‘Together’ for the Civic Offices at Wood Quay: a three minute shadow-puppetry-based animation on Christmas and Dublin.
  • And The National Neighbourhood created ‘Look Out For The Light’ for the Mater Hospital – a four-minute digital animation celebrating the power of hope, community, positivity and togetherness.


Full List of Projection Locations:

  • City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2 (community created artworks)
  • Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 (community created artworks)
  • Covanta Dublin Waste to Energy Plant, Poolbeg, Dublin 4
  • The Custom House, North Dock, Dublin 1
  • The GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
  • The Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 (community created artworks)
  • The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
  • Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
  • Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2
  • The Mater Hospital (community created artworks)

Full List of Lighting Locations:

  • Millennium Bridge
  • O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
  • Parliament Street, Dublin 2
  • Samuel Beckett Bridge (community created artworks)
  • Capital Dock
  • The Jeanie Johnston Ship
  • CHQ Triumphal Arch

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