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).