Thirteen city sites, 157k LEDs, a beautiful winter spectacle.
After a year in planning, ‘Winter Lights Dublin City’, proudly presented by Dublin City Council, is live. The ambitious project to illuminate the city this Christmas, in 13 locations for 31 nights until January 2nd 2019, was conceived to elevate Dublin to take its place amongst the iconic ‘Cities of Light’ around the world.
‘Winter Lights Dublin City’ features iconic sites illuminated and animated using customised projections. The projections illuminate 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. Projections are live from sunset until 2.00 am. Enhanced Christmas Lights are now also in place on Samuel Beckett Bridge, Millennium Bridge, O’Connell Street and Parliament Street.
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 the 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 Clerys 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!”
City of Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration Festival
DIT Grangegorman - Smithfield Sq
Young and old are invited to take part in this year's magical parade which honours the Winter Solstice, marking the shortest day of the year which is celebrated worldwide across a range of cultures.
Meet with The Sun Queen and Snow Princesses, place your withies in the flame, join us in the colourful drum led parade to Smithfield Square and be there as we raise our fire to the world in a roaring, climactic moment. Bring warm, colourful clothes to wear for the parade. Red and yellow colours are preferable. Please also feel free to carry your own battery operated lanterns, or a drum or rattle
It's back again, Dublin's most loved Christmas Experience at Malahide Castle & Gardens.
One of the most magical experiences this Christmas - a trip to see Santa & Mrs Claus in their cosy grotto in the enchanted surrounds of Malahide Castle!
The fun doesn't stop there! All families are invited to tour the beautiful rooms of the castle where we have special guests awaiting them. This year Santa & Mrs Claus have invited their forest friends, Robin Hood, Maid Marian and Friar Tuck, to entertain Santa's visitors. An experience not to be missed!
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Gather in the heart of Dublin with family and friends, as the Custom House, one of Dublin's iconic landmarks, becomes the centre of this year's New Year's Festivities. Celebrate with Gavin James at the 3Countdown Concert or ring in the New Year at one of the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment events!
Liffey Lights Midnight Moment Matinée: Families and friends of all ages can celebrate the New Year at the highly anticipated Liffey Lights Midnight Moment Matinée. Watch in delight and amazement as laser lights and aqua beams dance through the sky as you count down to the New Year. This is fr