Illuminating the magic of Dublin

After a successful first year, Dublin City Council’s Winter Lights return to illuminate the magic of Dublin this December. Every evening, from sunset to 2AM, the city will be transformed, with custom projections and lighting displays.

Projections will illuminate the facades of buildings including City Hall, The Civic Offices, The Custom House, The GPO, The Hugh Lane, The Mansion House, Covanta Dublin Waste to Energy Plant at Poolbeg and Trinity College. Glistening seasonal lighting will be installed at O’Connell Street, Millennium Bridge, Parliament Street, Samuel Beckett Bridge.

Two new locations have also been added to the festivities this year, with Christ Church Cathedral and Smithfield Square set to receive a merry makeover. Projection mapping specialists, Lightscape have been chosen to create the first projections for Christ Church Cathedral. On New Year’s Eve the display will transform from a 2D animation into a 3D spectacle, just in time to ring in the New Year.

Winter Lights Dublin 2018

Dublin City Council Culture Company runs cultural initiatives and buildings across the city, with and for, the people of Dublin. This year they are working with community groups and artists to help create the lighting designs for Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and Civic Offices.

Beyond creativity and community engagement, what does it take to illuminate the magic of Dublin? 157,800 low power LEDs, 100 tonnes of equipment and 15,780 metres of cable. Believe it or not, this dazzling display is eco-friendly. The lights that power some of the projections consume less than 80% of the energy of their traditional predecessors. The lights on the Samuel Beckett Bridge use less electrical power than a domestic iron or 10 household light bulbs.

All 14 locations are illuminated from December 1st to New Year’s Day.

  • City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2
  • Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8
  • Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8
  • 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
  • The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
  • Millennium Bridge
  • O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
  • Parliament Street, Dublin 2
  • Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
  • Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2

If you’re out and about enjoying the magic, be sure to share your pictures of Dublin City’s Winter Lights using the hashtag #winterlightsdublin.