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Winter Lights in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

14th December 2020

Dublin is lighting up our lives for the month of December and into New Year’s Day. Making a welcome return this holiday season, Winter Lights has the city twinkling and glowing.

The cityscape has been transformed between sunset and 2am by 157,800 low wattage LEDs. Dublin City Council has brought back the hugely popular Winter Lights for its 4th year in 2021 with two walking trails, one each on the Northside and Southside. Feel the magic around town as a rainbow of illuminations make the fair city even prettier than usual.

The GPO on O'Connell Street

By using environmentally friendly lights, non diesel generators and energy efficient projectors, the capital will be awash with colour in an eco conscious way. The Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship will be lit up using less electricity than an average household socket, while a mere two vacuum cleaners’ worth of wattage powers the Hugh Lane Gallery's display.

The Hugh Lane Gallery

The city council have also collaborated with community groups and artists to create stunning artworks as part of the festival. From Children’s Art Competition entries of 'Dublin’s Winter Wildlife' in Barnardo Square to imagery saluting community spirit on the walls of the Mater Hospital, the city showcases its creativity and heart.

The Samuel Beckett Bridge

Catch the various projections at the City Hall, GPO, Mansion House and many other locations throughout the city. This year's display in Smithfield will be paying tribute to 76 local volunteers who have kept the community going. The light show here thanks everyone from Tidy Towns participants and sports coaches to charity workers, through portraits of the amazing people involved.

The Millennium Bridge

With 21 locations citywide including new additions like the Jeanie Johnston, Capital Dock and the Triumphal Arch at the CHQ Building, this year's Winter Lights event has expanded to bring us even more seasonal joy.

Take a drive to check out the displays, stroll one (or both) of the walking trails and let the lights inspire you for a shiny new 2022.

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