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  • Mon 13 November, 2017



Christmas officially begins as soon as the festive lights are switched on across Dublin City marking the start of the Dublin at Christmas festive period. This year, DublinTown and Dublin City Council in partnership, are creating a procession of light that will illuminate the entire city with a magical Christmas event on Sunday 19 November 2017 starting at 5.30pm

Dublin At Xmas 2017 from on Vimeo.

Experience the warmth and festive charm of the city centre as TWO Dublin at Christmas Processions parade through Dublin’s streets illuminating one million of the city’s festive lights erected by DublinTown on behalf of the businesses in the city centre.

Watch in awe as all of the festive lights across 30 city streets and O’Connell Street’s Christmas Tree, erected by Dublin City Council will be switched-on in one afternoon as part of this beautiful and radiant procession.

Starting at the Stephen’s Green end of Grafton St and the Capel Street end of Mary St, performers LUXe will lead both processions through the streets of Dublin before joining together in a beautiful celebration on O’Connell Street, where the Lord Mayor of Dublin will switch on the lights of the 40ft Christmas tree.

Speaking ahead of the launch of Dublin at Christmas, Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha said: Dublin city is a truly magical place at Christmas.

This year to officially start the festive season, Dublin City Council in partnership with DublinTown is delighted to bring you a stunning cross city Procession of Light that will finish on O’Connell Street where I will turn on the lights of the Christmas tree.

“As part of the festive programme of events, Dublin City Council will also host a spectacular free family Christmas event called Smithfield Lights on Sunday, 26th November. I invite visitors and Dubliners to come into the city to watch both of these events and enjoy the magical atmosphere. Also, come along to the Mansion House on the 11th December, when I will open the traditional Live Animal Crib to the public. Táim ag súil le Féile Nollag iontach don gCathair i mbliana.”

DublinTown CEO, Richard Guiney, said:

͞This Christmas season DublinTown will continue the tradition of erecting stunning Christmas lights on 30 streets in the city centre. DublinTown, on behalf of the businesses in the city centre purchase and erect the Christmas lights.

“Over the past number of years, we have seen a huge surge in the popularity of the lighting ceremonies with people of all ages. This year we are delighted to work with our partners in Dublin City Council to create something very different, one cross-city event . We are inviting visitors to come into the city to watch one of two processions as they journey through the many shopping streets of Dublin, switching on the lights along the way.”

The Dublin at Christmas Procession of Light is in association with FM104 and the Herald.

For more information on all the events happening in Dublin over the Christmas period visit


A free, family-friendly event, both Dublin at Christmas Processions will start at 5.30pm from the starting locations.

Visitors can download a route map from for procession viewing areas and best location advice for families with buggies.

Dublin at Christmas Procession South: will journey from the Stephen’s Green end of Grafton street ; make its way down Grafton Street passing Trinity College on to Westmoreland Street and over O’Connell Bridge and on to O’Connell Street.

Dublin at Christmas Procession North: will start at the Capel Street end of Mary Street on Dublin’s north side and make its way through Mary Street, Henry Street, Moore Street, Parnell Street and O’Connell Street to the Spire where it will meet Procession of Light South.

O’Connell St Tree Lights: The Lord Mayor of Dublin will welcome both processions and together with the performers and with the people of Dublin the Lord Mayor will begin the countdown to switch on the lights of the 40ft Christmas tree.