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Organisers Are "Completely Changing" How The Christmas Lights Will Be Turned On This Year

By Megan Cassidy

October 19, 2017 at 11:51am


You might remember there was a bit of a hoopla over the Christmas Lights in Dublin last year. 

Over 20,000 people flocked to Grafton St. for the turning on ceremony, resulting in mayhem and long delays. 

It was revealed last week that this year's event will take place on November 19th, but organisers say this year will be "completely different". 

Where previously lights on Henry St, Grafton St and Smithfield Square were switched on across three different dates, this year the whole city will light up on one day. 

Dublin Town’s Clyde Carroll revealed: “Coming into town to see the moment the Christmas lights get switched on, which marks the official start of the Christmas season, has always been a thing for families and friends to come in and experience.

“But in recent years it has grown into a huge occasion in the city and last year an event on Grafton Street was planned to cater for a crowd based on previous attendance but the crowd that showed up far exceeded our expectations and plans.

“Having fully analysed what happened last year, we are completely changing how the lights will be switched on in the city to accommodate more people and make it a more comfortable experience for all, especially young children.

“We have spent the past few months working on the plan with all city stakeholders and our partners on Dublin At Christmas, Dublin City Council.

“We cannot announce full details just yet as the plan is in final planning approval but I am very excited to share it in a couple of weeks.

“All I can say now is, with our partners, we plan to light up the whole city, all streets in one day and that magical day will be Sunday 19th of November.”

READ MORE: The Christmas Lights Are Already Going Up In Dublin


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