Bright lights, big city this Christmas with 13 radiant attractions

Council unveils Winter Lights Dublin City – a year in planning ... and a sight to behold

No, it’s not your eyes playing tricks because of short days and long nights at this time of year. Neither is it a consequence of overindulgence in the hard stuff. The lighting effects around Dublin city this season are, well, something special and comprise part of Dublin City Council’s Winter Lights Dublin City.

After nearly a year’s planning, the council has unveiled its illuminations at 13 city centre locations, lighting up the city each night between sunset and 2am until January 2nd.

The scheme involves customised projections illuminating and animating places including City Hall, Trinity College, Liberty Hall, Civic Offices, GPO, The Mansion House, Hugh Lane Gallery, Custom House and the Waste to Energy Plant in Poolbeg. There are also more elaborate Christmas lights on Samuel Beckett Bridge, Millennium Bridge, O’Connell Street and Parliament Street.

The council says Winter Lights Dublin City is eco-friendly and some projections involve lights using 80 per cent less power than the traditional variety. The advanced energy-efficient technology was sourced in Italy.


The illumination of one of the bridges, according to the council, involves 15 million colour combinations. But the entire installation, apparently, uses less electric power than a domestic iron or 10 household light bulbs.

The city’s new illumination project has deployed 157,800 low power LEDs, 100 tonnes of equipment and 15,780m of cable.

Winter Lights Dublin City projection locations:

  • City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2
  • Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2
  • Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1
  • Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8
  • GPO, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1
  • The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
  • Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
  • Custom House, North Dock, Dublin 1
  • Covanta Dublin Waste to Energy Plant, Poolbeg, Dublin 4

Lighting locations:

  • Samuel Beckett Bridge
  • Millennium Bridge
  • O'Connell Street, Dublin 1
  • Parliament Street, Dublin 2
Deirdre Falvey

Deirdre Falvey

Deirdre Falvey is a features and arts writer at The Irish Times