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Thursday 8 December 2016

Dublin to deck the streets with over 4.5km of lights

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Grafton St will be aglow when the Christmas lights are turned on
Grafton St will be aglow when the Christmas lights are turned on

Almost 50,000 Christmas lights will illuminate Grafton Street from mid-November as Dublin prepares for the festive season.

Nearly 30 streets will sparkle with more than 4.5km of fairy lights and other Christmas decorations.

They will remain in place until the start of January - and 25 million people are expected to visit the city centre during that time.

Business group Dublin Town has looked after the capital's Christmas lights since 2008.

"It takes a team of 20 people working through the night over 200 hours to put up all the lights over a four-week period," said chief executive Richard Guiney.

"Christmas is a magical time of year and there is nowhere in the world that matches Dublin City Centre for atmosphere.

"We Dubs do Christmas really well."

Henry Street's Christmas lights are set to be switched on by a mystery guest at 5pm on November 12. Grafton Street will follow on November 15 at 4pm.

A free open-air concert and tree-lighting ceremony will take place in Smithfield Plaza on November 26.

Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh will switch on the lights on the O'Connell Street Christmas tree on Sunday, November 29.

That will be followed by Geansai Nollaig 2015, a world record-breaking Christmas jumper challenge.

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