Tonight Dublin officially welcomed Christmas by turning on all the Christmas lights and by letting the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Mícheál MacDonncha, the CEO of Dublintown.ie, Richard Guiney, and Arnotts‘ Santa Claus light the 40 ft Christmas tree on O’Connell Street. Masses of people have been bustling around the city during the day and they gathered around 5.30pm at various spots to see the light show. Down by the Christmas tree on O’Connell Street Christmas music was being played to entertain the eager crowd and the radio Djs, Jim Jim and Nobby from FM104s radio show called Strawberry Alarm Clock were there to give information about the evening and keep everyone’s spirits lifted.
They introduced a new feature to the light show this year and that was two separate processions, named the Dublin at Christmas Procession. One of them started at Grafton Street and the other on Mary Street, allowing them to meet in the middle on O’Connell Street. During the procession, the Christmas lights in the corresponding streets lit up. When the procession reached O’Connell Street, the Lord Mayor of Dublin held a short speech, followed by a few words from the CEO of Dublintown.ie. Santa then entered the stage and all three of them lit up the Christmas tree and confetti filled the sky.
The Circular spoke to three different people who went to experience “Dublin at Christmas“.
Sebastian Meyer comes from Bremen, Germany and this was his first time experiencing this event. He thought it was a great event, but the structure of it could have been improved. “It was a bit too crowded and people seemed to be unsure of what was going to happen, but I wouldn’t mind going to see it again. However, I think I would rather watch the parade.”
Nadine Schneider comes from Stuttgart, Germany and this was also her first time experiencing the light show. “I loved the confetti, but the countdown was a bit too short and I also missed the parade. I think it’s a nice idea to open the Christmas season like this, but there is also room for improvement”. Despite this, she loved the Christmas music that played before the show started.
Moe Nader comes from Cairo, Egypt, but has lived in Dublin for the last four years. He enjoyed the show but found it to be quite crowded. “It was not as good as the past events, as they would divide up the streets and each street would have events on different days. There would be more going on, such as people singing in choirs and bands. It was more accessible than this year“.
If you would like to see more from the evening from the audience, you can search for the hashtag #Dublinatchristmas. You can also check out @Dublintown or @Dublincitycouncil on all social media platforms for the official information.
Did you go to see the Christmas lights being turned on? If so, what did you think?