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Festive cheer Dublin Winter Lights show: Where to find this year's Christmas illuminations

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Pictured is the GPO on O'Connell Street, as after nearly one year in planning, 'Winter Lights Dublin City' proudly presented by Dublin City Council IS NOW LIVE.

Pictured is the GPO on O'Connell Street, as after nearly one year in planning, 'Winter Lights Dublin City' proudly presented by Dublin City Council IS NOW LIVE.

Pictured is the GPO on O'Connell Street, as after nearly one year in planning, 'Winter Lights Dublin City' proudly presented by Dublin City Council IS NOW LIVE.

Dublin will be lit with some spectacular illuminations to bring much-needed cheer to the capital's streets and landmarks.

Seventeen locations - four more than last year - will be brightened up with light shows and projections for the annual Christmas event.

O'Connell Street, Millenium Bridge and Samuel Beckett Bridge are among seven locations where there will be loads of festive sparkle.

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Colourful light shows will be projected on to ten venues including the Custom House, the GPO, the Mansion House and Trinity College.

"I think this year more than ever we all need a bit of Christmas cheer," Lord Mayor Hazel Chu said.

"Winter Lights is becoming an important part of the Christmas tradition, and I can't wait to see some of Dublin's most iconic buildings all lit up and sparkling.

"Dublin is always a special place at Christmas time.

"There's no doubt it will be different from previous years, but that doesn't mean it will be any less magical."

Throughout December, the city will be transformed with dazzling colours thanks to 157,800 low-power LED lights, 100 tonnes of equipment and 15,780 metres of cable.

The lights that power some of the projections consume less than 80pc of the energy of their traditional predecessors, said the city council, which is behind the scheme.

New locations added to the list this year are the Mater Hospital, Capital Dock, the Jeanie Johnston famine ship and the CHQ Triumphal Arch.

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Smithfield will also be getting an enhanced display, featuring photos of frontline workers to thank them for their contribution in helping to keep the city running.

This is the third year of Winter Lights, which has been very popular with Dubliners and visitors alike in the past.

The council's culture company is working with community groups and artists to create four new artworks to go with the lights at venues including Wood Quay.

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