A Winter Wonderland of Lights in Dublin City

This year, Merrion Square will join the illuminations of Dublin’s premier buildings with the historic square being turned into a winter wonderland of lights and animation.

Merrion Square is lit up for Dublin’s Winter Lights Festival

Dublin City Council is delighted to launch a range of brand new ‘Dublin Winter Lights’ installations at Merrion Square Park, that will turn the park into a wonderland of lights including a 20m holographic colour-changing tree. The latest addition to the city’s famed festive illuminations will run on the following dates in December: Thurs 2nd – Sun 5th, Thurs 9th – Sun 12th, and Thurs 16th – Wed 22nd. 

The project will see one of Dublin’s most beloved parks reimagined as a mesmerising winter wonderland, replete with a variety of LED-powered, eye-catching animations. One projection will even include an interactive element, allowing the artwork to come to life in new and exciting ways.

Dublin City’s Winter Lights in 2021

Hundreds of LED lights will shine bright through the trees and across the grass of the park. The 15m high Christmas tree in the heart of the park will be fully projected with magical images. One of Merrion Square’s best-known residents, Oscar Wilde will recite some of his famous works, visitors will be able to push through a virtual snowstorm, and you may even see some dancing penguins through the trees. 

Visitors should keep an eye out for a number of exciting characters, who can be spotted at various locations throughout the park. Top the journey off with a hot chocolate before exploring the other lighting installations around the city. 

Book Free Tickets on Eventbrite

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alison Gilliland, said, “I am delighted to be launching this spectacular new addition to the ‘Dublin Winter Lights’ festival. It will be fantastic to see Merrion Square Park, one of our city’s leading green spaces, transformed by these magnificent illuminations. These installations will undoubtedly be great fun for all of the family and will certainly provide some most welcome end-of-year festive cheer.” 

In order to attend this event, visitors must register for a free ticket using Eventbrite. Ticketholders should arrive at the park during their allocated timeslot, otherwise entry may not be guaranteed. The tickets are limited to a maximum of six per person. Entry will start from 5pm, with the last admissions at 9pm. 

The Merrion Square Park installations are part of the wider ‘Dublin Winter Lights’ programme, which consists of twenty-one individual sites across Dublin city. Since 2018, ‘Dublin Winter Lights’ has dazzled Dubliners with its unique and enchanting animations. This year, the projections will be in place until the 1st of January. Find more information about the programme and a map of the installations at Winter Lights. The event is showing booked out on Eventbrite, but walk-ins will be allowed depending on crowds.

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Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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