The Christmas countdown has begun, and what better way to kick off the festive activities than to attend Dublin’s Festival of Light. The highlight of this festival is the turning on of the Christmas lights that adorn the streets of Dublin. Come and witness this magical event for yourself and maybe get some Christmas shopping done – we’ve plenty of Dublin hotels for you to stay in.
The Festival of Light, which takes place next Sunday the 25th of November, is the official launch of the Christmas season in Dublin city. It starts about 4.15pm when the Dublin Fire Brigade Band will entertain on O’Connell Street and the parade starts at 4.30pm. The parade will work its way from Wolfe Tone Park, down Henry Street and onto O’Connell Street. Featured in the parade there will be ever-popular carol singing of the Discovery Choir and the Saint Andrews Choir.
On the preceding Wednesday the lights of the Christmas Tree are being lit by the Lord Mayor at about 5:15pm. The 56 year old Norway Spruce is over 18 metres tall, weighs 3 tons, was grown in Athy, Kildare and is Ireland’s largest ever Christmas Tree!
To highlight World Aids Day taking place on 1st December, there will be Red ribbons placed on the tree and this extraordinary event will also be attended by some of our Special Olympian Heroes who did us proud in the 2007 games held in October in China.
With only days left to this festival, now is the time to book your accommodation. We’ve plenty of Dublin hotels that would make for an excellent base for the festivities, shopping, nightlife and sightseeing.
Other hotels close to O’Connell Street include the 2-Star Abbey Hotel on Abbey Street and the River House Hotel, which is located on Eustace Street in Temple Bar. Also in Temple Bar is the 3 star Paramount Hotel which is on Parliament Street.
If you’re looking for some extra luxury in the city centre, then check into the glamorous Westin Dublin, which is a 5-Star hotel on Westmoreland Street.
Hope this helps you choose the perfect hotel for the Christmas festivities. Remember if you’ve any question about Dublin hotels, please leave a comment in the box below.