I BELIEVE, the brand new winter village based at the Custom House Quarter, opened last night to kick off the festive season in fine style.
A great crowd gathered to see the focal point of the village, a massive 50 foot Christmas, light up to herald the opening.
Inspired by the 82-year tradition behind the famous Rockefeller tree in New York, where charity plays a focal part of the festivities, organisers say Dublin’s main Christmas market is the first of it’s kind and promises plenty of homegrown crafts and Christmas gifts, along with plenty of food and drink from festive treats to an Apres Ski bar.
O’Connell Street’s Christmas tree will be lit up on Sunday as Dustin the Turkey and Tallaght’s very own Al Porter will host the event, which kicks off at 3.30pm.
Hometown, Melanie McCabe, Dublin Gospel Choir and cast from Christmas panto ‘Freezin’ will all perform before the tree is lit up at 5.55pm.
There will also be an attempt to break last year’s record for the most Christmas jumpers in one place.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, who will arrive in O’Connell Street by snow sleigh to turn on the lights, said “Dublin really comes into its own at this time of year.”
“Whether it’s meeting up with old friends or doing a spot of shopping, Dublin City Council and Dublin Town get it right every year with a fantastic range of festive events to make every visit to Dublin City a captivating experience for all.
“There will be lots of on-street entertainment in O’Connell Street for the switch on of the Christmas Tree Lights including a vintage carousel and strolling Christmas characters.”
OPENING TIMES FOR DUBLIN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE
Monday – Wednesday: 11am – 8pm
Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday: 11am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 8pm