Welcome to Dublin at Christmastime! The temperatures are hovering near freezing at night but the days have been tolerably warm and dry. Said we, "Let's go out on Saturday and enjoy the Christmas sights of the city!" Saturday arrived and the forecast was in: Rain and winds gusting up to gale-force. Shucks. "Well, guess we'll have to bundle up!"
We took the bus into town to avoid some of the rain slogging. We walked around familiar places in the city and finished some shopping while we waited for the sun to go down. After a pint at the Brew Dock pub, it was dark, we were warm, and our camera was ready.
|Christmas lights in Dublin|
Many of the busy shopping streets are decorated with various lights and decorations. In the above photo, Baile Atha Cliath (town at the hurdled ford or river crossing) is the modern Irish language word for Dublin City.
These next photos were taken from O'Connell Street looking down both sides of Henry Street. Henry is one of the busiest shopping districts on the North side of the River Liffey. Stalls are set up selling cheap gifties like One Direction stockings and knock-off perfume and cologne gift boxes.
|OMG!!! It's 1-D!!!|
|More sparkling lights|
|O'Connell Street Tree|
|Department Store Bow|
|Nollaig Shona Duit- Happy Christmas to You!|
As Americans, we notice comparatively few private homes are decorated with lights here in Dublin. Some families have decorated the roof and windows with modest and tasteful lighting, but we have yet to see the garish and over-the-top American-style Christmas lighting with inflatable characters, plastic models, and rotating animated projections on garage doors. Each neighborhood around Dublin has its own Christmas lighting plan and ceremony. The community contributes to the holiday spirit instead of individual families competing for the neighborhood Christmas-Light Cup. We're planning to visit (and share!) more holiday displays as we close in on Christmas.