Best Places to See Christmas Light Displays in Ireland

Christmas is a magical time of year and a great thing to get the family out and about during the festive season are Christmas light displays. If you are based on the Emerald Isle or will be visiting during the festive season, then here is a handy list of the best places to see Christmas light displays in Ireland.

Whether you are based in Northern Ireland or the Republic, if you have been wondering are there Christmas light displays near me, then this post is sure to help answer that question. These are among the best festive light displays across the Emerald Isle. It is broken down into counties for easy navigation too.

A picture of Dublin's Custom House at Christmas lit up by lights

Best Places to see Christmas light displays in Ireland

Christmas lights displays in Dublin

Wonderlights

Address: Malahide Demesne, Malahide, Co. Dublin, K36 C432

Wonderlights, first held in 2019 at Palmerstown House Estate, is taking place at Malahide Castle in an event called ‘Castle of Light’. A magical mix of lights, colour and nature on an enchanting 1.8km walk in the castle grounds and forest, this event is suitable for the whole family.

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Winter Lights

Address: Various locations across the city

Held in 2020, this event is expected to return in 2021. Various locations around the city are transformed with festive lighting and colourful projections to bring cheer to the city of Dublin. Locations with Christmas lighting displays in previous years included City Hall, The Custom House, The GPO, The Mansion House and Trinity College. For the very best displays of Christmas lights Dublin has to offer, keep an eye on the website for updates for this year.

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A picture of the Wexford Street, Dublin Christmas Lights with the sign saying Nollaig Shona Duit
Picture Source: PabloBarcelona at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Wild Lights

Address: Dublin Zoo, Saint James’ (part of Phoenix Park), Dublin 8

Running from October to January, this is a hugely popular event and has some of the best festive lighting Dublin has to offer in the exciting weeks before Christmas. This spectacular night-time event takes visitors on a journey ‘Around the world’ during which you can see iconic landmarks and symbols in lights. From Spain to Egypt, France and the USA, this is a festive light display in Dublin not-to-be-missed!

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A picture of the GPO and Christmas tree outside on Dublin's O'Connell Street during the festive season

Christmas light displays in Kildare

Kildare Village Enchanted Christmas Lights (TBC)

Address: Nurney Road, Co. Kildare, R51 R265

Each day in November and December the Enchanted Lights are turned on at 4pm throughout the festive season. It is a great event to catch while stocking up on those all-important Christmas presents in the Village.

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Christmas lights displays in Wexford

Land of Light

Address: Wells House & Gardens, Ballyedmond, Gorey, Co. Wexford

Taking place from October to December, the Land of Light returns to Wells House. Walk through a forest trail and be amazed at the spectacular light show and illuminations complete with music. Set on the grounds of the Victorian Mansion, Land of Light is a unique, family-friendly experience in County Wexford. So, if you are looking for Christmas light displays to music and are based in the east of the country, head to Wells House.

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Gorey Christmas Lights (TBC)

Address: Across Gorey Town

Every year, Gorey in County Wexford there is a festival for the Christmas Lights Switch On which includes music, celebrations and an appearance by Santa. The lights are switched on and Santa arrives to take letters from children. This is a great family event and the lights remain on throughout the festive season across the town.

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Christmas light displays in Galway

Light Up Galway Festival

Address: Eyre Square and various locations across the city

If you are based in Galway and have been wondering “will there be Christmas lights displays near me?” this festive season, then you are in luck. Galway City is holding a Light Up Galway Festival which will combine light with colour. The festival will begin on Eyre Square with an official Light-Up Ceremony before other iconic buildings and landmarks are also illuminated for the festive season such as the Latin Quarter, Spanish arch, and Commercial Court. The official ceremony is going to be a big one and takes place on the 19th of November at Eyre Square.

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A picture of the Galway Christmas Market and Lights

Christmas lights displays Kilkenny

Yulefest Kilkenny TBC

Address: Across Kilkenny

Yulefest is the Christmas festival that takes place in Kilkenny, and during this time various places across the city are illuminated including Kilkenny Castle and the Kilkenny Design and Craft Centre. There are Christmas markets, live music performances and more during the festive season, all under beautiful Christmas light displays. The official switch-on usually takes place at the end of November.

Castlecomer Discovery Park and Nore Valley Park also have Christmas light displays for visitors to enjoy.

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Christmas light displays in Clare

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Address: Bunratty West, Bunratty, Co. Clare

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park are holding their Christmas Trail of Lights in which the Folk Park is illuminated with festive Christmas lights for the season. Visitors can enjoy the illuminated Christmas displays which include snowmen, a nativity scene, and more.

There is also a Polar Express train ride around the grounds which passes the fairy village and Bunratty House and Ardcrony Church, both illuminated with festive lights. Visitors can also enjoy the lights around the Folk Park where colourful Christmas characters can be seen including Scrooge, the Grinch and more.

There will also be a carousel, puppet show, and a Christmas Wishing Tree.

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Christmas lights displays in Waterford

Winterval

Address: Various locations across the city

One of the biggest events of the year in Waterford City is returning this year. Winterval is the Waterford City Christmas Festival that turns the city into Ireland’s Christmas Capital. As well as a Christmas market, live performances, Santa train, Christmas tree and more, the city will be illuminated with amazing Christmas light displays.

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Christmas lights, trees and baubles

Christmas lights displays in Cork

Glow TBC

Address: Patrick Street, Bishop Lucey Park  and other locations in the city

Each year, Cork City Council and community groups and local businesses rally together to illuminate the city with a spectacular light display show. Christmas trees, giant baubles and more are illuminated at the official switch-on ceremony and left on for the festive season. In past years there has been a Christmas window trail, Ferris wheel, pantomimes, and more.

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Christmas light displays in Limerick

Light Up Limerick TBC

Address: O’Connell Street and across Limerick City

Light Up Limerick is the annual Christmas festival in Limerick which starts with the Christmas lights switch-on in O’Connell Street. The streets of the city are illuminated with festive lights and there is usually a month of festive and family-friendly events across the city and county including pantomimes and music performances.

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Christmas light displays in Meath

The Enchanted Garden

Address: Loughcrew Estate, Loughcrew, Oldcastle, Co. Meath, A82 X4Y1

The Enchanted Garden at the Loughcrew Estate in County Meath returns for 2021 with an interpretation of the dreamlike story of Alice in Wonderland. Travel down the rabbit hole and enjoy a Christmas light display with sound. This incredible lighting spectacle in an idyllic environment is a not to be missed Christmas event.

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Places to see Christmas light displays on homes in Ireland

There are many private homes that get into the festive spirit by adorning their exterior and garden with Christmas light displays.

If you are wondering where to see these homes, here is a list of places to check out. Driving around these neighbourhoods with the kids is a cheap and free way to see outdoor Christmas lights in Ireland.

  • Dublin – Lucan, Sallynoggin, Crumlin, Tallaght, Dalkey, Sandymount, Cabra, Finglas
  • Kildare – Rathangan,
  • Limerick – Bruree, Shanagolden, Templeglatine, Askeaton
  • Cork – Drimleague, Macroom
  • Galway – Lurgan Park, Tuam
  • Wexford – Arklow, Drinagh
  • Carlow – Bagnelstown
  • Mayo – Foxford
  • Donegal – Kerrykeel
A Christmas lights display of reindeer, trees and more

Best Places to see Christmas light displays in Northern Ireland

Christmas light displays in Antrim

Enchanted Winter Garden

Address: Randalstown Rd, Co. Antrim. BT41 4LH (UK)

The Enchanted Winter Garden takes place on the grounds of Antrim Castle where visitors can enjoy a beautiful Christmas lights display including an amazing light tunnel. There will also be a Ferris wheel, a carousel, and food stalls. Visitors can also enjoy a magical trip through an enchanted Wonderland Wood.

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Belfast Lights Up for Christmas

Address: Various locations across the city including the Titanic Quarter, City Hall and Victoria Square

Belfast comes alive at Christmas with light displays across the city. The iconic City Hall is adorned with festive lights, Victoria Square is lit up from top to bottom, and even Titanic Belfast gets into the festive spirit with a Christmas light display.

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A picture of Belfast City Hall and Christmas Ferris Wheel

Bright Lights Botanic, Belfast Botanic Gardens

Address: College Park Ave, Botanic Ave, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT7 1LP (UK)

Bright Lights Botanic is an amazing new illumination show brought to the Botanic Gardens in Belfast by the same people who create the “Wild Lights” in Dublin Zoo each year (see further below).

The Botanic Gardens are transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland, and the magical winter trail lights up the evening skies this festive season. Take a leisurely walk and enjoy the after-dark festivities as you are taken on a Christmas journey and follow the trail of BOBO the gnome.

With plenty of tree lights, colourful lanterns and more, this is a Belfast Christmas event not to be missed. There will be plenty of vendors along the route for you to pick up some hot drinks and tasty festive treats.

For more information CLICK HERE, and to book your tickets CLICK HERE.

Christmas lights displays in Down

Christmas at Hillsborough Castle

Address: The Square, Hillsborough, Co. Down, BT26 6GT (UK)

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens will be transformed into an illuminated enchanted wonderland with sparkling tunnels, giant lit baubles, and more including a fire garden. If you are looking for a mesmerizing Christmas light display in Northern Ireland, head to Hillsborough Castle.

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These are some confirmed Christmas light displays in Ireland for this year, as well as some that we anticipate will take place again this year. If you know of any light displays in other places across the Emerald Isle, please let us know so we can add them to the list for this year.

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Cath is an Irish expat now living in Portugal. She regularly returns to Ireland to explore more of the wonderful island with her family.

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