Calling all families! Smithfield Lights Christmas Family Event and Lighting Ceremony

Smithfield Square, Sunday 26th November 2017

An evening of Christmas family fun – all activities are free!

The 2017 Smithfield Lights event is back and bigger than ever. This is the main family Christmas event in Dublin and a must for all families looking for an evening of fun, festive entertainment.

Families can enjoy a wide range of children’s festive entertainment including face painting, workshops, a vintage carousel and an outdoor screening of the classic Christmas movie, The Snowman. There will also be market stalls with a range of delicious foods, arts and crafts. The main tree lighting event will take place at 7pm, with VIP Santa, The Lord Mayor and special guests in attendance.

The event will be presented by broadcaster Andrea Hayes and will feature music from the Stanhope Street Girls Choir, Red Empire and headline act The Riptide Movement will take to the stage for a special performance at 7.20pm.

Speaking about the announcement of ‘Smithfield Lights’, Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha said; “Dublin City Council is hosting this spectacular free family Christmas event on Sunday 26th November in the heart of the City, which is set to be bigger and better than ever.  I invite Dubliners, visitors and all, to come and soak up the festive atmosphere, enjoy the entertainment and meet some special guests. Beidh fáilte mór romhaibh í Margadh na Feirme.”

The ‘Smithfield Lights’ schedule includes: 

Market Stalls open at 3.00pm
• Snow Globe, Carousel, Children’s Workshops & Face Painting open at 4.00pm
• Screening of movie The Snowman at 5.00pm – 5.30pm
• Sam Maguire on display at 5.00pm – 6.00pm
• Performance from Stanhope Street Girls Choir at 5.45pm – 6.05pm
• Performance from Red Empire 6.15pm – 7.00pm
• Children’s Workshops & Face Painting finishes at 7.00pm
• Lord Mayor gives a short speech on stage with Santa, Switching on Christmas Tree lights at approximately 7.10pm/7.15pm
• Performance from The Riptide Movement at 7.20pm – 8.00pm
• All Entertainment (Carousel, Snow Globe etc) finishes at 8.00pm
• Christmas Market remains open until 9.00pm

Event closes at 9pm

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