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As the energy crisis prevails, there have been frenzied whisperings that we'd have "no lights at all" this Christmas - the perfect dreary backdrop to the trudge of a year that has been 2022.
Festive lighting organisers all over the country have made curtailments such as using energy efficient lights and opting to turn them off earlier, and Cork City Council are among those making adjustments.
Cork's City Centre will "come aglow" in a more energy-efficient way this festive season, using LED lights which require 75% less energy than a traditional bulb. Also, the façade of Cork City Hall will only be illuminated for one hour at night compared to six hours previously. The building will light up from 8pm-9pm.
🎄Christmas in Cork officially begins the 3rd week of Nov as our Xmas lights are switched on!
🌟Our Xmas lighting uses energy efficient LED lights using 75% less energy. To further conserve energy the front of City Hall is only illuminated for 1hour
— Cork City Council (@corkcitycouncil) November 3, 2022
Cork City Council have said there will be no change to the city’s bridge illumination programme as "lighting supports public safety in the city and also adds to the city’s night time offering".
Cork City's Christmas lights will be turned on during the third week of November to officially mark the beginning of the festive season, and ‘Glow – A Cork Christmas Celebration’ will also make its return, offering a free family festive experience in Bishop Lucey Park featuring the Cork's iconic ferris wheel.
The hope is that the city will also enjoy the return of excited shoppers, Christmas party-goers and a general festive buzz after a difficult few years for businesses and traders.