ONE OF the most recognisable places in Dublin has gone all-out for Christmas with the aim to lift spirits while businesses across Ireland remain closed.
The Temple Bar pub took to Instagram to show off their incredible decorations as they join thousands across the country who are lighting up earlier than usual this year after an extremely tough couple of months.
Sharing their first photograph of the impressive decorations, a spokesperson for the bar wrote: "After a gloomy year we’re bringing some festival cheer!!!
"Hope everyone loves our Xmas tree as much as we do!!!"
The gorgeous photograph shows the iconic pub all lit up just as dusk is beginning to fall, but if you thought that was impressive, a second photograph posted a few days later really shows the lights in all their glory.
Despite being far emptier than would be normal at this time of year, the Temple Bar and its cobbled streets shine beautifully-- particularly with the help of the puddles left behind by the rain, which can always be counted on in the Emerald Isle.
Temple Bar isn't the only place in Dublin eager to kickstart the Christmas spirit this year; yesterday evening, some of the capital's most iconic streets lit up, including the popular Grafton Street.
In a photograph taken by David Costello and shared by Dublin Airport, the deserted street looked no less beautiful without its usual throng of shoppers.
The Christmas lights were switched on in Dublin’s Grafton Street this evening. This beautiful image by @DavidCostelloDC shows those same Grafton Street lights on a deserted Christmas Night. #graftonstreet pic.twitter.com/tR7j1PCkNa
— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) November 17, 2020
Cross-county travel is not permitted at the moment due to Level 5 restrictions, and Irish abroad are being asked not to return for Christmas this year due to the potential for a spike in cases-- but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the lights.
You can check out a livestream of Temple Bar at any time, night or day by using the EarthCam website (here).