Christmas Lights

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Christmas Lights


Christmas is a magical time of the year celebrated in unique ways and all across the country towns and cities celebrate & embrace this tradition by decorating and lighting the streets.



Christmas lights are lights used for decoration around Christmas. The use of decorative, festive lighting during the Christmas holiday season is a long standing tradition in many Christian cultures.  The use of special lights originally started with putting small candles on Christmas Trees in the home. Christmas Tree traditions go back to a Germany in the 1500s, and it’s believed the idea to put lights on the trees was started by Martin Luther, a famous priest who was inspired by the prettiness of stars twinkling between evergreens while walking home one night.

However, using candles on trees wasn’t ideal: The candles had to be placed and secured very carefully to avoid accidentally making the tree catch on fire! So in the late 1800s, shortly after Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, one of Edison’s employees came up with the idea of making small electrical lights for use on Christmas trees, which would be much safer than the candles!

Today, people still decorate their trees and homes with Christmas lights! For some people, it’s a symbol of the starry sky in the story of Christmas on the night Jesus was born; it’s also become atradition and something many people think is pretty!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ballyhaunis Business Community for their continued support for the Ballyhaunis Christmas Lights which brings a wonderful festive spirit to the town, and its success story is due to the great support from "Our Business Community".  Each year in conjunction with the Ballyhaunis Chamber the Ballyhaunis Christmas Lights are organized and in order to fund the lights 5 Year Campaigns are ran and we acknowledge and thank them for their financial support to date.


On behalf of the Christmas Lights Committee thank you and May we wish you a Happy & Prosperous Festive Season


Contact:           Paddy Phillips

Tel:                   (094) 963 0381


                        Anne Cunnane, CEO Ballyhaunis Chamber


Tel:                   094 9630311