There's no denying it, it has now firmly become okay to start shouting about the C-word from the rooftops and once this weekend passes, those living in Dublin are going to start feeling a hell of a lot more festive.

That's because the Christmas lights will be switched on this Sunday throughout the city, and this year, it's set to be quite the unmissable event.

For the first time ever, there will be a procession of light that will take place throughout the city - both on the north and south side - culminating on O'Connell street for the main celebration which will see the Lord Mayor of Dublin turning on the lights of the 40ft Christmas tree.

The event, which is organised by DublinTown in partnership with Dublin City Council, will kick off on the south side of the city on Grafton Street and will start on Caple Street on the north side.

DublinTown CEO, Richard Guiney, said, "Over the past number of years, we have seen a huge surge in the popularity of the lighting ceremonies with people of all ages.

"This year we are delighted to work with our partners in Dublin City Council to create something very different, one cross-city event.

"We are inviting visitors to come into the city to watch one of two processions as they journey through the many shopping streets of Dublin, switching on the lights along the way."

The celebration takes place on Sunday, November 19 and starts at 5.30pm.

Visitors can download a route map from for procession viewing areas and best location advice for families with buggies.