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Switching on Vienna Christmas lights

In spite of a challenging economic climate Vienna will celebrate the festive season with thousands of Christmas lights.

As Christmas draws nearer preparations are being made for the upcoming Christmas market period. Starting with the illumination of the Graben in Vienna's inner city on 24 November, lighting displays will be switched on across the city and by 30 November the capital will be awash with the glow of thousands of Xmas lights.

Last year there were doubts that lights or decorations would be put up in certain areas due to financial problems. The plan to light up Währinger Straße, which was close to remaining in darkness last Christmas, shows that the city is thriving in tough financial times.

The lighting of the capital will cost approximately 1 million euros and between 30 and 50 per cent of the cost will be covered by the Vienna Business Agency.

Around 70 per cent of the lights use LED technology which has a long lifespan and reduces energy costs by up to 80 per cent.

Vienna Times

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