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Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse “Lucy” light display will only be switched on for 5 hours a day.

Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse “Lucy” light display will only be switched on for 5 hours a day.

Source: Bahnhofstrasse

Holiday Lights Dim as European Cities Look to Cut Energy Costs

Dublin, Lisbon and Stockholm are among cities that will limit how long Christmas lights shine in a potential damper to the holiday mood.

This holiday season, European retailers are struggling to put shoppers in a festive mood as Russian aggression claims an unlikely sacrifice: Christmas lights.

With the prospect of blackouts and rationing looming, officials in cities including Helsinki, Lisbon and London are pulling the plug on some decorative lighting in main streets and squares. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has upended relations with the continent’s most important energy supplier, and residents are being called upon to lower their heating and take shorter showers. Paring back traditional twinkling stars and icicle lights is part of this effort.