Wednesday, December 7

Barcelona will turn off the Christmas lights an hour earlier to save energy

Barcelona City Council has agreed with the city’s trade and restaurant management associations to turn off the Christmas lights one hour earlier this year to save energy. This will mean a reduction of 42 hours of lighting during the holidays: it will go from 259 hours to 217.

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In a statement this Tuesday, the Councilor for Commerce, Markets and Consumption, Montserrat Ballarín, has defended that “in the context of the energy crisis it is essential to take saving measures in Christmas lighting, taking into account that this initiative is very necessary for the commercial section”.

The lights will be turned on on November 24 at 6:30 p.m. – with a lighting event that will take place from the Nou Barris district – until January 6 (both included), and the hours will vary depending on the day. From Sunday to Thursday they will be lit from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., from Friday to Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., on December 31 and January 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 01:00 a.m., and on November 24 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

The decree that contemplates this hourly reduction must be approved in the Government Commission this Thursday and the ignition calendar is conditioned to the possible limitations that could be agreed for energy saving from other public administrations.