Following controversy last month about the removal of live animals from the Christmas crib at the Mansion House in Dublin, the alternative Christmas themed display is now in place.

Under a gantry covered in LED Christmas lights and solar panels, there is a postbox for Santa letters, a sleigh for on which children can sit for photos, and a number of Nutcracker soldiers.

In the centre of the space at the steps into the Lord Mayor's residence is the Christmas crib, in a newly constructed wooden manger.

The display is now open but the lights will be officially turned on at 6.15pm this evening.