Westmeath councillors are calling for a rebate from the ESB.
The ESB is facing calls for a reduction on the cost of Christmas lights to small towns and villages.
Westmeath County Council is writing to the electricity supplier at the request of local representatives, asking for a rebate on the upcoming period for selected areas.
The local authority issues grants to help cover costs each year but fears linger that a hefty bill may deter some community groups from erecting displays in the future.
Labour councillor Johnny Penrose says that can't be allowed to happen: