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George Street | © David P Scott / Courtesy Of Edinburgh's Christmas
George Street | © David P Scott / Courtesy Of Edinburgh's Christmas
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A Guide To Edinburgh's Light Night

Picture of Tori Chalmers
Updated: 16 November 2016
As the days turn colder and the nights grow shorter, Edinburgh becomes infused with a healthy dose of festive cheer. Perhaps the most dazzling of all events is Light Night — a celebration and opening of the holiday season. From the harmonic sound of choirs chorusing and the thousands of twinkling lights dancing across the city, to the famous Mound Christmas tree, consider this your go-to guide for Edinburgh’s Light Night.

What Is It?

A most fabulous affair, Light Night is Edinburgh’s way of ushering in the festive season with a whole host of happenings, uniting communities and families alike. On Sunday, 20th November from 1pm – 5pm, the whole city literally becomes a beacon of shining light. Once more, this event is free for one and all!

Light Night | © Lloyd Smith / Courtesy Of Edinburgh's Christmas
Light Night | © Lloyd Smith / Courtesy Of Edinburgh's Christmas

The Lighting Of The Mound Christmas Tree

Each year, the Christmas tree on the Mound wins over the hearts of both locals and travellers. As it sits unassumingly next to the Castle, this delightfully festive green fir tree acts as a second pair of eyes to look over the city, bringing joy to all who witness it. A gift from Hordaland County Council in Norway, part of the Light Night celebration involves the switching-on of the Mound tree lights.

Christmas Tree | © Lynn Chan/Flickr
Christmas Tree | © Lynn Chan/Flickr

The Best Of Scotland’s Choirs Will Congregate In Edinburgh

In honour of Light Night, an impressive array of Scotland’s best choirs will venture to Edinburgh like the wise men to the shining star, with the mission of serenading the city through harmonic tones. From the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus to Edinburgh’s Got Soul and the Edinburgh Rock Choir, expect some angelic sounds. With an anticipated audience of over 20,000 people, the vibe will be contagious.

Christmas Choir | © Dun.can/Flickr
Christmas Choir | © Dun.can/Flickr

There Will Be Fireworks!

A celebration wouldn’t be complete without a mesmerising fireworks display. There is something magical about gazing up at the colours in the sky surrounded by hordes of friends and family. Forth One DJ Arlene Stuart and Edinburgh’s Olympic gold and silver winner Callum Skinner will do the honours of switching on the lights and igniting the splendiferous fireworks display.

Light Night Fireworks | © Lloyd Smith Photography & Film / Courtesy Of Edinburgh's Christmas
Light Night Fireworks | © Lloyd Smith Photography & Film / Courtesy Of Edinburgh's Christmas

Street Of Light

Remember that scene in Elf when Will Ferrell transforms the department store into the North Pole? A case of life imitating art, the Street of Light is undeniably the greatest part of Light Night. Prepare for dropped jaws as you experience the west end of George Street undergo a glistening makeover, complete with 60,000 bulbs and 24 towering arches of incandescent lights, each 19 metres tall. Not to be missed, the Street of Light will illuminate on Light Night and run until the 24th December. The star atop the tree is the accompanying music from local choirs and bands, such as contemporary fiddle music from the Highlands and Islands’ Blazin’ Fiddles and Scotland’s bhangra group Tigerstyle.

George Street | © David P Scott / Courtesy Of Edinburgh's Christmas
George Street | © David P Scott / Courtesy Of Edinburgh's Christmas