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Christmas Lights 2019

Edinburgh celebrates the most wonderful time of the year


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Every winter Edinburgh enjoys holiday illumination which attracts many visitors. Edinburgh Christmas lights are an essential part of the holidays and a favourite winter entertainment for families.

Light Night (November 17, 2019)

George Street hosts one of the major Christmas light installations and shows—Light Night. This popular free event attracts about 20,000 people every year. It features choirs from all over Scotland and fantastic fireworks. The finale of the afternoon is a spectacular fireworks display marking the official switch-on of Edinburgh’s Christmas lights accompanied by Santa’s “flying” visit.

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Christmas Market at East Princes Street Gardens (November 16, 2019–January 04, 2020)

Dazzling lights and magical rides are nestled in the heart of Edinburgh. Head to the East Princes Street Gardens to enjoy traditional Christmas market where everyone can find something special and festive. Stalls selling all sorts of local products, gifts, and delicious treats.

Christmas at the Botanics (November 22–December 29, 2019)

Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden is one of the best spots to enjoy the Christmas spirit in the city. A one-mile sparkling path features over a million twinkling lights, unusual tree canopies and the famous Glasshouses filled with Christmas colour. Don't miss unique, larger-than-life glowing incandescent flowers and illuminated tree sculptures. Kids will enjoy the sparkling snowflakes, stars, reindeer, gingerbread men and a visit to Santa and his elves.

Street of Light (TBA)

The most popular light display of the past years was an extraordinary architectural installation called 'Street of Light'. It is launched every year on St Andrew’s Day and stays running until Christmas Eve. The 26 stunning light arches installed in the Old Town feature of 60,000 LED lights. They are almost 20 m high, throwing light over the Royal Mile, starting from the City Chambers and ending at the Tron Kirk. The lights are accompanied by music and holiday songs performed by Edinburgh's most famous choirs: the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, the Edinburgh Gay Men’s Chorus, and the Edinburgh Police Choir.

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