Light Night switches on Christmas in Edinburgh

Light Night 24 November 2013

Light Night 24 November 2013

Saturday 23rd November – Day 2 of Edinburgh’s Christmas Winter Festival and the streets are busy and bustling with shoppers, families, rugby fans and international visitors.  There’s a wonderful atmosphere around the city with locals and tourists joining in the festive spirit.

The Big Wheel is turning, the skaters twirling on the ice and the markets are packed with stalls selling toys, candles, crafts, hats, scarves, tasty food and warming gluhwein.

Christmas Markets - gifts, food, gluhwein

Christmas Markets –
gifts, food, gluhwein

Walk up from Princes Street towards St. Andrew’s Square to experience much more fun and games for all ages at this new Festival venue with a market, Spiegeltent theatre and funfair rides.   Those brave enough to take a 60 metre trip on the Sky Flyer are virtually “flying” high up there and screaming loudly – with sheer delight I am sure, rather than fear.

Star Flyer on St. Andrew;s Square

Star Flyer on St. Andrew’ Square

For me, it was scary just looking up at it, but certainly very popular with people all queuing up to book a sky high ride for a bird’s eye view of the city.

Take a sky high flightt

Take a sky high flight

 This is a very exciting new attraction for the festival.  Meanwhile children are clambering on to Carousel horses for a gentle trot. 

Light Night takes place on George Street, on Sunday 24th November from 2.30pm to 5pm – and it’s sure to be a popular event.  Arlene Stuart of Radio Forth is the host with special guest Sir Chris Hoy appearing – perhaps arriving by bike!? – to turn on the Christmas Lights.

Chris Hoy will switch on   Edinburgh's Christmas

Chris Hoy will switch on
Edinburgh’s Christmas

George Street will be closed to traffic for the afternoon with a dozen stages set up for a diverse range of dance, music and song.  Over one thousand performers are taking part including school children,  bagpipers, African drummers, Gaelic singers and choirs singing carols –  a showcase of entertainment with the theme The 12 Days of Christmas.

Light Night is free to attend and celebrates the start of Edinburgh’s Christmas organised jointly by Underbelly and Unique Events.   The city will be sparkling for the next few weeks – the huge Christmas Tree on the Mound, glittering fairy lights in Princes Street gardens and festive decorations right along George Street.   

Join an estimated crowd of 18,000 people to witness the magic of Light Night on Sunday afternoon.  Christmas will then officially be switched on!

Edinburgh sparkles at  Christmas

Edinburgh sparkles at

About vivdevlin

I am an international travel writer, specialising in luxury travel, hotels, restaurants, city guides, cruises, islands, train and literary-inspired journeys. I review dance and theatre, Arts Festivals and love the visual arts. I have just experienced an epic voyage, circumnavigating the globe, following in the wake of Captain Cook, Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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