An estimated 15,000 people enjoyed Light Night - the spectacular free community event which launched Edinburgh’s Christmas 2018

18th Nov 2018

On Sunday 18 November an estimated 15,000 people flocked to the city centre to join the Light Night celebrations which mark the official start of Edinburgh’s Christmas 2018! This free community event hosted by Forth One Breakfast Show’s Arlene Stuart saw hundreds of local performers dancing and singing across four stages with Edinburgher Saskia Eng of The Voice fame performing before switching the city’s Christmas lights on.

Brimming full of community spirit, the afternoon starred 24 Edinburgh and Scottish dance and music groups, including the energetic Edinburgh’s Got Soul, Pulse of the Place, Elite Dance, Edinburgh Ballet, Bhangra Crew who recently came second in TBCU, the fantastic National Youth Choir of Scotland East Dunbartonshire Boys Choir and Perth Boys Choir and Edinburgh’s-own The Phoenix Community Choir.

It culminated with a fizzing fireworks display launched from Charlotte Square Gardens and Saskia Eng switching on the city’s Christmas lights and Silent Light creating a wow moment for the thousands of spectators.

The special afternoon also included performances from gentleman-juggler Florian Brookes from La Clique Noël – Part Deux, the spectacular and sassy new show which opened for Christmas this weekend at the Festival Square Spiegeltent, and a cheeky preview of Kinky Boots ahead of its opening at the Edinburgh Playhouse in December.

The family-friendly afternoon event took place against the backdrop of the magical Silent Light on George Street. Brand-new for 2018, Silent Light is a world first: fusing together the spectacular hit Street of Light from Edinburgh’s Christmas 2015 and 2016, with a silent disco to give you the ultimate street party! A festive blast like no other which will have people trying out their dance moves underneath the magnificent architectural installation of archways festooned with thousands of lightbulbs synchronised to music on your headphones! 50p from every ticket sold goes to One City Trust, a charity fighting inequality and exclusion in the city. 26,000 free tickets have also been made available to over 50 charities working in Edinburgh. Edinburgh’s Christmas charity partner, NSPCC was bucket-shaking at Light Night to help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, protect children at risk, and find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening. Voluntary donations make up around 90 per cent of their funding to help this great cause.