Light Night celebrates biggest ever opening weekend for Edinburgh’s Christmas!

4th Dec 2017

Edinburgh’s Christmas welcomes over 370,000 people over its biggest ever opening weekend.

George Street was the place to be on Sunday 19 November when thousands gathered at Light Night to celebrate the beginning of Edinburgh’s Christmas, one of the biggest and most popular Christmas celebrations in the UK which runs until 6 January 2018.

Stretching from St Andrew Square in the East to Festival Square in the West and into community hubs outside the city centre, 2017 sees the biggest, brightest and best programme of Christmas events and entertainment across the city to date!

This weekend Edinburgh’s Christmas has welcomed over 370,000 people into attractions across the centre of town; the ice rink in St Andrew Square, the Festival Square Spiegeltent for La Clique Noel, Princes Street Gardens and the George Street attractions including Ice Adventure: A Journey Through Frozen Scotland.

Light Night’s host, Forth 1 Breakfast presenter Arlene Stuart, was joined by Edinburgh’s Lord Provost Frank Ross, and the star of BBC’s Call the Midwife and Shrek the Musical Laura Main to mark the beginning of Edinburgh’s Christmas with the traditional switching on of the city’s lights followed by a stunning fireworks display.

The Christmas Tree on the Mound, a gift to the City of Edinburgh Council from Hordaland County Council in Norway, was also lit as part of the Light Night switch-on.

Light Night also saw fantastic performances from Little Voices Big Stars, Edinburgh Rock Choir, Edinburgh Ballet and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus plus a special performance of ‘I’m a Believer’ from Shrek (Steffan Harri) and Princess Fiona (Laura Main)!

Edinburgh’s Christmas partnered with the NSPCC this year - National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse – with collectors the length and breadth of Light Night and across Christmas attractions it is hoped that visitors will be generous in supporting this cause.

Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, Directors, Edinburgh’s Christmas, said: “We were delighted to see so many locals and visitors gathered on George Street today enjoying the fantastic performances and spectacular fireworks display, all heralding the start of Christmas in the Scottish capital. Light Night is always a wonderful community event which gets everyone into the Christmas spirit! Here’s to another great festive season!”