Edinburgh Christmas Light Night
Edinburgh's Christmas 2013 season launches on a Sunday, with the turning of the large ferris wheel known as the Edinburgh Wheel, and the first in a series of Christmas light nights this evening.
The theme is the Twelve Days of Christmas, with a number of stages erected along the length of George Street. Around 850 performers from over 60 schools and community groups, will take part in the free, community event, including the Edinburgh Gorgie Salvation Army Band, Sing in the City giving a "surprise performance", Edinburgh University Chamber Choir, and musicians from Hordaland and the Edinburgh Rock Choir who will lead the street in the sing-a-long.
Five-time Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy will be joined on stage by local children from the charity Cash for Kids to turn on the Christmas lights. Arlene Stuart from Forth One radio will host.
Following the switch on of the lights - attended by the Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh and Deputy Covener of Hordaland County Council, Norway, there is fire display (at 4.50pm). Hordland provides the iconic Norwegian Christmas tree on The Mound.
During the day, there are also christmas food markets and the ice rink in East Princes Street Gardens. There are a number of smaller Christmas Light Nights in other Edinburgh areas in the days following the main Light Night event.
A free Norwegian Carol Service usually follows the christmas tree lights switch-on.