Edinburgh Christmas Light Night
Edinburgh's Christmas 2015 season launches on the second last Sunday of November, with the first in a series of Christmas light nights.
In 2015, Britain's Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle will flick the switch on the festive lights. Around 1,300 performers from over 50 schools and community groups, take part in the free, community event on stages erected along the length of George Street. Expect performers like the Edinburgh Gorgie Salvation Army Band, Sing in the City, Edinburgh University Chamber Choir, and musicians from Hordaland and the Edinburgh Rock Choir, leading the street in the sing-a-long.
Following the switch on of the lights - usually attended by the Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh and Deputy Covener of Hordaland County Council, Norway, there is a firework 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 pop-up ice rinks in East Princes Street Gardens and St Andrew Square. There are a number of smaller Christmas Light Nights in other Edinburgh areas in the days following the main Light Night event.
Have A Very Virgin Money Christmas
In 2015, from 30th November to Christmas Eve, Edinburgh's Royal Mile will also be transformed into a corridor of 60,000 lights from the City Chambers to the Tron Kirk. Sixteen arches of lights, each 19 metres high, will be synchronised to festive choral music. The free Street of Light shows will take place twice a day at 6.30pm and 8.15pm.
The lights will then be left on til midnight. The lights are sponsored by Virgin Money, which also sponsors the same High Street space with its arches during the Edinburgh Fringe.