Capital's Light Night marks start of city's festive season

Santa was one of the main guests at the show.

Sunday, 17th November 2019, 7:27 pm
Updated Sunday, 17th November 2019, 7:34 pm
Thousands of people huddled on the busiest streets of the capital to witness the switching on of the Christmas lights. Picture: Ian Georgeson

The festive season is well and truly under way as the city centre lit up this evening as the city's Light Night, hosted by Forth One Breakfast Show’s Arlene Stuart, kicked off.

Thousands of people huddled on the busiest streets of the Capital to witness the switching on of the Christmas lights, an event that marks the beginning of the festive season in the Capital every year.

The show included several performance, including Edinburgh’s Little Voices Big Stars, Rock Choir Live, the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh’s Community Choir, and Intercultural Youth Scotland.

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Even Santa Clause made a cameo appearance, as he flew up the Royal Mile in his magnificent sleigh, wowing the audience.

He was then accompanied by the Norwegian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Ambassador Strommen and the Lord Provost to switch on the lights decorating the Christmas Tree gifted by Norway, which stands tall on the Mound.

Light Night was part of Underbelly’s ‘Edinburgh Christmas’ alongside the Christmas Market in Princes Street Gardens, which opened its doors yesterday, and includes food and drink stalls, fairground rides and gift stalls.

Santa made an appearance as he flew over the crowds in his sleigh. Picture: Ian Georgeson.
The Christmas Market in Princes Street gardens opened yesterday as part of the city's festive season. Picture: Ian Georgeson