IT might only be November – but yesterday Christmas well and truly got underway in the Capital.
Thousands descended on George Street for the annual Light Night event, marking the start of Edinburgh’s festive extravaganza.
As well as the dazzling lights, revellers were treated to choirs and musicians from across the Lothians and a spectacular fireworks display.
Forth Radio’s Arlene Stuart was joined on stage by deputy Lord Provost Steve Cardownie and double Olympic medallist Callum Skinner to switch on the lights at 5pm.
Callum, who has been dubbed the next Chris Hoy, achieved an Olympic silver medal when he came second in the men’s individual sprint, and a gold medal in the men’s sprint team along with fellow athletes Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny.
The 24-year-old previously told the News: “I’m proud to be returning to start Edinburgh’s Christmas festivities in the city I grew up in and where I first discovered track cycling.”
This year’s event also incorporated the opening of the Street of Light, which has been moved from the Royal Mile to George Street.
The jaw-dropping display sees 24 arches covered in a total of 60,000 bulbs, and was a huge hit last year among residents and visitors alike – something organisers hope to repeat.
More than 350,000 people are expected to snap up free tickets during its 35-day run.
Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations run until January 7.