Light up a life and remember a loved one

Light Up A Life - Christmas Tree switch-on Charlotte Square
Light Up A Life - Christmas Tree switch-on Charlotte Square
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LAST year, more than 2000 people attended the switching on of the Light Up A Life Christmas tree in Charlotte Square Gardens - the highest attendance to date.

Which is why, on Monday, event organisers St Columba’s Hospice is hoping that this year’s event will attract even larger numbers.

The Light Up A Life appeal has now been running for 40 years and once again the Hospice invites you to Light Up A Life by dedicating a light on the Tree of Remembrance to a loved one.

The light switch on will take place on Monday 11 December in Charlotte Square Gardens, at 6.30pm.

The lights on the 40ft tree symbolise dedications which have been made in memory of people who have died, giving the tree special meaning to those who have made one to remember a loved one.

Charlotte Square Gardens will open at 5.30pm to spectators, with refreshments available courtesy of Starbucks.

A local community choir will sing Christmas carols to set the mood with the ceremony beginning at 6.30pm.

Leading up to the illumination of the tree, Sir Tom Farmer will make a short speech, followed by the lights being turned on.

The Tree of Remembrance will remain lit up until Friday 5 January.

The switch on is open to the public with everyone is welcome to visit the Gardens for the service and can also make a dedication if they would like to.

Dedications can also be made online at or by calling 0131 551 1381.

Founded in 1977, St Columba’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care and support to patients and families in Edinburgh and the Lothians.