Edinburgh's Light Night

Sir Chris Hoy will switch on Edinburgh's Christmas Lights this Sunday.

Upwards of 15,000 people are expected at the free event on George Street, which will run from 2.30-5.00pm. With a theme of the Twelve Days of Christmas, it will be all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza, hosted by one of Edinburgh’s most familiar voices, Arlene Stuart from Forth Radio.

She will be joined on stage for the switch-on by Sir Chris, Lord Provost Donald Wilson and Amy McBeath, from the Edinburgh charity Cash for Kids, whose fantastic work Light Night is very proud to support.

Sir Chris Hoy said: “I'm really looking forward to being involved in Edinburgh's Christmas ceremony – to be asked to switch on the lights in your home town is a massive honour and I cant wait”.

With 12 stages set along the length of George Street, this event is for the community and by the community. There will be 63 school, community and other local groups with an estimated total of 1,300 performers, each performing an act, a dance, a song or a piece of music to celebrate one of the 12 Days of Christmas.

Groups will showcase a range of skills from hula hooping to swing dancing, bag-piping to African drumming, Gaelic singing to acting, encapsulating the true spirit of Christmas and celebration.

On the Gold Stage, there will be seasonal performances from Edinburgh Gorgie Salvation Army Band, Sing in the City, Edinburgh University Chamber Choir and Musicians from Hordaland and finally the Edinburgh Rock Choir will lead the assembled masses on George Street in a festive sing-a-long (song sheets provided!)

Once Sir Chris has flicked the switch, the event will culminate with a spectacular firework display from the Assembly Rooms.

Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: “What a fantastic spectacle Sunday’s event promises to be – a fitting start to six fun-filled weeks of celebration here in the Capital. There can be few places as magical as Edinburgh at Christmas and we are immensely proud that so many people choose to share their festive break with us, enjoying everything our wonderful city has to offer.

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