For six weeks, Scotland’s Capital city transforms into a magical winter wonderland. The city offers no shortage of things to see, do and enjoy with a programme designed to get you into the Scottish festive spirit. Marking the true beginning of festival celebrations, the Light Night takes place at 3.00 pm on Sunday 18th November.

Choirs from across Scotland will perform in front of an expected audience of around 20,000 people, as George Street will be lit up with spectacular fireworks. What’s unique this year is that Saskia Eng, one of the contestants on this year’s The Voice, will be delivering a live music performance and switching on the city’s Christmas lights.

Besides this, the Christmas Tree on the Mound, a gift to the City of Edinburgh Council from Hordaland County Council in Norway, will also twinkle in the winter’s dark night sky.

However, the city’s enthusiasm for festivals leads to an even earlier kickoff for this winter carnival. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you have already seen the construction of the Star Flyer, the Big Wheel and the Yeti when walking along Princes Street. From Friday 16th Nov, all the rides, attractions and shows will be successively revealed, welcoming local residents and visitors from all over the world to appreciate the spirit of the festive season.

Apart from the conventional ice skating, Christmas market, 24 Doors of Advent and Winter Windows, there is a sparkling new event this year—Silent Night: singing and dancing under a spectacular array of 60,000 lights synchronised to music heard only through headphones. Simply treat yourself to a mug of glühwein or hot chocolate to warm up before a memorable Christmas night-out.

You can find the full programme of Edinburgh’s Christmas 2018 here