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Edinburgh’s ‘Street of Light’ – Make an evening of it with some top picks

30 November 2015

There’s a new Christmas show in town! The Virgin Money Street of Light kicks off on 30 November and this breathtaking new event will light up Edinburgh’s Old Town right up until Christmas Eve. An architectural installation comprising 26 arches and 60,000 lights, it will run along the Royal Mile, from City Chambers to the Tron Kirk, creating a stunning canopy of light which will really set the city alight.  Running twice each evening, the experience involves both music and songs from a variety of Edinburgh choirs, creating a synchronised sound and light show.

If you are looking to make a real evening of your visit to Street of Light, here are a few ideas of what to do before or after.

Be enlightened by whisky at The Scotch Whisky Experience

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The Scotch Whisky Experience’s new ‘Whisky Enlightenment’ tour is perfectly timed to coincide with the Street of Light’s twice daily performances, so you can either begin or end your visit to Street of Light with an illuminating whisky experience. As a major sponsor of the Street of Light, the Whisky Experience also holds a reserve of tickets for its ‘Enlightenment’ visitors – ideal if your chosen night is fully allocated.

Visitors will warm up with a delicious winter toddy on arrival, before taking a light-hearted look at the world of Scotch Whisky, where you can sample a specially selected single malt matched with chocolate. You can then enjoy a relaxed viewing of all 3,384 bottles in the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky. 

The Whisky Enlightenment tour lasts for one hour and runs Monday to Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and Sunday at 6:15 p.m. The price is £15.00 and the tour is for adults only.

354 Castlehill, EH1 2NE, 0131 220 0441 (Website)

Sip tea and stay late at Colonnades


With the Street of Light right on its doorstep, Colonnades has introduced a very special Street of Light Fizz Tea, where you can warm yourselves up before stepping right into the heart of Edinburgh’s newest Christmas attraction.  The special offer includes a Festive Afternoon Tea, a glass of champagne and a Street of Light ticket for only £60 for two people. 

Edinburgh’s most luxurious tea salon has also extended its opening hours during the festive season, opening from 11am until late Sunday to Friday, from 30 November until Christmas Eve.

Signet Library, The Royal Mile, EH1 1RF, 0131 226 1064 (Website) 

Drink and be merry at Holyrood 9A

Holyrood 9A

Just minutes from the action on the Royal Mile is Holyrood 9A, a cosy pub offering 20 beer and ale varieties from across Scotland and around the world. There's also a hearty wine and spirits menu and a classic cocktail list to keep you warm on a cold evening.

Holyrood 9A’s all day menu includes mouth-watering 'two-handers' - an eclectic array of delicious gourmet meat and veggie burgers, with plenty more large and small dishes to choose from to ensure you’re full all night.

9A Holyrood Road, EH8 8AE, 0131 556 5044 (Website)

Sip and skate in St Andrew Square

St Andrews Square Ice Rink

The ice rink circling the Melville Monument has returned this year, giving amateur skaters the chance to lace up their skates and show off their skills with speedy glide round the rink. There’s also plenty of room on the ice for beginners – children and adults alike – and skates are available to hire from children’s size 9 right up to adult’s size 13.

Many of Edinburgh’s Christmas’ most coveted food stalls are also located in the square, so visitors can warm their rosy cheeks with hot food and hot chocolate – a perfect combination.

St. Andrews Square, EH2 2AD (Website

Find out more about the Virgin Money Street of Light on our event page>

Competition: Win a pair of tickets to the “Whisky Enlightenment” tour at The Scotch Whisky Experience

Terms and Conditions:

The competition closes at 12pm on Wednesday 9th December 2015Any entries made after 12pm on Wednesday 9th December 2015 will not be considered. Multiple entries will not be counted. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted directly via email. Entrants must be strictly over 18. Prize valid for 2 people, for entry to the “Whisky Enlightenment” tour at The Scotch Whisky Experience, to be reserved with The Scotch Whisky Experience by the winner. Subject to availability at the time of request. The prize has no monetary value and cannot be exchanged for cash. Any additional costs incurred at The Scotch Whisky Experience must be paid for by the holder of the prize. Any travel, activities, and accommodation are at the winner’s and travel companion’s cost.