I was invited along to see the very first performance of the Virgin Money Street of Light as part of the #mystandrewsday celebrations. After reading so much about it, I was really excited for this light display and believe me, it did not disappoint!
The Virgin Money Street of Light is part of Edinburgh’s Christmas programme of events, and aims to bring more people into the Old Town this festive season. There are two performances a day and while these performances are free, they are ticketed.
The performance lasts twenty minutes (which in my opinion is the perfect length when you’re standing out in the cold!) and is accompanied by music from:
- Edinburgh Festival Chorus
- Edinburgh Royal Choral Union
- Edinburgh Police Choir
- Edinburgh Gay Men’s Chorus
The choir and music rotates from performance to performance, but you can see who is due to perform on any given slot when you go to book your tickets.
Tickets are now sold out for a lot of performance slots, particularly the weekends, but the event organisers have held back 500 tickets per performance, which will be released at 9pm the night before. So get in there quick if you haven’t got your preferred slot already!
With thousands of tickets available and the performance being free of charge, there’s no excuse not to see the Virgin Money Street of Light this festive season. Even if you do miss out on tickets, there are plenty of vantage points around the Royal Mile so you could just rock up if you like and you’ll get at least some kind of view.
After the performance, you get around 20 minutes to wander round and explore the fantastic structure fully lit, before the lights are switched off until the next performance.
Many thanks to the folk at the Scottish Government for inviting me along to the very first run – I felt very honoured and it was the perfect way to spend my St Andrew’s Day!
The Virgin Money Street of Light is located on the Royal Mile and stretched from the Tron Kirk to West Parliament Square (roughly). You can find out more and reserve your free tickets on the Street of Light website.