Eight of the best light displays in Scotland this winter

Seven of the best light displays in Scotland this winter

Including Illuminight, Colours of Cluny and Spectra

Short days and long nights can make us want to hibernate for the winter, but with a number of light displays across the country, there's plenty of reason to head out and embrace the frosty evenings. We've picked some of the best illumination trails, giant lantern installations and other light events to help make the most of the long, dark Scottish nights.

Twinkles in the woodland #Balfron #lights #woodlandexperience #familyfun

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Woodland Light Experience: Reflections

This year's show focuses on 'Reflections', with beautiful lighting effects highlighting the natural landscape. The 14 acre woodland sits on the edge of Loch Lomond, a tranquil setting for a dazzling theatrical light show to music. Woodland Light Experience was a finalist in the Scottish Outdoor & Leisure Awards 2017 for Best Outdoor Experience
Ballochruin Farm, Balfron, Thu 2–Sun 12 Nov.

We told you #illuminight was out of this world! 🌍🌚

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A 1.5km magical light installation through the historic woodland with visual and music effects to highlight the rivers, ponds and trees in the country park, as well as Dean Castle. Visitors can also enjoy a selection of food and drink on their journey through the park, including a marshmallow toasting pit.
Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock, Thu 2–Sun 19 Nov.


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Colours of Cluny

Last year over 600 lights were fitted, 80+ volunteers took part and more than 20,000 marshmallows were eaten and the organisers are promising even more for 2017. The show is produced by a number of the same team members who worked on Pitlochry's Enchanted Forest.
Grant Park, Forres, Wed 8–Sun 19 Nov.

Seven of the best light displays in Scotland this winter

Christmas at the Botanics

Peruse the gardens by night, following a one mile illuminated trail. Enjoy the sounds of the Choir of Trees, walk through the crystal lawn lit by a thousand spheres of light and keep an eye out for Santa and his elves. There's spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate to warm the bones.
Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Fri 24 Nov–Sat 30 Dec.

Seven of the best light displays in Scotland this winter

illumination: Harbour Festival of Light

This festival of light features an illumination trail along the River Irvine, a light show with aerial acrobatics in and around the Linthouse at the Scottish Maritime Museum and a fireworks display to celebrate St Andrew's Day. There's also a lantern parade and the illumi bike ride.
The Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, Thu 30 Nov–Sun 3 Dec.

Giant Lanterns have arrived in Scotland! Here's a sneak peak of just some of the 450 awe-inspiring lanterns that will illuminate the Zoo this winter.🏮✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#giantlanterns #edinburghzoo #chineselanterns #flamingo #penguin #panda #edinburgh #animals #crafts #scotland

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The Giant Lanterns of China

Over 450 giant lanterns come to Edinburgh this winter to create an illuminated trail winding through the zoo. The lanterns have been created by 150 Chinese craftsmen from Sichuan who've put in over 25000 hours of work to make them. The sculptures include over 200 animal lanterns; pandas, lions, penguins and more.
Edinburgh Zoo, Fri 1–Sun 25 Dec.

#tbt to just two weeks ago and #SpectraABDN. Thanks for tagging us in all your images and videos. It's been great seeing how much fun everyone had.

Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett's CLOUD in UTG was a big hit :)

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SPECTRA: Aberdeen's Festival of Light

2018's theme 'Play the Night' explores innovation, creativity and the benefits of play to coincide with the Year of Young People. The four-day festival features international works as well as supporting and commissioning emerging young artists from Aberdeen to develop new work with international partners.
Various venues, Aberdeen, Thu 8–Sun 11 Feb.

Seven of the best light displays in Scotland this winter

A Christmas Fairy Trail

This immersive light show begins with a torchlit walk to the Fairy Trail, before visitors enter the woodland. Inside there's a fairy disco, sparkling willow walk, dancing forest folk and a 'make a wish' fairy frame designed by the Projector Club. There's also a Winter Barn with firepits, a festive soundtrack, food, mulled cider and hot chocolate.
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton, Thu 14 Dec–Sat 6 Jan.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Christmas at the Botanics

A one mile illuminated trail that winds its way through the garden. Wander beneath the tree canopies bathed in seasonal colour, enjoy the sounds of the Choir of the Trees and keep an eye out for Santa and his elves. There's spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate to warm you up.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Thu 25 Nov

£20 (Children £14) / 0131 248 2909

Fri 26 Nov

£20 (Children £14) / 0131 248 2909

Sat 27 Nov

£20 (Children £14) / 0131 248 2909

…and 29 more dates until 2 Jan 2022

SPECTRA: Aberdeen's Festival of Light

Public light artworks animate spaces in Aberdeen's city centre at this four-day festival. This year’s festival celebrates Aberdeen's rich coast and waters in recognition of the national 'Year of Coast and Waters'.

Woodland Light Experience

Take a wintry stroll around 14 acres of woodland all kitted out with a load of pretty lights.

Colours of Cluny

Sound and light show from the producer of the Enchanted Forest. Booking is essential.

illumination: Harbour Festival of Light

A festival celebrating both the natural and built heritage of Irvine's historic waterfront. Highlights of last year included lantern parade, the illumination light trail across Irvine Harbourside, an illumi bike display with stunt cyclists and a dazzling mix of light installation, fire show and aerial acrobatics at the…

Giant Lanterns: Lost Worlds

Bespoke displays created by Chinese craftspeople from Sichuan. This year's exhibit has a theme of 'Lost Worlds'.

Illuminight with Lidl

The park is illuminated with light installations and AV effects, and there's quality local food and drink to keep you refreshed.

A Christmas Fairy Trail

An immersive theatrical experience set along a 1.5km trail, designed as a magical world of fairies and forest folk, with surprises around every corner.

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