It is that time of the year where the Towns and Villages of Scotland begin to light up with festive cheer as the Christmas Lights begin to turn on.
And Dunbar is no exception. The Dunbar Christmas Lights is a brilliant, volunteer run event that is funded by local fund raising, rants and sign sponsorship. There is a dedicated Facebook page specifically for the Christmas Lights. Click the link below to go there.
The Dunbar Christmas Lights switch on every year on the High Street. During the Coronavirus pandemic, the lights event still took place but with limited attendance. However this year it is looking like it will be back into full swing.
Event Schedule 2021
- 15:00 Street Market & Fun Rides Open
- 15:00 Santa’s Grotto at The Sweetie Bank (Needs to be booked)
- 15:00 Dance performance with Dance Discovery
- 15:20 Street ceilidh
- 15:55 Dance performance with Dunbar School of Dance
- 16:15 Street ceilidh
- 16:50 Music with local DJ
- 17:00 Dunbar Community Council Award Presentations
- 17:10 Dalkeith & Monktonhall Brass Band
- 17:30 Starz Entertainment
- 17:45 Torchlight procession with Dunbar Royal British Legion Pipe Band, Santa & Lutrek
- 18:00 Starz Entertainment
- 18:05 Guests Switch-on Lights
- 18:15 Live music (Dunbar Grammar School Senior Band)
- 18:45 Close
(Times may be subject to slight change)
Make a weekend of it
Dunbar, situated on the east coast of Scotland 30 miles from Edinburgh, is famous for its sunshine, spectacular coastline and Christmas Lights (or it should be)! A thriving town with a busy High Street and shops, restaurants and cafes to suit everyone.
It is well situated with East Lothian on the doorstep and Berwickshire, the Borders and Edinburgh within very easy reach.
There is so much to see and do in Dunbar, hence we created this site highlighting just 60 of the very best things. Broken into categories to suit those looking for a trip with the family, those who want to indulge in some history, others who want to explore nature and those looking for the best surfing waves in Scotland.
Half way between Edinburgh and Berwick. Alongside the A1 and with excellent mainline rail and bus links it is within easy reach of central Scotland and the North of England. Steeped in history and with breath taking coastline Dunbar has become a vibrant centre for a diverse range of outdoor sports as well as a base for a growing creative community.
Dunbar has a strong sustainability ethos with the community uniting under the collaborative Sustaining Dunbar project.
As the birthplace of John Muir, America’s naturalist pioneer, Dunbar has always prided itself on its connection with nature and the outdoors. There are an abundance of activities in and around the town which is also famous for its dry and sunny climate making it a perfect base to enjoy a huge range of activities. Take yourself outdoors and in the words of John Muir “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out until sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in”.
Please remember to observe Scotland’s Outdoor Access Code while you are enjoying any outdoor activity.