A boy enjoying one of the light displays at the castle

Castle of Light

Dates

18-20 & 25-27 November. 2-4, 8-11, 16-23 & 27-30 December 2022

Times

4.30pm to 9pm (last entry 7.30pm)

Enjoy the Defender of the Nation illuminated in a spectacular after-dark trail.

Castle of Light returns for its third year, with lights, colour, and music creating unmissable moments this festive season. See the castle like never before as an after-dark illuminated trail lights up the city’s iconic landmark. Brand new projections and lighting installations create a path as you walk around the castle grounds and take a journey through the stories of the Defender of the Nation.

Tickets

You must book your tickets online in advance. 

Pick your entry time slot when buying tickets (the last slot is at 7.30pm). It is suggested that you allow at least 1 hour to fully experience the show, but you can take as much or as little time as you like.

10% discount on tickets for Historic Scotland Members' (valid membership card required on arrival). Not a Member? Join now to enjoy the benefits.

Prices

  • Adult (16-64yrs) £20.00
  • Concession (65yrs+) £16.00
  • Child (5-15yrs) £12.00 *
  • Family (1 adult and 2 children) £40.00
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children) £58.00
  • Family (2 adults and 3 children) £68.00

* Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Early Bird Prices (available until 30 September)

For early bird tickets please use the discount code COLSM22 at checkout.

Early bird tickets must be booked before midnight on Friday 30 September.

  • Adult (16-64yrs) £18.00
  • Concession (65yrs+) £14.40
  • Child (5-15yrs) £10.80 *
  • Family (1 adult and 2 children) £36.00
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children) £52.00
  • Family (2 adults and 3 children) £61.00

Queen Anne VIP Dinner

The Queen Anne VIP Dinner is a fabulous 2 course festive dinner accompanied by one bespoke Edinburgh Castle Gin Cocktail in the beautiful surrounding of the Queen Anne Building at the heart of the castle (pre-order required).

Historic Scotland Members get 10% discount. Not a member? Join now to start enjoying the benefits

Access night - Thursday 8 December

On Thursday 8 December, we’ll have help on hand to make Castle of Light a fantastic experience for visitors with specific access needs. Places will be limited so that the castle is quieter on that night, and our staff will provide support to visitors with dementia and visitors with autism.

Please purchase tickets, including carer tickets, as normal online ensuring you select the appropriate dates and times on Thursday 8 December.

Event dates

  • 18 November 2022
  • 19 November 2022
  • 20 November 2022
  • 25 November 2022
  • 26 November 2022
  • 27 November 2022
  • 2 December 2022
  • 3 December 2022
  • 4 December 2022
  • 8 December 2022 (access night)
  • 9 December 2022
  • 10 December 2022
  • 11 December 2022
  • 16 December 2022
  • 17 December 2022
  • 18 December 2022
  • 19 December 2022
  • 20 December 2022
  • 21 December 2022
  • 22 December 2022
  • 23 December 2022
  • 27 December 2022
  • 28 December 2022
  • 29 December 2022
  • 30 December 2022

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Contact

Castle of Light event team

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except UK public holidays)