On Saturday January 27th the parks along the riverside in Perth will once again be illuminated in an array of colours as the Riverside Light Nights returns to the city.
Taking place each night up until February 14th, the event will be bigger than last year with more themed nights and entertainment for visitors to enjoy.
Starting on the 27th and 28th we will be celebrating the national Bard with A Celebration of Burns. To officially launch the event there will be a parade on the 27th marching from the city centre to the riverside area; and once there visitors will be treated to traditional music, rap (bringing Burns songs and tales to the modern era), dance (both Highland dancing and ceilidh), storytelling, poetry, and comedy. No Buns Night would be complete without an address to the Haggis and a good old sing along to Auld Lang Syne.
The parade will leave 2 High Street and 6pm, move along St Johns Street and make its way to the Riverside where it is due to end at 6.20 and the entertainment will begin.
January 30th and 31st will see the lights take on a superhero theme; so why not come along dressed as your favourite superhero or villain. During the superhero nights there will also be one of the original 1960’s Batmobiles onsite.
February 2nd and 3rd is when you can channel your inner raver and look out your glow sticks and neon as the riverside becomes a Super Bright Silent Night. There will be face painting and acrobatics; and why not take along some music and headphones and join in the silent disco as you move through the park.
On February 4th and 5th you are invited to join the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party as we fall through the rabbit hole as we travel to Wonderland with the Queen of Hearts and the white rabbit. Don’t be late for Ad-Lib Theatre bringing the magic to life.
February 7th, 8th and 9th will be when you can follow the Yellow Brick Road as Ad-Lib Theatre will help transport you from Perth to Oz, but keep an eye out for flying monkeys and ruby slippers.
On February 10th and 11th we will be ringing in Chinese New Year, why not follow the Chinese Dragon as it leads the annual Chinese New Year Parade from 2 High Street, down St Johns Street and over the bridge to the riverside.
Our themed nights will bring the event to a close on February 13th and 14th as we celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Don’t worry if you can’t manage to come along to the themed nights as they park will be lit up each night and will still be spectacular to see. Each weekend of the event you will also be able to practice your circus skills with Adventure Circus who will be there to teach you how to juggle, Hula Hoop and you can even have a shot in the silks.
The Light Nights is free to attend, however the food and drink vendors will charge for food and drink. Each night the event will begin at 6pm and end at 10pm, last entry will be 9.45pm.
Visitors are welcome to bring their dogs with them but will be asked to keep them on the lead at all times as some nights will feature small fireworks and firecrackers.
The Riverside Park is wheelchair accessible.
For the duration of the event all vehicular traffic, including loading and parking, will be prohibited on the Riverside road. Pedestrian access will be maintained.
Find out more at https://www.perthcity.co.uk/perth-riverside-light-nights/