Treemendous: A look inside Edinburgh Dome’s Christmas light display

Over half a million lights make the George Street building shine each year.

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One of Scotland’s must-see Christmas attractions is back as Edinburgh’s Dome bar and restaurant unveils this year’s light display.

Over half a million lights make the George Street building shine, from a twinkling tunnel at the entrance to one of the biggest Christmas trees in the country.

The venue’s incredible décor attracts visitors from around the world.

Stephen Hall, general manager of The Dome, is delighted to have the doors fully open again, after the hospitality restrictions of last year.

He told STV News: “We are thrilled that 2021 is going to be a full Christmas after 2020. There’s huge excitement here – we’re thrilled to be back and trading normally.

 Over half a million lights make the George Street building shine.iStock
Over half a million lights make the George Street building shine.

“So many people missed out on 2020 so there’s a huge appetite for experiences this Christmas. Everyone is determined n to have the best possible Christmas this year.”

While Christmas is still full steam ahead at the moment, concerns about the new Covid variant are creeping in for many, but Mr Hall insists that, while they can, its business as normal for The Dome.

He added: “We just have to remain positive at this point. It’s largely speculation in terms of the impact of the new variant. We prefer to focus on this week, next week, the run up to Christmas and delivering the kind of fantastic dining experiences people expect from us.”

Christmas certainly does come early at The Dome as staff begin putting up the decorations as soon as the Edinburgh Festival ends.

However just don’t ask who has the task of unravelling all those lights or erecting that mammoth tree.

Mr Hall explained: “We don’t discuss that! We have our team of Christmas elves who beetle away when we go home.”