Experience the beauty of the River Tay as the City of Perth presents Riverside Light Nights 2020.

Riverside Light Nights

25th JANUARY - 2nd FEBRUARY 2020

17.00PM - 21.00PM

Norie-Miller Walk
Perth City Centre
Perth and Kinross
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Experience the beauty of the River Tay as the City of Perth presents Riverside Light Nights 2020.

Returning once again to brighten up those dark January evenings, Perth's wonderful Riverside Light Nights event will run from 25th January to 2nd February with nine glorious nights and five fantastic themed events.

All events will run from 5pm to 9pm - look out for the special Parade Events on both 25th January and 1st February - and they are all free of charge with the exception of Jurassic Perth and The School of Witchcraft and Wizardry which have a £5 entry fee (concessions apply, see below). 

Light Nights At a Glance: 

  • 25th & 26th Jan, Burns Nights 5pm to 9pm : Free
  • 27th Jan, Music In the Park, 5pm to 9pm : Free
  • 28th & 29th Jan, The School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry, 5pm to 9pm : £5 entry, Free for under fives
  • 30th & 31st Jan, Jurassic Perth, 5pm to 9pm : SOLD OUT
  • 1st & 2nd Feb, Chinese New Year, 5pm to 9pm : Free

There will be food, drinks and lots of other great surprises to delight you on each of the nights, so pull out your wooly hats and warmest boots and mark it in your diary now! 


Event Info and Booking Links:

Sat 25th & Sun 26th January - Perth 'Robert Burns' Celebration, 5pm to 9pm, FREE, no need to book

Perth will celebrate the contribution Robert Burns has made to Scottish culture, with live entertainment and fun with a Scottish twist as part of the Perth Light Nights.

5pm - Event open (With a parade on Saturday 25th)
7pm - Address to the Haggis with free Haggis Tasting
8pm - Toast to Robert Burns
8.45pm - Auld Lang Syne
9pm - Closedown

Saturday only: A themed parade starting outside 2 High Street at 5pm which will proceed via St John Street & South Street to Norie Miller Park for the fun to begin.

WHILE YOU'RE HERE - Saturday 25th January: From 12 noon until 9.00pm a wonderful, artisan market will take place. Pop down early and have a browse, soaking up the atmopshere of the Bard's special day.  Tay Street will also be the location for Horne’s Funfair and Individual Pipe Band Performances, as well as a Massed Band Performance from 5.30pm.

There are fantastic stallholders, including David Lindsay Butchers, who are teaming up with Perth’s most famous Greengrocer Peter Martin from Martins Fruit Bazar, alongside the Glenturret Distillery.

There will also be the fantastic Clootie McToot Dumplings, Highland Cottage Baking Clantastic Treats with amazing fudge, the wonderful Charlotte Flowers Chocolate, Strathearn Cheese and the lovely Kate from Perthshire Preserves.

If you want to whet yer thrapple, Birkentree Tree and Cairn O Mohr will be on hand.

What would the Bard say if we didn’t have the words to share, So Big Dog Books, Perth’s very own independent book seller will be on hand as will, for the first time ever, the local treasure that is Robert Nicol Kilts. Well, it’s Burns Day, words and our ancient heritage have to be there!

Diana King Jewellery, hand made by Diana herself, unique crafted silver jewellery made right here in Perth, and available on the day.

There will also be Womble Shoe Art, fabulous pieces of art made from reclaimed horse shoes.

Faerie Fire are bringing their wax candles tealights and a host of other magical hand crafted goodies alongside North Star quilting with bespoke Harris tweed ladies wear. Truly special gifts from truly special craft makers.

There will be a Pipe Band Parade and piping demonstrations starting in Tay St, going over the Perth Bridge, through the Norrie Millar Light Walk, back over Queens Bridge and into Tay St again, it’ll be one of those amazing spectacles of light and sound and atmosphere.

Alongside all of that, there will be Stevie McCrorie and our very own Mad Ferret Band as well as kids fun Fair rides.

It all kicks off with the Tay St Market at 12pm on Saturday 25th Jan, come along for another brilliant day out in Perth’s Winter Festival


Monday 27th January - Music In The Park
5pm to 9pm, FREE, no need to book

Get your dancing shoes on and prepare to party. It may January, it may be dark, but we're rolling on with the festive spirit with fantastic live music from some of the area's best bands.

Check back for a full listing and band timings.


28th & 29th January - The School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry, 5pm to 9pm : ONLY £5 entry, free for under fives

The school Of witchcraft and Wizardry will be flying into Perth’s Light Nights festival for a magical two night event! 

  • Meet real actors from the Harry Potter movies
  • Have photos on the flying broom green screen
  • Meet the owls
  • Take part in wand duelling classes
  • Learn magical spells with our professors
  • Listen to storytelling
  • See the flying car
  • Enjoy learning about the magic wands & props used in the movies with a brand new replica prop exhibition
  • Take part in broomstick training
  • Fantastic suitcase photo booth
  • See costume characters

Ticket price also inlcudes live entertainment and so much more. Why not come in come in costume for extra fun ?




30th & 31st Jan - Jurassic Perth
Opening Times - 5pm to 9pm : SOLD OUT. No tickets will be available on the door for this.

The Dinosaurs are back in Perth Scotland by popular demand! This is an unmissable opportunity to walk with a Triceratops, roar with T-Rex, scream with a Spinosaurus and run with a Raptor!

This interactive, family-friendly event features EIGHT life-like Dinosaurs, special effects, giant dinosaur eggs, a cinematic experience, crazy characters, Ranger Training Camp, prehistoric props and an opportunity to get up-close and personal with the most magnificent beasts to ever roam our planet!

The Prehistoric line-up includes:
  • ZEUS - The King of the Dinosaurs! Europes largest walking T Rex Dinosaur makes his first ever appearance in Perth! At 22ft long and reaching 12ft high, experience standing in front of a life-size T Rex! 3 appearances at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm.
  • ROAMING RAPTOR Watch out.. we cant guarantee naughty Ritchie Raptor will behave! 4 appearances at: 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm.
  • SPINOSAURUS  Prepare yourself to meet Spence, the wildest of all our Dinosaurs! 4 appearances at: 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm
  • TANK the TRICERATOPS The gentlest Giant get face to face with our humorous Herbivore! 2 appearances at: 6.30pm, 7.30pm
  • Meet cute baby Dinosaurs 6 appearances at: 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 8.30pm.
  • Ranger Training  Have you got what it takes to be a Ranger? The chief ranger will teach your dino-mites how to train wild dinosaurs and what to do in an emergency situation- a dinosaur break out! 6 x workshops starting at: 5.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm
  • Meet Cory, the Interactive Talking Dinosaur! He loves surprising passing humans by commenting on their appearance and talking directly to them. Before long, Cory will have the humans copying HIM! Children are fascinated by Cory and love to ask him questions! 4 x 45 minute appearances at: 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
  • Climb inside the Dinosaur Dome for an immersive 360 Cinematic Experience. Continuous Shows between 5pm-9pm
  • Pose for Photos in front of our huge Jurassic Backdrop and life-size Dinosaur Props.
  • Climb inside 5 Giant Dinosaur Eggs at the event and be sure to tag them in your posts using @hiredinosaurs and #JurassicPerth
  • Interactive Rangers & Characters will be wandering around the Park!
This is a truly ROAR-SOME Dinosaur experience the whole family can enjoy! It will take approx. 90 mins to 2 hours to see all the dinosaurs and experience this incredible Jurassic event. There will be multiple dinosaur appearances throughout the evening, so you can arrive any time you choose, up to 7.30pm, and you won't miss a thing! 



1st & 2nd February - Chinese New Year
Opening Times - 5pm to 9pm, FREE, no need to book

Celebrate Chinese New Year in style, and enjoy storytellers, walkabout performers and lots of tasty food & drink. There will be music and dance performances at both of the Norie Miller Arches and lots of entertainment throughout the park.

Saturday 1st February: The Chinese New Year Parade from 2 High Street to Norie Miller Walk kicks off at 5pm, taking you via St John Street and South Street before ending at the lights themselves.