Perth Winter Festival bows out with a kiss

Romance was in the air for the final two nights of Perth's successful Winter Festival, with Valentines-themed Riverside Light Nights.

The final event of the Perth Winter Festival once again proved popular with the crowds, with thousands of people drawn to the lights on the banks of the River Tay.

The 2019 Riverside Light Nights were organised by Perth & Kinross Council in association with Stagecoach and technical partners 21CC Productions Ltd. The Burns themed events which kicked off the first two days of the 2019 Light Nights run received support from Scotland's Winter Festivals, a Scottish Government initiative, delivered in collaboration with Visit Scotland, BEMIS Scotland, the Fair Saturday Foundation, the English Speaking Union Scotland and a range of other partners.

This year's Light Nights featured more spectacular themes, including big names and cult favourites at Comic-Con, the wonders of wizardry and magic, dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes, and annual favourites Burns Night, Chinese New Year, and of course Valentines.

From Halloween through to the Light Nights the 2018/19 Perth Winter Festival has once again proved that Perth knows how to throw a party. The full economic impact of the Winter Festival will be reported to a future meeting of the Council's Environment & Infrastructure Committee.

Councillor Angus Forbes, Convener of the Council's Environment & Infrastructure Committee, said: "Combining spectacular light displays with live entertainment on the banks of the River Tay has proved a winning combination. Despite the cold and the drizzle we have once again saw thousands of visitors make their way to the park to brighten up their winter nights.

"Despite being run over fewer nights this year - 16 compared to 19 nights in 2018 - there was an amazing total of 59,030 visits to the event. That is even better than the 53,518 total visits to the event in 2018. 

"Overall this year's Winter Festival has been another resounding success, with positive feedback from visitors local and and far afield. I look forward to seeing the full economic assessment of the benefits the events have had for the area."

The average number of visits per night over the 16 nights is 3,689. The most popular night was night one of the Chinese New Year theme with a total of 7,818 visits recorded.