Winter Lights Trail

Helensburgh Festive Lights are spectacular, the “Best in the West”. Enjoy walking in the fresh air along the promenade of our seaside town and let the lights lift your spirits! 

The Helensburgh Festive Lighting Charitable Trust volunteers, known as the “Helensburgh Elves” work for Santa and light up the town each year with one hundred and sixty festive lightssixteen sparkling trees and a magnificent Christmas tree in the square.

The lights stretch along the seafront promenade from William Street in the west, then along East Clyde Street as far as Charlotte Street. They start outside the Victoria Halls and go all the way down Sinclair Street to the pier. The lights also stretch along Princes Street and Colquhoun Street as shown on the map, with the main display centred on Colquhoun Square.

Helensburgh Festive Lights map

As well as the range of fantastic shooting stars, star halos, baubles, bells, Christmas trees and snowflakes, look out for these special feature lights – Thank you NHS, Diamond, Robin, Reindeer, Candles, Snowman, Star in a Santa hat, Christmas Stockings, Red Christmas Baubles, Christmas Tree, and of course the two big Banners on Sinclair Street!

Let these beautiful lights brighten up your winter, and whilst you are here, don’t forget to have a browse around some of our unique independent shops or stop in one of our cosy cafes for a coffee or hot chocolate!

The lights stay on into January – please do enjoy them, and if you wish to donate to this voluntary community effort, please visit

(Various images on this page courtesy of the Helensburgh Festive Lighting Charitable Trust).

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