The group behind the annual event has been forced to cancel it because of the current restrictions.
But, the Lowland Canal Association is forging ahead with a competition to find the best decorated boat.
The organisation represents boaters who live and play on the canal, and, for the last few years it has been holding a Flotilla of Lights with decorated barges coming from all along the canal and gathering in Edinburgh at night.
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With COVID restrictions still in place, the 2020 event has been cancelled, prompting the group to think out of the box.
Neil Kitchener, secretary, said: “Everybody was disappointed so we have decided to hold a competition for the best decorated boat.
“We are asking boaters to decorate/light up their boat/mooring and send photos into our competition.”
The committee will choose a short list to go to a public vote.