Edinburgh’s Christmas countdown

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Photo courtesy of Alasdair/ Flickr

The countdown to Christmas has begun. Whether you think it’s premature or not, Edinburgh is gearing up for the festive season.

This Sunday, the city’s Christmas lights will be turned on by no other than Scotland’s Susan Boyle. Light Night, as it is being dubbed, is a free event taking place on George Street, where over 1000 local performers will collaborate in a show entertaining an audience of more than 20,000 people.

The Britain’s Got Talent Finalist is just one part of the line-up celebrating Christmas this year.

Celebrations for St Andrew’s Day will take place a day early this year on the 29th of November in Edinburgh, where there will be events in St Andrew’s Square. This will feature performances from poets Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead, and musicians Dean Owens and The Whisky Hearts, The Banana Sessions and Blazin’ Fiddles.

Organisers are seeking to improve on last year’s figures which showed a marked improvement from past Christmas markets. In 2014, over 880,000 unique visitors were logged at the various offerings, which was a 44% increase from 2013. Over 540,000 tickets were sold, a further 37% increase from the previous year.

This is the third consecutive year that Underbelly has created and delivered Edinburgh’s Christmas events. The city’s Christmas and Hogmanay are produced by the consortium of Underbelly and Unique Events Ltd on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council.

Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam of Underbelly said:

“This Christmas is all about lighting up Edinburgh. We’re very excited to be bringing the Street of Light and extending the success of Edinburgh’s Christmas into the Old Town and we’re delighted that the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, the Edinburgh Gay Men’s Chorus and the Edinburgh Police Choir will be providing the music. It’s a free event for up to 5,000 people a show, 250,000 in all. We hope it will show one of Scotland’s most famous streets in a whole new light and bring the whole community together to celebrate Christmas.”

For more information regarding all that Edinburgh has to offer this festive season, visit www.edinburghschristmas.com


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