Edinburgh’s Christmas promises to deliver the biggest and brightest Christmas festival ever seen in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Building on last year’s enormous success, and in the lead up to Christmas Day, this year’s Festival will also see an expansion into other parts of the city centre and more free events than ever before.
The Virgin Money Street of Light. Launching on St Andrew’s Day, up to 250,000 people will enjoy this new major free event for the Edinburgh’s Christmas season with an architectural installation of 60,000+ lights stretching along the Royal Mile, from City Chambers to the Tron Kirk, set to music from Edinburgh choirs.
Susan Boyle to switch on Edinburgh’s Christmas lights at Light Night, 22 November 2015. Scotland’s superstar and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Susan Boyle will do Edinburgh the honour of switching on the City’s lights at Light Night, the free event on George Street, where 1,300 local performers will show off their talents to an audience of 20,000+ people.
A significant expansion of the Winter Windows programme. Thanks to the generous support of Scottish Gas with national charity partner Shelter, Edinburgh’s Christmas is extending the Winter Windows programme from 15 primary schools in 2014 to 25 primary and secondary schools from the Edinburgh area.
An exceptional programme of circus, comedy and cabaret in the Paradiso Spiegeltent with performances from Circa, reviving Beyond, the hit show of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014; the legendary Camille O’Sullivan; Puddles, the cabaret sensation of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015; Austentatious; Abandoman; and Frisky & Mannish. And the return of Stick Man, the adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s magical best‐selling book.
A continuation of the EH discount offer, where holders of an EH postcode receive a 20% discount on all shows, rides and events. In 2014, 97,512 tickets were sold with the 20% discount.
Other highlights include:
St Andrew’s Day celebrations in St Andrew Square on 29 November, which will see free performances from Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead, Dean Owens and The Whisky Hearts, The Banana Sessions and Blazin’ Fiddles.
The return of the unique ellipse shaped ice rink around the Melville Monument in St Andrew Square, the Big Wheel, the Star Flyer, the expanded Santa Land with its series of affordable family attractions, and the double decker Carousel which moves this year to St Andrew Square.
24 Doors of Advent welcomes many new doors to explore this year to the advent calendar including the Forth Bridge which was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2015, the Rock House, Leith’s Custom House and the Biscuit Factory.
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.
We’re also honoured that Susan Boyle, who became a household name as a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent and has since become a superstar, will turn on Edinburgh’s lights at the end of Light Night, the event where 1,300 performers from across the City will show off their own talents to the rest of Edinburgh.
Elsewhere at Edinburgh’s Christmas, we hope that local residents will use their 20% discount to enjoy what’s on offer from the elliptic ice rink at St Andrew Square to the rides in Santa Land, to the performances of Circa’s Beyond, Stick Man, Puddles and Camille in the Spiegeltent.”
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:
“Edinburgh’s Christmas programme is a great blend of top international performers, community events and local talent. The Virgin Money Street of Light is an exciting new part of the programme and one we are proud to support through Scotland's Winter Festivals. The launch will be a great addition to our national St Andrew's Day celebrations.”
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