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Edinburgh’s Christmas busier than ever before!

30th Nov 2016

Two weeks into Edinburgh’s Christmas, the city’s 6 week long winter festival, figures demonstrate the event is even more popular than ever!

485,000 people have already been welcomed to our East Princes St Gardens site which includes Santa Land, the Big Wheel and Starflyer and more. 

The ice rink in St Andrew Square is also proving hugely popular with 13,606 tickets already snapped up. The stunning rink is the only elliptical ice rink in the UK, circling the Melville Monument.

With still almost a month of performances to go, 213,000 tickets (10,000 more than on this day in 2015) have already been issued for Street of Light on George Street, with many people snapping up the additional allocations made available online the night before at 9pm.

Joining the celebrations from all four corners of the globe, visitors are flocking to the city. Edinburgh’s Christmas has had bookings from 55 countries outside the UK including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, and Uruguay.

School children from Edinburgh are also reminded to ask their schools for the secret code which gets them free tickets to the ice rink in St Andrew Square courtesy of Standard Life’s 10,000 free ticket giveaway.

Five Guys Named Moe, the dazzling new production of the hit West End and Broadway musical opened last night tonight at the Festival Square Theatre. Produced by Underbelly Productions in association with Cameron Mackintosh, the Clarke Peters musical features the toe-tapping and irresistible hits of jazz legend Louis Jordan, including; Early In The Morning, Choo Choo Ch’Boogie and Saturday Night Fish Fry, plus many more performed on stage by a live band.

Charlie Wood, Director of Edinburgh’s Christmas, said “It’s fantastic to see so many people enjoying Edinburgh’s Christmas, and spending time in the city centre with their family and friends. I’ve met people from all over the world enjoying the markets, the attractions and the Street of Light. It’s great to see Edinburgh providing such a warm welcome and attracting people to this city in winter.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Edinburgh’s Festivals and Events Champion, said: “Edinburgh remains one of the UK’s top winter destinations and it is fantastic to see the festive events and attractions attract thousands of visitors and residents to the city centre. This year’s figures are looking really positive, even before we move into December.”

John Donnelly, Chief Executive, Marketing Edinburgh said: “When it comes to pre-Christmas celebrations and shopping, Edinburgh guarantees its visitors and residents a unique and memorable experience. Thanks to the huge variety of retailers, exciting Christmas entertainment and excellent food and drink venues, all set within a UNESCO World Heritage, recognised as one of the most beautiful in the world, it’s no surprise Edinburgh’s popularity as a winter destination continues to grow year on year.”

Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Essential Edinburgh, said: "It is terrific to see that the Christmas festival continues to be more popular than ever, and to draw people from far and wide to the city centre at this important time of year for our shops, bars and restaurants.

"It is also good to note that we are also seeing the attractions spread across the BID area, ensuring all our members can benefit from the increased ambience, fun and opportunities it brings." 

To read more about all of our events this year, visit our What's On page here: www.edinburghschristmas.com/whats-on

Posted by Carlotta