New ice adventure and giant advent calendar part of spectacular Christmas for Edinburgh

The programme for Edinburgh's Christmas this year has been unwrapped.

Christmas programme

On behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, Underbelly has announced the programme for Edinburgh’s Christmas 2017

Edinburgh’s Christmas is one of the most popular Christmas celebrations in the UK and 2017 will see the biggest, brightest and best programme of events and entertainment to date.

This year the refreshed celebration expands across the city from east to west, north to south and into community hubs outside the city centre. 

Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Frank Ross, said: “Produced on behalf of the Council for the enjoyment of everyone, Edinburgh’s Christmas has become one of the top winter festivals in the UK. 

“This year’s programme celebrates the past, present and future of our city, with a combination of new attractions, popular events and old favourites.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the festive cheer spread beyond the city centre this winter with decorative displays in many of our local communities. From Westerhailes to Leith, 50 artworks by local schoolchildren will provide a window into the Edinburgh of the future. It will spread awareness of the 2050 City Vision initiative and brighten all corners of Edinburgh.”

Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, Edinburgh’s Christmas, said: “This is the fifth year Underbelly has produced Edinburgh’s Christmas on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council and we are extremely excited to be presenting such an ambitious and refreshed programme spreading farther and wider across the city, reaching more communities than ever before: from the free to access giant Advent Calendar on General Register House to the brand new icy Scottish journey of The Ice Adventure on George Street to the breath-taking La Clique Noël taking residence in our Festival Square Spiegeltent on Lothian Road, and Winter Windows on display in Craigmillar and Wester Hailes. The economic impact of Edinburgh’s Christmas on the city is growing every year and with the positive effect it has socially on the residents of Edinburgh, we are proud to be able to bring world class winter entertainment to the Scottish capital yet again.”

A new feature, The Ice Adventure – a journey through frozen Scotland, will come to the west end of George Street, offering residents and visitors a stunning new attraction made of snow and ice.

Another new offering this year is Edinburgh’s Giant Advent Calendar. This free attraction, created by Double Take Projections, will be projected nightly onto General Register House, with 25 glimpses of Edinburgh winters from years gone-by, one revealed each day. 

International sensation La Clique comes home to headline the Festival Square Spiegeltent with a new seasonal show, La Clique Noël.

In a partnership with Edinburgh Trams, Edinburgh’s Christmas has invited schoolchildren from across the city to design a special Christmas and Hogmanay tram to brighten up the city’s streets this winter.

Underbelly now produces both Edinburgh’s Christmas and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay on behalf of City of Edinburgh Council, creating a world leading Winter Festival in the city bringing visitors from around the world and showcasing Scotland on an international stage.

Edinburgh’s Christmas runs from Friday 17 November 2017 to Saturday 6 January 2018.

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