Frost fairy casts a spell as Edinburgh unwraps its Christmas programme

Edinburgh’s Christmas 2011 sees the return of lots of traditional favourites, with a spectacular Light Night on Thursday 24 November and a St Andrew’s Day weekend event.

Some special treats have also been unveiled, making the most of Princes Street over the festive period.

From a 14m high Snow Queen featuring spectacular pyro effects at Light Night, to the much loved Edinburgh's Ice Rink and traditional markets, the city will once more enjoy an Edinburgh's Christmas programme packed full of old favourites and new additions.

The Traditional German Christmas Market will be a key feature as always, Light Night on 24 November will include an awe-inspiring frost and fire show to light Edinburgh's Norwegian Christmas Tree, a gift to Edinburgh from the people of Hordaland, and the six week celebrations will conclude on Wednesday 4 January.

Events and activities will run on Princes Street throughout the Christmas season, with particular emphasis on the Thursday to Sunday period.  From Saturday 26 November, special events taking place will include: live reindeer visits; the return of the popular Santa Express on Princes Street; performance space for buskers and choirs; a Santa Zumbathon flash mob; live ice sculpting; eating and drink al fresco; as well as more markets, stalls and other events to be announced soon.

Commenting on the overall programme, Lord Provost George Grubb, said: "Edinburgh's Christmas is one of the most popular places for Christmas shopping and enjoying the festive celebrations and we welcome many visitors at this time.  With the nativity scene at the heart of our city and superb carol concerts to attend, it means visitors and residents can reflect on the true meaning of Christmas while enjoying a great programme of events and attractions."

St Andrew's Day falls at the start of Edinburgh's Christmas programme, and free events on the weekend of 26-27 November include superb ice sculptures and a stunning fire-themed finale on Edinburgh Castle's Esplanade.  Edinburgh's St Andrew's Day celebrations form part of Scotland's Winter Festivals.


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