Edinburgh’s Christmas festivities begin

Published: 21 November 2017

Visitors and residents came together to celebrate the start of Edinburgh’s Christmas season. The festivities, which will last for six weeks, went into full swing as a 20,000-strong crowd met in the city centre for an afternoon of free music, dance and celebrations.

Alongside the opening of the annual markets in Princes Street Gardens, the event marked a weekend where families across the city began to prepare for the big day.

Sunday's event, dubbed Light Night, is the latest in a line of attractions designed to foster community spirit on George Street and the surrounding areas. Throughout the afternoon, choirs and dance groups came from across Scotland and braved the freezing winter weather to perform.

The traditional Christmas Tree on the Mound, a gift to the City of Edinburgh Council from Hordaland County Council in Norway, was lit as part of the Light Night celebrations. The event marked a turn in the year – a point where people can begin to embrace Christmas rather than denying it is on the horizon...

Full Story via Scotsman News

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