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Edinburgh's Winter Festivals 07/08

Edinburgh's Christmas Edinburgh's Christmas and Edinburgh's Hogmanay are iconic international festivals that contribute significantly to the distinctiveness of Edinburgh, add to the City's international profile and importantly, help ensure ‘The Festival City' has a year-round festival presence.

2007 was a busy and exciting year for Edinburgh's Winter Festivals, the management team behind Edinburgh's Christmas and Edinburgh's Hogmanay, with developments on all fronts; a new producer was appointed for Edinburgh's Christmas, She's Gott it! and a number of new events were introduced to further enhance the successful programmes of Edinburgh's Christmas and Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

Edinburgh's Christmas

Edinburgh's Christmas is a six week festival of events and activities, from late November until early January. The festival welcomes just under 400,000 people with 45% from Edinburgh and Lothians and 55% from the rest of Scotland, the UK and overseas. 

The festivities begin with the grand switching on of the Christmas lights, on Light Night and then a month of fun really begins! With a programme full of exciting events, fun fair attractions, shows, pantomimes, sporting events and live music, the programme has something on offer for everyone in the family.

The new event for Edinburgh's Christmas 2007 was ‘T'was the night before Christmas'; a spectacular aerial re-enactment of the famed Christmas poem. It took place outside the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre in Leith and attracted an audience of around 5,000. Further additions to the 2007 programme included; The Highland Village Christmas Market, who sold a variety of some of the best produce from Scotland, the UK and Europe, The Ethical Christmas Market, who sold Fair Trade, ethical an organic products  from all over the world and Edinburgh's first Ice Gallery, an entire gallery created from ice with sculptures and displays.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Edinburgh's Hogmanay recovered well from the previous year's cancellation and re-established itself yet again as one of the world's premier New Year's celebrations.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay is a four-day festival with a programme that offers something for everyone; families, the young as well as the young at heart. The festival attracts just under 150,000 people with 35% from Edinburgh and the Lothians and 65% from the rest of Scotland, the UK and overseas.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay kicks off on the 29th of December with the spectacular Torchlight Procession, a procession of fire throughout the City Centre, the programme continues on the 30th with outdoor street theatre for the Night Afore and the 31st sees a range of events taking place during the evening to welcome the New Year, the events include; the world renowned Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party, Ceilidh in the Gardens, Concert in the Gardens, The Candlelit Concert in St Giles Cathedral and the new additions to the 2007 programme; two indoor ceilidhs - The Hoog and Hoog Royale, who saw a total of 1,950 revellers bring in the new year at the Assembly Rooms and The Queens Hall. The last day of the festival, the 1st of January, embraces the New Year with a range of active events such as The One O'Clock Run, Edinburgh Bicycle Trithlon and many more.

Both festivals could not happen without the support of numerous partners, sponsors and contributors from both the public and the private sector. They receive financial and promotional support and goods in kind across all sorts of sectors.

The key the success of the festivals will always be the magical atmosphere in the city and the experiences that the festivals create for the visitors and residents.

In the winter...Edinburgh sparkles!

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