Edinburgh Christmas markets set to return with an ice skating rink


Plans to bring the “magic” ice rink back to Edinburgh’s Christmas markets have been officially submitted by the organizers.

The popular festive celebrations, which take place annually in the capital, are expected to return after being canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the proposals, the markets would return between November 19 and January 2 and include 62 shopping stalls and four attractions, including the Ferris wheel towering over the Edinburgh skyline.

And, after a three-year hiatus, the popular rink is expected to return to a brand new location due to popular demand.

Festival organizers Underbelly have confirmed that the favorite attraction will now be located at the west end of George Street, between Charlotte Square and Castle Street.

Underbelly’s Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam said staff are working “tirelessly” to deliver a new festival with the same “unforgettable experiences” and seek to assure everyone who attends that covid security measures will be in place. square.

They said, “We want visitors to feel safe and comfortable at all times.

“It has been a very difficult few years for everyone, but our proposed Christmas plans are designed not only to support the economic recovery in the downtown area, by boosting footfall in both east and west. the city, but also to bring a lot – needed joy and happiness for residents and visitors.


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With the reveal of the new venues, the updated festival will bring West Princes Street and George Street Gardens into the festive mix. The inclusion of more locations is an effort to encourage dispersed crowds in the city center.

15 other stalls and 11 attractions, including a Christmas tree maze and a Santa Claus cave, on display this year in the new locations.

already granted the request for planning for Edinburgh Christmas at East Princes Street Gardens and The Mound.

Planning requests for the East Princes Street Gardens and The Mound section of the festival have already been accepted, but the request for the new areas of West Princes Street and George Street Gardens has yet to be approved.

More information is expected to be announced shortly, but organizers said they usually receive confirmation of submitted plans within 28 days.


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