More than 750,000 flock to Edinburgh’s Christmas

Edinburgh's Christmas has enjoyed record crowds over its first ten days. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

Edinburgh's Christmas has enjoyed record crowds over its first ten days. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

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THREE quarters of a million visitors have already flocked to this year’s Christmas festival in Edinburgh.

Organisers of the six-week festival revealed that 751,000 people had enjoyed shows, attractions and markets spread across East Princes Street Gardens and St Andrew Square in the first ten days.

Of those, a total of 273,000 visitors went to Edinburgh’s Christmas in the space of just two days last weekend.

Footfall in the city centre in the fortnight from November 18 to December 1 has also increased by 13.2 per cent on the same period last year.

Visitor numbers have included 33,600 people riding on the Big Wheel and 25,400 thrill seekers getting aerial views of the city from the Star Flyer ride.

This year’s offering is the brainchild of London-based Underbelly and Edinburgh firm Unique Events, which were jointly awarded a long-term contract for both the Christmas and Hogmanay festivals earlier this year.