More tickets released for Royal Mile Street of Light

Construction staff wave for the camera as they carry out checks on the Street of Light  arches. Picture: Neil Hanna

Construction staff wave for the camera as they carry out checks on the Street of Light arches. Picture: Neil Hanna

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Organisers of the city’s festive light spectacular have announced a 25,000-ticket giveaway to meet international demand.

The free tickets for the Royal Mile’s Street of Light will be be released from noon today to cope with “phenomenal” booking numbers.

People from as far afield as the US, Australia, New Zealand, the Far East, and throughout Europe, as well as by the people of Edinburgh, have snapped up tickets so far.

Since the Virgin Money Christmas spectacular launched last month, 175,000 free tickets have already been snapped up by people from all over the world.

Charlie Wood, director of Underbelly, said: “We are delighted to be able to give even more people from Edinburgh and around the world an opportunity to see the stunning Virgin Money Street of Light and enjoy this iconic street in a very different way.

“I advise everyone to book now to avoid disappointment. There will be no finer place to celebrate the spirit of Christmas this year than here in Edinburgh.”

Manuela Calchini, VisitScotland Regional Director, said the additional tickets, showed the immense popularity of the event.

“This is fantastic news and testament to Edinburgh’s popularity with international and domestic visitors during the winter festival season,” he added.

The Virgin Money Street of Light, kicking off on St Andrew’s Day is an illuminating addition to the city’s programme of events, showcasing the city’s heritage in the run-up to Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design in 2016.

Mr Calchini said: “We are delighted that even more visitors will be able to bask in its glow.”

The event will run from November 30 until December 24. A small number of tickets will also be released daily from November 30 on the Virgin Money website, available to reserve online.

The construction of Virgin Money Street of Light started last week and is now emerging as a cathedral of light. The installation is made of 24 arches, laden with more than 60,000 lights, secured to 1260 metres of aluminium truss.

Councillor Richard Lewis, festival and events champion, said: “The appeal of Edinburgh’s winter festivals is truly international. Tickets have been reserved for the event from all over the world but local residents have also rushed to snap up spaces. It’s shaping into one of the city’s must-see attractions and will help to promote the Royal Mile.