Christmas is heralded by snow queen

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AN IMPOSING snow queen has helped officially launch Edinburgh’s 2011 Christmas celebrations.

Danuta Ramos joined others yesterday to unveil the spectacular programme of festivities.

Among the focal points will be the Light Night on November 24, which will see a 14-metre high snow queen on George Street, as well as ice sculptures and zumba-ing Santas.

The winter festival is of huge important to the city, bringing in tourists from across the world.