• Sonny Neil

What to expect at this years Edinburgh's Christmas

The new expansion will incorporate the west end of the city and ensures a safe environment with Covid-19 in mind

Christmas is right around the corner and Underbelly, the producers of Edinburgh’s Christmas, have officially submitted their planning applications for the Capital’s 2021 Winter Festival.

The new application includes additions at East Princes Street Gardens and The Mound and incorporates both West Princes Street Gardens and George Street into the proceedings

62 trading stalls and four attractions are planned for East Princes Street Gardens this year.

The Big Wheel will also make an appearance in the east end of the city. Additionally, at the west end, 15 additional stall concessions and 11 attractions will be present, including the Christmas Tree Maze and a Santa's Grotto.

For the first time since 2018, Underbelly is seeking permission to reinstate the popular ice rink attraction. The magical ice rink will have a brand-new location at the westerly end of George Street between Charlotte Square and Castle Street.

With last years festivities being cancelled due to the pandemic. Underbelly is incorporating Edinburgh’s Christmas with Covid-19 in mind and aims to create a safe and fun environment for this year’s festivities.

Underbelly Co-Directors, Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam said: “The Underbelly team has been working tirelessly to create a bespoke Edinburgh’s Christmas programme that not only provides unforgettable memories and experiences but also makes visitors feel safe and at ease at all times.

“It’s been a very challenging couple of years for everyone but our proposed plans for Christmas are designed not only to support economic recovery in the city centre, driving footfall to both the East and the West end of the City, but to also bring some much-needed cheer and happiness to both residents and visitors.”

This year's Edinburgh’s Christmas will run from the 19th of November to the 2nd of January.