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Edinburgh's Christmas 2017 programme revealed

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The Ice Adventure, a new feature at the Edinburgh's Christmas festival, will see ice sculptures of figures from history including Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots and Greyfriars Bobby installed in a special walk-through experience at George Street.

Edinburgh's Christmas is an annual festival which this year runs from 17 November 2017 to 6 January 2018 - and has several new attractions which will appeal to history lovers.

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'The Ice Adventure - a journey through frozen Scotland' is a new attraction made of snow and ice, which will be a walk-through experience at George Street. The event is a pre-booked attraction and is produced by Underbelly and Hamilton Ice, producers of the Ice Kingdom at London's Winter Wonderland.

Jamie Hamilton of Hamilton Ice said: 'We couldn't be happier to be part of Edinburgh's Christmas for the first time. We're having great fun imagining and creating in snow and ice many aspects of Scotland from Robert the Bruce to Dolly the Sheep for the Ice Adventure, which we hope visitors will enjoy exploring and discovering.

Winter Windows

Another creative project, produced in partnership with National Galleries of Scotland, is Winter Windows, which will see up to fifty windows displayed across the city. The stained glass windows have been designed by local schooldren, with the theme of 2050 Edinburgh City Vision.

More of the city will be revealed through 24 Days of Advent, which allows residents and visitors to peep behind doors which are usually closed to the public. Attractions will include Trinity House, Lauriston castle and Mansfield Traquair.

History advent calendar

The fun continues with Edinburgh's own giant advent calendar which will be projected onto General Register House with 25 glimpses of Edinburgh in years gone by, with a new scene from the 1700s onwards revealed on each day of advent.

For the full programme, visit the Edinburgh's Christmas website.

(images - Princes Street Gardens copyright Iain Cameron)

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