Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Festive market starts Edinburgh's Christmas celebrations

Edinburgh's Christmas market
Image caption Edinburgh's Christmas market has opened

Edinburgh's Christmas celebrations have started with the opening of the festive market along Princes Street.

Police Scotland has used the opportunity to remind people how to stay safe during the party season.

Extra police patrols will be out on Friday and Saturday nights and people have been warned not to allow too much alcohol to ruin their evening.

On Sunday, Edinburgh's Christmas lights are officially switched on. Light Night runs from 13:30 to 17:00.

As part of the celebrations 60 local community groups, with more than 1,350 members from across the capital, will perform on seven stages along George Street.

'Diary date'

Edinburgh Bhangra Crew, Highland Piper Brighde Chaimbeul from St. Mary's Music School, break dancing studio Elite Studio Centre, Braidburn School and Edinburgh cheerleaders Elite Dance Pro will all be at the event.

Edinburgh's Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, said: "Getting Edinburgh's Christmas festivities off to a dazzling start, Light Night is an outstanding display of fireworks, carol singing and lights.

"As ever, the charitable event is by and for Edinburgh's citizens.

"It is a community event and this year much needed funds will be raised for Cash for Kids.

"I encourage everyone to mark the date in their diary and take part as Edinburgh is lit up for Christmas."

Last year, more than 26,000 people took to George Street to celebrate the official start of Edinburgh's Christmas.

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