Edinburgh's Winter Festivals
Edinburgh woke up this morning to a real Christmas scene (again) - just four weeks early! But in spite of this the children loved it, particularly those who found that the weekend had been extended by a day when their school was closed.
The time is memorable - 1pm on 1-1-11. The show should be too with five of Scotland’s leading song-writers, Dougie MacLean, Roddy Woomble, Roddy Hart, Tommy Reilly and Dick Gaughan, performing specially written Resolution Songs commissioned by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.
A thousand runners will blow the cob webs out with this gentle run down the Royal Mile starting from the Castle Esplanade (with a shot from the one o'clock gun), down the city’s Royal Mile, p
Now that Edinburgh's Christmas programme is out of the bag, it's time to look at what festive shows city theatres have planned for us.
The Victorian tradition of pantomime is still very much alive and well with several theatres returning with new shows that have the classic panto ingredients of cross-dressing, singing, and audience participation, wrapped in a modern adaptation of a classic fairy tale.
Thoughts have turned to Christmas with the launch earlier today of Edinburgh's Christmas Festival, which starts on 25 November with Edinburgh Light Night. Returning to the city centre for the duration of the wintry months, is the big Ferris wheel, the ice rink (re-branded from a "Winter Wonderland" to "Edinburgh's Ice Rink"), the Santa run, and the traditional German Christmas market.
It's probably too early to be talking panto already. Oh no it isn't! The nights are drawing in, and theatre's starry spangled season of loud-coloured sets, men in dresses, leggy boys, raucous bouts of audience participation and, likely, lashings of innuendo to keep the older folk in the audience involved in the proceedings is on its way.
Buses, taxis and cycles are to return to Princes Street by the end of November say Edinburgh City Council.