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Edinburgh’s Christmas market to have new ice rink and rides in revamped plans

The plans for Edinburgh’s Christmas festival have been unveiled with the market set to be revamped this year – including brand new rides.

Edinburgh Live reports that Operator Underbelly have set out proposals for an overhauled version of its the annual event which is held in Prince Street gardens.

The new plans will expand the festival into West Princes Street Gardens and is also said to bring back the iconic ice rink – which has not appeared for the last three years.

New ‘family areas’ located near the Ross Bandstand are designed to protect the look the area and reduce the impact on the green space.

This will be the fourth year Underbelly have operated the capital city’s Christmas Market, with the new plans a response to criticism of their handling of last year’s event.

The revamped plans come after the firm received criticism for the damages left after 2019 edition of the event, where the gardens were left unusable for months after.

The firm faced backlash after it emerged that many of the stalls and attractions had not gained the correct planning permission, which led to the gardens being left a ‘muddy mess’ and ‘unusable’ for a few months after the event.

Underbelly claimed that the revamped proposals will use up to 75 per cent less space than in previous years, including relocating the popular ice rink to a space between Charlotte Square and Castle Street.

The proposals also set out a host of popular attractions for festival goers such as a giant Ferris wheel, as well as the return of the ‘star flyer’ ride at the Scott’s Monument.

Meanwhile, at least 80 stalls and bars are planned for around the gardens, mound, and George Street.

Underbelly directors Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam told the Edinburgh Evening News : “The 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 are designed not only to support economic recovery of the city centre, driving footfall to both the east and west ends, but to also bring much-needed cheer and happiness to residents and visitors.”

A new tender for the 2022-23 contract is set to be issued in the coming months, and the new plans will go to the Chief’s at Edinburgh City Council on Tuesday.

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