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Friday 1st of November 2013
The Christmas festival is taking shape as Car Hire Edinburgh Airport look at what has been recently announced to add to the other things that are going on over the festive period.
There will be a giant Ferris wheel with enclosed pods to gain unrivalled views of Edinburgh ready for the Christmas festival in the city. It is being shipped over from Australia and will be set up at a new site in PrincesStreetGardens.
There will be 36 pods and a commentary pointing out Edinburgh’s historical landmarks during the nine minute ride. The towering structure will be flanked by European Christmas markets and the festivals box office, with a new children’s zone.
Underbelly who are organising the event, their director Charlie Wood said, “Our main reason for changing the wheel was that Edinburgh is the windy city, especially in Princes Street and especially at Christmas. If people are going to enjoy the views, they ought to be cosy and warm. The fact that it’s 42m high means you will also be able to see due north when you’re at the top of the wheel as well.”
Ticket prices for the new wheel have doubled to £8 per person, with all the other attractions ranging from£4 -£10 for adults. The traditional ice rink has moved next to the ScottMonument.
Essential Edinburgh chief executive Andy Neal billed the new attractions as a major crowd puller. “We’re very excited about the way the plans are all looking now. It definitely feels like it’s an upgrade in all areas. The entire buzz that we’re getting is great, and the Scottish market stalls are all very reputable companies and high-quality products. The fact the Big Wheel is enclosed rather than open to the elements adds to the sense that it’s going to be a higher quality, with some really big attractions. The Spiegeltent at Christmas – actually having a big Christmas show in the city centre – is great.”