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Thousands apply for Christmas event in Glasgow George Square

Car Hire Glasgow Airport manager Ricky is looking forward to the beginning of the festive season in the city.

The on-line ballot closed for the Christmas lights switch on in Glasgow, with nearly 54,000 requests for only 12,000 tickets available for the event in George Square.

The number applying for tickets has doubled from the previous year. The switch on will take place on Sunday 16th November, with work already under way hanging the lights around the city.

To ensure local people get priority for the switch on, 80% of tickets go to Glasgow residents with the remainder distributed elsewhere. Entry will be by free ticket only. Each ticket permits access for one person only and all adults, children and babies must have a ticket to gain access to George Square.

A maximum of six tickets will be allocated per household. The Christmas lights form part of the Glasgow Loves Christmas campaign which takes in the city’s shops, celebrated Style Mile and festive events throughout the city.

Each year, Glasgow City Council aims to get the decorations in place before the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph which this year is on November 9.

Glasgow Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said “It’s been an incredible year for Glasgow and the unprece-dented demand for tickets for the Christmas lights switch-on shows, once again, the huge popularity of the city’s events. The ballot process ensures a fair distribution of tickets, but with so many requests, not everyone will be successful. However, with a packed programme of winter events and the lights shining throughout the festive season, there will be ample opportunity for everyone to enjoy the action. For those fortunate enough to secure tickets, we have no doubt George Square will provide a stunning backdrop as we celebrate and look forward to Christmas.”

Full details of the event and which acts will be performing will be released closer to the date. The switch-on celebrations will begin at 6pm and culminate with a fabulous firework display.