Edinburgh's Christmas celebrations go 3D

Kilted Santa Pic: Tony Marsh Santa will be arriving in the city centre from 17:00 on 8 December

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A 3D film is to be shown in a specially created cinema in Edinburgh as part of the capital's Christmas celebrations.

The animated film Rocket's Missing Antler will be shown in East Princes Street Gardens throughout the festive period.

The celebrations will begin on 29 November with the Light Night Ceremony, which will see the Christmas tree lights on The Mound switched on.

There will also be projections, aerial performance and fireworks at the event.

A Brazilian samba band will lead revellers to a fire show in St Andrew Square once the tree has been switched on.

The Edinburgh Wheel, ice rink and German and Traditional Highland Village Christmas markets will also be returning to the six-week event.

The 1.5km Great Edinburgh Santa Run will be held on 9 December.

Santa will be arriving in the city centre from 17:00 on 8 December in his reindeer-drawn sleigh and will be making daily visits to collect his post.

Edinburgh's Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: "Edinburgh's Christmas is one of the most iconic Christmas celebrations in the world and we are pleased to announce a varied programme of events and attractions for 2012."

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