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Sir Chris Hoy to switch on Edinburgh Christmas lights

Edinburgh's Christmas Lights launch Pic: Morag Kinniburgh
Image caption Limbo, the international circus show, will also perform at Edinburgh's Christmas

Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy is to switch on Edinburgh's Christmas lights this year.

The city's Christmas festival is also being revised with a new focus on St Andrew Square.

A series of live shows and community events are planned as part of the "12 days of Christmas" theme.

The council said its investment of more than £1m across both its Christmas and Hogmanay festivals could boost the city's economy by 20 times that amount.

Sir Chris will light up his home city during a night of celebrations on George Street on 24 November.

More than 60 local school and other community groups will perform on Light Night in front of an expected audience of 18,000 people on George Street.

In St Andrew Square, there will be a 635-seat Spiegeltent and Scottish and Children's Markets.

Limbo, the international circus show, will also perform.

Christmas tree maze

Hot Dub Time Machine, the hit show of Edinburgh Fringe 2013, will be at Summerhall for ten exclusive performances.

Attractions include the big wheel, ice skating and a Christmas tree maze.

Edinburgh's Christmas runs between 22 November 2013 and 5 January 2014.

Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam of Underbelly said: "Christmas in Edinburgh has been seriously re-imagined as an event for families, for children, for young people and for all of Edinburgh.

"Whilst retaining many of the traditionally popular attractions, we have relocated some, expanded others and introduced new attractions that will delight the residents and visitors of this historic city.

"Christmas in Edinburgh will be a metropolitan festival to rival the celebrations of other world cities and an event of which the capital city of Scotland will be proud."

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