Edinburgh figures show an expensive christmas.

By Alex Wilson

With the count down to Christmas begun, six weeks in counting, night’s are getting colder and days shortened, kids are writing to Santa Claus and Christmas tree’s are being dusted.

The Edinburgh’s Christmas Sparkle campaign is celebrating its 25th anniversary  gift, generously gifted to the city by the people of Hordaland in Norway which will give the celebrations of the special relationship between the two countries. But is Norway’s tree the only gift to the city this Christmas.

With the economy hitting an all time low, every penny matters this Christmas. Edinburgh council has a massive budget of £706,968, this is still not enough to provide Scotland’s capital city with the festive sparkle. With an actual expenditure £811,414 Christmas in Edinburgh is set to be magical.

The light night is set to alluminate the count down, with Lord Provost, Councillor  George Grubb switching the lights on, he said: “Edinburgh at Christmas continues to be an enormous draw for visitors and residents alike, and research shows that it ranks high on the list of top places to celebrate the season. The city comes alive in a very special way and gives everyone the opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas as well as enjoying a great programme of events and attractions.”

Figures released from Edinburgh council show that In 2008, 7,500 attended, but only 1000 attended in 2009. Nickie Gott from ShesGotIt, the company which is responsible for making this event spectacular released a statement: “With chocolate from Cadbury and fun and games from Nintendo, we have two unique new reasons to come into town, and Light Night promises to bring a real wow factor to kick everything off.”

Edinburgh celebration has everything from chocolate to ice skating, with £811,414 expenditure, this aim to make 2010 Christmas a sparkling success.

Will this Christmas be a magical success or a high electric bill.