GLASGOW GET SET FOR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Last week almost 45,000 ticket bids for the Glasgow Christmas Lights switch on were turned down as tickets were handed out to those lucky holders.

Seventy days until Christmas, and the city has already has begun putting up its lights in preparation for the big switch on in one month’s time.

November 15 will see around 15,000 people in George Square at an event hosted by Clyde 1, there will be performances from Karen Dunbar, Rock Choir and Scottish Ballet.

As of this year the ticket system is now a ballot, you have to register online and hope your name is picked out as opposed to a first come, first serve basis. The ballot closed at the end of September.

The Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councillor Sadie Docherty, said during the ballot: “we don’t want anyone interested in coming along to miss out on the opportunity to win a golden ticket,” as Glasgow Life encouraged people to get online and register their chance.

A week before the tickets were announced over 10,000 different applications had gone in to receive tickets, of which could have been up to 6 tickets each.

Those who did not manage to get tickets this year are searching for people to give them up with wanted adverts being posted on Gumtree and Twitter.

Shannon McGurin (18) from Eaglesham, who was not lucky enough to get tickets this year said: “I’m really disappointed that we didn’t get the tickets, I’ve been going to the George Square light switch on since I was about 2 or 3 years old with my family. It is something we have done every year – but now this year none of us can go. It was a family tradition.”

This is only the first of many events happening over the Glasgow Loves Christmas festival however and Glasgow Life urges those who were unsuccessful to come along and enjoy the other events.

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