SNP MSP Sandra White has praised the contribution of Scotland’s Winter Festivals to Scotland’s culture,economy and heritage, as Scots enjoy a 3-month long programme of events.

The Winter Festivals celebrate Scotland’s spirit and diversity over the Christmas period and Hogmanay, also marking Burns Night on 25th January, with events across the country.

This year, the Scottish Government provided Scotland’s Winter Festivals with funding of £500,000. Edinburgh’s Christmas festival – one of the festivals supported by the funding – generated an economic impact of £113 million in additional output in 2017, equating to 2,260 full time jobs in Edinburgh.

SNP MSP Sandra White said:

“Scotland’s Winter Festival programme boasts a number of hugely exciting and diverse events – offering both Scots at home and abroad the chance to celebrate on national days such as St Andrews Day, Hogmanay, and Burns Night.

“This year’s celebrations recognise the shared values and inclusive view of the world that we possess in Scotland –something which is essential at this crucial time, when it is more important than ever to cultivate relationships with our friends in Europe and further afield.

“Our Winter Festivals attract thousands of local people, as well as performers and visitors from all over the world.

“Of course, everyone who lives here knows that Scotland is the place to be over the festive period – but it is great that we manage to attract so many international revellers over Christmas to celebrate this fantastic country with us.”

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