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Clock is ticking to collect tickets for Christmas lights switch on

Clock is ticking to collect tickets for Christmas lights switch on

If yours was one of the 4.4% of successful applications for the Glasgow Christmas lights switch on, the odds are definitely in your favour.

But lucky applicants who haven't yet redeemed their tickets online may want to get their skates on, with the deadline set for Tuesday, October 27 at 9am.

Unclaimed tickets will be allocated to people who took part in the ballot, which raked in a whopping 54,119 bids, equating to 266,134 individual tickets.

Glasgow Christmas lights switch on receives bids for 266,000 tickets

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In total, 41,985 applications were received from Glasgow postcodes and 12,134 were received from outside the city boundaries.

The level of unique applications in 2015 was slightly higher than in 2014 although the total number of tickets requested fell slightly. On average, 4.9 tickets were requested per application.

Carried out by computer software, ticket selection is said to be at random - 93% of tickets were allocated to Glasgow residents and 7% outwith the city.

A record 54,000 applications were made for the display in 2014, equating to 250,000 individual ticket requests, yet 2000 slots went unused.

To remedy this, Glasgow Life attempted to introduce a £2.50 fee for the event this year - and idea that was promptly scrapped after it came under fire from the public.

Lord Provost of Glasgow, councillor Sadie Docherty said: "As we get to the end of the ballot process, I hope everyone who has been lucky enough to receive tickets will join us in George Square for the start to the countdown to Christmas.

"Demand this year has been as extraordinary as ever but in recent years as many as 2000 tickets have gone unused on the night meaning many more families could have been there.

"The Glasgow Christmas Lights Switch On is a magical evening as our festive celebrations get underway."

  (STV)
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The switch on is scheduled for Sunday, November 15 and will be followed by six weeks of festive fun organised by Glasgow Loves Christmas.

Glasgow on Ice will kick off from November 27 until Hogmanay, excluding Christmas Day.

There will also be fairground rides, food, drink and stalls as part of Glasgow Loves Christmas at George Square.

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