Winterfest chiefs considered two new attractions in Dundee before pulling the plug on its 2023 offering.
Emails released to The Courier, under Freedom of Information legislation, reveal M&N Events looked at introducing a Christmas tree/ice maze and a roller disco to its downsized offering at Slessor Gardens.
It later focused on developing plans for activities in the city centre instead.
- Two Winterfest stalls selling food and two children’s rides, open between 11am and 6pm daily, near the penguin statues at the Overgate
- Four Winterfest stalls selling crafts between 10am and 6pm daily at an unspecified site referred to as the ‘D area’; the idea of putting up a 22-metre “mini” wheel in this area was also mooted
- Three stalls on the left-hand side of City Square selling crafts, running alongside the council’s activities
But it emerged in November that Dundee Winterfest was being scaled back – before it failed to even open as planned on December 1.
‘Poor compared to other cities’
Councillor Fraser Macpherson said: “The e-mail information seen by The Courier and Evening Telegraph underlines the confusion between the organisers and the council over Winterfest 2023.”
He added: “The council has messed up big style and, let’s face it, however you cut it, Dundee’s city centre Christmas offering compares very poorly to the other Scottish cities.”