CHRISTMAS fans have snapped up over 100,000 early bird tickets to a new festive event in just a couple of hours despite a technical hitch on their website this morning.

Itison confirmed that their Elfingrove event has exceeded sales expectations with punters buying gold-dust briefs in their thousands. They went on sale at 7.30 am this morning and more than 100,000 tickets had been sold by 10.30 am. 

READ MORE: Christmas fans anger after website crashes as they attempt to buy Elfingrove tickets

Evening Times:

The brains behind the new festive event, Glasgow-based entrepreneur Oli Norman said: "The reaction’s on par with some of the biggest stadium gigs in the UK which is just phenomenal for a brand new, home grown event.

“We’ve been planning for huge levels of extra traffic to itison and put extra measures in place to support this however we’re aware some folk experienced issues getting their tickets this morning and would like to apologise – we know how frustrating it can be. Most visitors were able to purchase without issue.

“As locals ourselves, we’re immensely proud and excited to be taking over the city’s most loved museum for what’s going to be a completely magical Christmas experience.

“Our elves have been working round the clock and the site is now stable with tickets still available.”

READ MORE: £1million invested to create Elfingrove Christmas event at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Evening Times:

It comes after we revealed that £1 million was being invested into the event by Mr Norman.

A world-class production team of over 60 people has been hired to create what is described as a 'spell-binding night-time tour of the museum culminating in a show capturing the true magic of Christmas using state of the art technology, sound, and lighting'.

The event will run at the West End venue from December 5 to 23 and itison initially hoped that they would attract 100,000 visitors. But first day sales have already exceeded that figure. 

Itison has also revealed in recent weeks what you can expect from the event which lasts 90 minutes.

  • Part One: Night at the Museum, The Tour. When the guard locks up at night…you’ll experience a world like no other as the museum comes to life. Animals prowl and roar, ancient warriors battle, the Glasgow Boys banter as paintings and statues take on a life of their own, and as for the Spitifire…
  • Part Two: The Show – set to reveal Santa’s ancient secret for the very first time, right here in Glasgow, changing everything you need to know about Christmas. The huge reveal will form part of the £1million spectacular show and will make you feel proud and fill your hearts with Christmas spirit.
  • Part Three: Elfingrove outside, featuring the UK’s first Silent Snow Disco! Once you’ve finished your journey through the museum and a spectacular show, you’ll step outside into a magical fairy-lit winter wonderland set against the incredibly lit façade of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum featuring – Elfingrove’s Silent Snow Disco; an epic bar with winter warmers and treats; a gourmet street food village and some all singing, all dancing surprises.
  • Limited early bird tickets are still available, exclusively on itison.com/elfingrove