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What’s On This Christmas in Edinburgh

From twinkling lights to bustling winter markets, our round-up of Edinburgh's festive events

14 . 11 . 2017

Edinburgh truly comes to life this Christmas, with a festive programme that’s filled with magical events and spectacular experiences.

The days are getting shorter, there’s a nip in the air and frost on the ground which can mean only one thing – Christmas has arrived in Edinburgh! The Scottish capital has a magical quality about it whatever the time of year; however it truly transforms throughout the festive season, with its bustling markets and streets adorned with twinkling lights. So if you’re planning a Christmas getaway to the ‘Burgh – let us guide you through some of the magical events and festivities taking place across the city.

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Christmas in Edinburgh

© Edinburgh’s Christmas Market

The celebrations commence with the arrival of the East Princes Street Market (18th Nov – 16th Jan). With over 100 individual stalls selling everything from traditional crafts to delicious street food; the markets are a great place to pick up some truly unique gifts or enjoy a piping hot mug of mulled wine. Then there is the return of the hugely popular Light Night (19th Nov), with music, family entertainment and a predicted audience of 20,000. This year it’s up to Call the Midwife actress, Laura Main, to kick off festivities as Edinburgh officially lights up for Christmas.

Christmas in Edinburgh

© Light Night

The festive season is a time for giving and there are plenty of fun and creative ways to help those in need this Christmas in Edinburgh. Why not don your Santa suit and take part in Edinburgh’s annual Santa Run (10th Dec)? Or grab your sleeping bag and help end homelessness in Scotland for good at Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park (9th Dec). With live performances from Liam Gallagher and a whole host of British talent – it’s sure to be an unmissable event!

Christmas in Edinburgh

The Santa Run

This Christmas, why not avoid the high street crowds and #shoplocal? With so many fantastic craft fairs popping-up across the city you’re guaranteed to find a gift that is truly special. Back for its 5th year, the hugely popular Summerhall Christmas Market (10th Dec) offers a wide array of gifts from some of Edinburgh’s best independent retailers, while just outside of the city the Hopetoun House Shopping Fair (1st – 3rd Dec) is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit!

Christmas in Edinburgh

© Summerhall Christmas Market

Magic is in the air this Christmas – quite literally! After a successful launch last year, MagicFest (27th – 30th Dec) returns with its festive edition, featuring a fantastic line-up of magicians from across the UK. At the Traverse Theatre this December, ‘The Secret Gift’ is a spectacular show packed with suspense, excitement and surprises for the whole family.

Christmas in Edinburgh

© Edinburgh International Magic Festival 

Discover a botanical wonderland this Christmas in Edinburgh at the Royal Botanic Garden. Following the huge popularity of their previous light installations, Christmas at the Botanics (24th Nov – 30th Dec) invites you to grab a hot chocolate or mulled cider and experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas along a beautifully illuminated winter trail.

Christmas in Edinburgh

© Christmas at the Botanics

Christmas in Edinburgh just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the theatre and this year there is no shortage of wonderful productions to choose from. From Shrek the Musical (12th Dec – 7th Jan) at the Edinburgh Playhouse to The Snowman (22nd Dec), there are plenty of magical shows to be enjoyed by the whole family. Not to be missed this Christmas, the King’s Panto re-visits an old classic in the form of Cinderella (2nd Dec – 21st Jan). Running until late January, it promises to continue the festive spirit well into the New Year.

Christmas in Edinburgh

© Shrek the Musical

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