The last weekend before Christmas the city of Edinburgh is simply brimming with activities. The festive spirit is all around (if you ignore the Spring-like weather) and there is lots and lots going on. We give you an overview of the best bits to see and do this Saturday and Sunday (19th-20th December).
Saturday, 19th December
- 2:30pm and 7:30pm Tracks of the Winter Bear: The perfect alternative to a traditional pinto is on show in the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. A collection of wintery tales interwoven with dramaturgical magic and musical delights. As Morven Macbeth said on Twitter “I just loved #WinterBear @traversetheatre last night. Had my heart rended & mended in 2 hours of beautiful writing & spot on performances.” Full-price tickets are £18 and the age recommendation is 14+.
- 2.30pm, 6.30pm & 9.30pm Edinburgh Drive-In Spectacular: Think the world’s biggest outdoor LED screen, think Christmas movies, and think sitting in your car with a full bag of popcorn – that is the combination you will be able to enjoy at the Royal Highland Centre. You pay £26 for a whole car no matter how many people you bring. On every day until 23rd December.
- 7.30pm Christmas Concert by the Edinburgh Brass Band: Let the delightfully warm sounds of a brass band get you in a Christmas mood at beautiful St John’s Church on Princes Street. Tickets are £8 and can be pre-booked. Children under 5 go free.
- 6.30pm and 8.15pm Virgin Money Street of Light: If you haven’t had the chance to see this spectacle of light and music on Royal Mile yet and you noticed that tickets are sold out, we have good news for you. Every night at 9pm 500 more tickets for next day’s performances are released. So be quick and you might be lucky and get a pair. The event is free.
Sunday, 20th December
- 10am-5pm Stockbridge Market: Every Sunday next to the Water of Leith a little market is held. While it has grown in size and is quite a big market now, it caters for all types of shoppers with a soft spot for independent producers: foodies, coffee enthusiasts, jewellery collectors and art know-it-alls. Entry is free.
- 10am-4pm Christmas at the Royal Botanic Garden: Not only is Santa coming to the Botanics (10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm) with your chance to meet the big fella, but adults can also get their fair share of Xmas magic with a carol concert themed around the spices of the season from 1pm at Inverleith House. Both events are free, but donations are welcome.
- 10am-4.30pm A Royal Christmas Party: Enjoy a family day out at the beautifully decorated Palace of Holyrood House. With loads of activities from face painting, to dressing up in Victorian gowns, carol concerts and learning to dance like the court of Mary, Queen of Scots, the whole family will be entertained and get a peek into how it was like celebrating Christmas in the past. Full-price admission is £11.60 with reduced rates for families, kids, and over 60s.
- 7.30pm A Candlelit Christmas Concert with Octavoce: 8-piece choir Octavoce will sing you into the Christmas spirit in the candlelit environment of the historic Edinburgh Chambers. Full-price tickets are £8 and can be bought on the door.