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Popular events in Edinburgh

You'll find the most popular Edinburgh events on the website right now, right here!

Castle of Light
Castle of Light
14th Nov 2019 - 22nd Dec 2019
Expect wonder, enchantment and a spectacle of colour this festive season as Edinburgh Castle, the defender of the nation, becomes the ‘Castle of Light’!
An Edinburgh Christmas Carol
An Edinburgh Christmas Carol
28th Nov 2019 - 4th Jan 2020
The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh is delighted to present the world premiere of An Edinburgh Christmas Carol, a magical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale.
24 Doors of Advent
24 Doors of Advent
1st Dec 2019 - 24th Dec 2019
Throughout December Edinburgh opens its doors to showcase the unique buildings in the city in this real-life advent calendar.

Featured events in Edinburgh

There are thousands of events in Edinburgh every month, here we've hand-picked a few you should definitely pay attention to!

Serial Killers: The Charisma of Evil
Serial Killers: The Charisma of Evil
13th December 2019
The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh West
Award-winning writer Paul Pender, who survived death threats from "Monster Butler" serial killer Roy Fontaine, asks - why are we obsessed with serial killers, in books, films, TV and real life?
Erskine Christmas Carol Concert
Erskine Christmas Carol Concert
13th December 2019
The Parish Church of St Cuthbert, Edinburgh Old Town
Please join us on 13th December in The Parish Church of St Cuthberts for our Christmas Carol Concert in aid of Erskine's Veterans.
Gypsy Circus
Gypsy Circus
13th December 2019
The Mash House, Edinburgh Old Town
Catch Gypsy Circus at The Mash House on Friday 13th December with support from North Atlas!

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From theatre shows to gigs, snap up tickets to the most popular events in town, here's a small selection of what's trending this week!

Christmas 2O19: Scottish Ballet The Snow Queen
Christmas 2O19: Scottish Ballet The Snow Queen
7th Dec 2019 - 29th Dec 2019
Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Edinburgh South
Scottish Ballet’s 50th year will come to a spectacular close with the world premiere of The Snow Queen this Christmas at the Festival Theatre!
Disney’s The Lion King
Disney’s The Lion King
5th Dec 2019 - 29th Mar 2020
Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh New Town
The story of THE LION KING is miraculously brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of young Simba's epic adventures.
Christmas at the Botanics 2019
Christmas at the Botanics 2019
22nd Nov 2019 - 29th Dec 2019
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Stockbridge and Canonmills
Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas in this magical after dark experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens!

Festivals in Edinburgh

From music to film, comedy to books, family to the arts there's a wide range of cultural festivals being held throughout the year in Edinburgh!

Edinburghs Christmas
Edinburghs Christmas
16th Nov 2019 - 4th Jan 2020
A spectacular, six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the city!
Serial Killers: The Charisma of Evil
Serial Killers: The Charisma of Evil
13th Dec 2019 - 13th Dec 2019
Award-winning writer Paul Pender, who survived death threats from "Monster Butler" serial killer Roy Fontaine, asks - why are we obsessed with serial killers, in books, films, TV and real life?
Edinburgh International Magic Festival
Edinburgh International Magic Festival
27th Dec 2019 - 5th Jan 2020
Edinburgh International Magic Festival is an annual arts festival and is the UK’s largest magic event.
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Upcoming Theatre Events in Edinburgh

Whether you prefer comedy or musicals, ballet or opera, our Edinburgh theatre listings will have something to suit everyone!

Le Miracle de Noel (ou presque!)
Le Miracle de Noel (ou presque!)
13th Dec 2019 - 14th Dec 2019
Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh Old Town
Come and join us for some festive fun mixing British and French traditions as LA TROUPE from Theatre Sans Accents returns this Christmas with a brand new play!
Flamenco Noche
Flamenco Noche
14th December 2019
Alba Flamenca, Edinburgh Old Town
Enjoy some authentic flamenco passion in Alba Flamenca's ever popular show on Saturday 14th December!
Festive Frolics Dinner and Cabaret Show
Festive Frolics Dinner and Cabaret Show
14th December 2019
The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh New Town
Add an extra sparkle to your Christmas with the Festive Frolics Dinner and Cabaret Show on Saturday 14th December at The Voodoo Rooms!
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Upcoming Family & Kids Events in Edinburgh

Don't be stuck for things to do with the kids in Edinburgh! We have something for everyone and every pocket...

ELF: Cinema Nights at Leith Theatre
ELF: Cinema Nights at Leith Theatre
13th December 2019
Leith Theatre, Leith
Get out your best yellow tights and holiday jumpers because Leith Theatre in partnership with Cinetopia are bringing 'Elf' to the Thomas Morton Hall on December 13th!
Strange Town
Strange Town
13th Dec 2019 - 15th Dec 2019
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Old Town
Strange Town returns to the Storytelling Centre with a trio of new pantos with a twist to delight all the family!
Aladdin
Aladdin
13th Dec 2019 - 21st Dec 2019
Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh South
Edinburgh People's Theatre present their 67th consecutive pantomime, bringing Aladdin by Ben Crocker to Church Hill Theatre in December.
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Upcoming Music Events in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is renowned for it's live music scene, with a variety of venues catering for small intimate gigs to huge arenas hosting the biggest names!

Erskine Christmas Carol Concert
Erskine Christmas Carol Concert
13th December 2019
The Parish Church of St Cuthbert, Edinburgh Old Town
Please join us on 13th December in The Parish Church of St Cuthberts for our Christmas Carol Concert in aid of Erskine's Veterans.
Gypsy Circus
Gypsy Circus
13th December 2019
The Mash House, Edinburgh Old Town
Catch Gypsy Circus at The Mash House on Friday 13th December with support from North Atlas!
ᴏᴠᴇʀɢʀᴏᴜɴᴅ, Hard Drum Special  plus Special Guests
ᴏᴠᴇʀɢʀᴏᴜɴᴅ, Hard Drum Special plus Special Guests
13th December 2019
The Mash House, Edinburgh Old Town
This December, The Mash House are bringing two special guests from Her/Row/Scuffed Records up for a Hard Drum special!
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New Events in Edinburgh

You'll find all the latest Edinburgh events that have been added to the website right here!

Isoscelees presents Slice Nights!
Isoscelees presents Slice Nights!
14th December 2019
Sketchy Beats Cafe, Leith
Groove the night away with a specially curated line up as Isoscelees presents Slice Nights at Sketchy Beats Cafe on 14th December!
Royal Highland Show 2020
Royal Highland Show 2020
18th Jun 2020 - 21st Jun 2020
Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh West
One of Scotland's most iconic events 'The Royal Highland Show' is back at the Royal Highland Centre from 18th June!
Needlepoint Felting - Teacup Pin Cushion Workshop
Needlepoint Felting - Teacup Pin Cushion Workshop
19th January 2020
The Edinburgh Sewcial Club, Edinburgh East
Learn needlepoint felting techniques and make a beautiful tea cup pin cushion in this 1 day class with The Edinburgh Sewcial Club on 19th January!
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Latest Edinburgh News

Macdonald Resorts to help spread Christmas cheer with Emergency Service Discount
Macdonald Resorts to help spread Christmas cheer with Emergency Service Discount
To thank Emergency Service workers and help them relax after the festive season, Macdonald Resorts is offering an exclusive discount to be enjoyed after the big day.
Eat, Rock and Be Merry at Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow and Edinburgh this Christmas
Eat, Rock and Be Merry at Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow and Edinburgh this Christmas
Hard Rock Cafe® Glasgow and Edinburgh Serve Up Limited-Time, Multi-Course Menu Offerings and Breakfast with Santa for the Holidays.

Activities in Edinburgh

Step away from the TV remote, choose one or more from our activities selection, and get out of the house to discover new skills, sports and more!

Bright Irish Dance Edinburgh and Lothians
Bright Irish Dance Edinburgh and Lothians
Beginner Irish Dance LessonsOur beginner Irish dance lessons for all ages and abilities...
Geek Retreat Edinburgh
Geek Retreat Edinburgh
We’re a geek culture venue specialising in comics, trading card games, board games,...
JC Fitness
JC Fitness
At JC Fitness, we have the amazing privilege of working with a wide variety of people...
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Attractions in Edinburgh

Edinburgh and the surrounding areas have a great mix of sightseeing attractions. If you are looking for a fun family day out or a trip with friends, then look no further!

Can You Catch the Killer
Can You Catch the Killer
Can You Catch the Killer Murder Mystery eventsScotland's largest and most prolific murder...
Natami
Natami
natami is Natalia's art gallery that opened in 2019. The gallery is at the centre of...
Birch Tree Gallery
Birch Tree Gallery
A venue for fine-crafts, prints and works on paper opened its doors in March 2017. The...
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Eating & Drinking in Edinburgh

Eating out in Edinburgh is a joy, with a range of restaurants and cafes on offer and there's a wide selection of places to enjoy a quiet pint or a cheeky cocktail.

Harvey Nichols, Forth Floor Brasserie
Harvey Nichols, Forth Floor Brasserie
The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie offer the best in contemporary eating and...
Sip Antics Micro Distillery and Gin School
Sip Antics Micro Distillery and Gin School
Here at Sip Antics we are inspired by and have a passion of all things drinks related...
Scotts Kitchen
Scotts Kitchen
Welcome to Scotts Kitchen, Edinburgh’s top spot for breakfast, lunch, drinks and events...
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Shopping in Edinburgh

If you've got a hankering for some retail therapy, Edinburgh with its diverse range of unique and independent shops is the place to be!

Christopher Howard
Christopher Howard
Established in 1990, we have been designing and hand crafting bespoke kitchens and interiors...
The Mart
The Mart
The (Old Auction) Mart was once the centre of East Linton - a bustling agricultural destination...
Hamilton & Inches
Hamilton & Inches
Hamilton & Inches is Scotland’s luxury jewellery house, with distinctive workshops...
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Popular Events

Castle of Light
Expect wonder, enchantment and a spectacle of colour this festive season as Edinburgh Castle, the defender of the nation, becomes the ‘Castle of Light’!
An Edinburgh Christmas Carol
The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh is delighted to present the world premiere of An Edinburgh Christmas Carol, a magical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale.
24 Doors of Advent
Throughout December Edinburgh opens its doors to showcase the unique buildings in the city in this real-life advent calendar.
Disney’s The Lion King
The story of THE LION KING is miraculously brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of young Simba's epic adventures.
Christmas at the Botanics 2019
Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas in this magical after dark experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens!

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