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Castle of Light

Castle of Light

14th November 2019 - 22nd December 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’!
Disney’s The Lion King

Disney’s The Lion King

5th December 2019 - 29th March 2020
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 2O19: Scottish Ballet The Snow Queen

Christmas 2O19: Scottish Ballet The Snow Queen

7th December 2019 - 29th December 2019
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!
24 Doors of Advent

24 Doors of Advent

1st December 2019 - 24th December 2019
Throughout December Edinburgh opens its doors to showcase the unique buildings in the city in this real-life advent calendar.
An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

28th November 2019 - 4th January 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.
Spectacle of Light

Spectacle of Light

7th December 2019 - 5th January 2020
Don't miss Dalkeith Country Park’s new winter festive light experience, Spectacle of Light: the magical after-dark adventure for all the family!
Christmas at the Botanics 2019

Christmas at the Botanics 2019

22nd November 2019 - 29th December 2019
Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas in this magical after dark experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens!
Aladdin

Aladdin

13th December 2019 - 21st December 2019
Edinburgh People's Theatre present their 67th consecutive pantomime, bringing Aladdin by Ben Crocker to Church Hill Theatre in December.
A Christmas Cabaret

A Christmas Cabaret

7th December 2019 - 28th December 2019
Join Bruce Devlin for a Christmas cracker of a cabaret show in a fast paced festive hour at The Stand Comedy Club!
Bloodwise Edinburgh Christmas Carol Concert

Bloodwise Edinburgh Christmas Carol Concert

10th December 2019
Join Bloodwise on Tuesday 10th December in St Giles' Cathedral for their Christmas Carol Concert featuring four of Edinburgh's best choirs!
Night Walk for Edinburgh

Night Walk for Edinburgh

16th November 2019 - 31st January 2020
Night Walk for Edinburgh, one of the biggest hits of the Edinburgh international Festival 2019, returns as part of Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations.
Free Tickets For BBC Recording

Free Tickets For BBC Recording

15th December 2019 - 19th January 2020
Scotland’s top funny man, Mark Nelson, leads a panel of comedians and personalities attempting to decipher the good from the bad, with a few unexpected twists along the way.
I Can Go Anywhere

I Can Go Anywhere

7th December 2019 - 21st December 2019
I Can Go Anywhere is a big-hearted call to arms; a Mod anthem to solidarity and acceptance in an increasingly hostile world. See it at the Traverse Theatre this December!
Strange Tales

Strange Tales

3rd December 2019 - 23rd December 2019
Filled with intrigue, mysticism, magic, sensuality, and a dash of terror, Strange Tales will draw you into a world full of mischievous fox spirits, yearning ghosts and enchanted swords.
King’s Panto: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

King’s Panto: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

30th November 2019 - 19th January 2020
Roll up, roll up! Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are back in a circus-inspired King's Panto spectacular packed full of the thrills, spills, dazzling stunts and jaw-dropping special effects!
Christmas Market - East Princes Street Gardens

Christmas Market - East Princes Street Gardens

16th November 2019 - 4th January 2020
The Christmas Market will once again return to East Princes St Gardens for a whole host of bespoke and traditional Christmas items!
The Power of Perspective Exhibition

The Power of Perspective Exhibition

22nd December 2019 - 26th January 2020
The Rock Trust, illusion expert Professor Richard Wiseman and MagicFest present a new series of mind-bending photographs this winter. Every photograph can be seen in more than one way.
Christmas Lunch at Edinburgh Castle

Christmas Lunch at Edinburgh Castle

12th December 2019 - 22nd December 2019
Make Christmas 2019 special with a three course lunch in the opulent Queen Anne Room at Edinburgh Castle, and enjoy a dining experience fit for royalty.
ELF: Cinema Nights at Leith Theatre

ELF: Cinema Nights at Leith Theatre

13th December 2019
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!
Giant Lanterns: Lost Worlds

Giant Lanterns: Lost Worlds

15th November 2019 - 26th January 2020
With an extended route for 2019 and over 600 brand-new lanterns, there’s more to explore this year as Giant Lanterns return to Edinburgh Zoo from 15 November to 26 January 2020!
Santa’s Grotto

Santa’s Grotto

16th November 2019 - 24th December 2019
Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to Santa... it’s the perfect way for children to get into the festive spirit.
Carols in the Galleries

Carols in the Galleries

10th December 2019
Raise the rafters of the magnificent RSA Galleries singing much-loved traditional carols with The Edinburgh Singers, arguably the city’s finest mixed-voice classical choir.
Baby Loves Disco’s Christmas Glitter Ball

Baby Loves Disco’s Christmas Glitter Ball

15th December 2019 - 21st December 2019
After five sell-out years at Edinburgh’s Christmas, the legendary Baby Loves Disco returns, this time taking over the Assembly Rooms’ Ballroom.
The Comedy Show: Christmas Special

The Comedy Show: Christmas Special

13th December 2019 - 21st December 2019
Enjoy an extra festive version of The Comedy Show, with 4 of the UK's best comedians, on selected dates in December!
Free Live Music at The Fiddlers Arms

Free Live Music at The Fiddlers Arms

1st November 2019 - 4th January 2020
Come along to The Fiddlers Arms every weekend from 9pm and enjoy free live music with something to suit everyone’s tastes! Entry is always free.
Santa’s Grotto at Carberry Tower

Santa’s Grotto at Carberry Tower

8th December 2019 - 24th December 2019
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to Santa's Grotto! So come and visit him in his enchanting Grotto at Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate this year!
Five Sisters Zoo Illuminations

Five Sisters Zoo Illuminations

15th November 2019 - 23rd December 2019
Five Sisters Zoo will once again illuminate the zoo for another year and there is plenty of new surprises in store with our new enchanted riverside walk, stunning lit up water fountains and much more!
Burns Ceilidh

Burns Ceilidh

23rd January 2020 - 25th January 2020
Come celebrate Scotland's greatest poet in true Scottish style with a Burns Ceilidh at The Three Sisters!
Big Big Christmas Party Nights

Big Big Christmas Party Nights

29th November 2019 - 21st December 2019
Join us at Edinburgh Corn Exchange as our Big Big Christmas Party Nights return for 2019, bigger and better than ever before!
Sorry We Missed You

Sorry We Missed You

29th September 2019
Take One Action Film Festival presents a special preview of Ken Loach's latest film, a devestatingly powerful portrait of contemporary Britain.
The Ice Adventure: A Journey Through Frozen Scotland

The Ice Adventure: A Journey Through Frozen Scotland

17th November 2017 - 24th December 2017
Edinburgh's Christmas - Come along and be astounded by the lifelike ice sculptures in the Ice Adventure.
The Stand Christmas Special

The Stand Christmas Special

9th December 2019 - 14th December 2019
Join The Stand Christmas Special... With Tom Stade, Micky Bartlett, Eddy Brimson, Amy Matthews and host Jay Lafferty.
Laphroaig Choir: Singing Festive Carols With a Difference

Laphroaig Choir: Singing Festive Carols With a Difference

10th December 2019
The UK’s No 1 Islay* Single Malt Whisky, Laphroaig, is taking their choir to Edinburgh this month. The six-strong Scottish choir will be singing classic Christmas carols with a difference.
Christmas Wreath Making Workshops

Christmas Wreath Making Workshops

8th December 2019 - 22nd December 2019
Add a personal touch to your festive decorations by learning how to make a beautiful wreath at Newhailes House and Gardens this Christmas!

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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’!
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 2O19: Scottish Ballet The Snow Queen
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!
24 Doors of Advent
Throughout December Edinburgh opens its doors to showcase the unique buildings in the city in this real-life advent calendar.
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.

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