With Christmas just around the corner, Edinburgh is hosting a range of activities to kick off the festive season!
Festivals and Events
- Edinburgh's Christmas
17th November - 7th January
From markets to rides and attractions, Edinburgh's Christmas has enough going on to fill a whole day with fun and festive cheer. Head down to Princes Street Gardens to join in with all the Christmas celebrations.
- Edinburgh International Magic Festival, Christmas Special
27th - 30th December
The second annual MagicFest Christmas show will take place at the Traverse Theatre in the centre of Edinburgh between Christmas and New Year. Unwrap your ‘Secret Gift’ and enjoy Edinburgh’s most magical show this Christmas. Featuring stars of magic from around the UK and special guests from Spain.
- Edinburgh's Hogmanay
30th December - 1st January
One of the biggest new year street parties in the world. Join big name music acts, stalls, food and of course a spectacular firework show and see your new year in, in style.
Music, Theatre and Comedy
November through to January
Cry, laugh, cheer and boo to this Christmas panto classic to be enjoyed by all ages.
- Shrek the Musical
December through to January
Based on the story and characters from the Oscar winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy
- Love Actually with a Live Orchestra
It is one of the world’s best-loved modern Christmas films, having become synonymous with the season for many, and now Love Actually will be screened live across the UK as part of a huge concert tour, featuring a full orchestra performing the enchanting score.
Markets and Fairs
- Edinburgh's Christmas Vintage Fair
Winner of ‘Best Vintage Fair’ for three years running, Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair is coming to Edinburgh for a CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!
- Morningside Makers Market
Celebrate all things local this Christmas with artists, crafters, makers and designers from all over Scotland.
Sport & Events
- Santa Run
Once more, Scotland’s fundraising Santa’s will run, walk and stroll around West Princes Street Gardens, raising money to grant the Wishes of children for When You Wish Upon a Star.