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Six things to do over 'Twixmas' in Edinburgh

09 December 2016

Twixmas – it’s that grey period after Christmas, when the Turkey has been eaten, the presents have been opened, and there’s still nearly a week to go until the New Year festivities. However, do not fear! From whisky tasting to discovering our ancient primates, Edinburgh offers a plethora of options to brighten up your Twixmas this year. 

Our friends over at the Scotch Whisky Experience tell us more about some of the best things to do in Edinburgh this festive season!

Distiller’s Fair at The Scotch Whisky Experience

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What better way to continue the festivities than with a few drams? The Distiller’s Fair at The Scotch Whisky Experience offers you the chance to taste some of Scotland’s finest whiskies while finding out all about the nation’s favourite drink from the people who make it. After taking a ride on the attraction’s silver tour, you are invited to the beautiful Castlehill suite where you will be given four tokens to exchange with distillers of your choice. This special event takes place over two days and is a must for whisky fans.

The Distiller’s Fair will be held on 29 & 30 December from 10am to 6pm. Tickets start at £14.50. For more information visit The Scotch Whisky Experience website>  

Penguin Day at Dynamic Earth

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If the city isn’t cold enough over Twixmas, why not explore the frozen world of Antarctica? From 27-30 December, Dynamic Earth will be hosting Penguin Day - a fun and educational day for all the family. After chilling out in the frozen galleries, make some new fluffy friends and find out how penguins are specially adapted to survive in these extreme environments. Other drop-in activities on the day include making your own penguin creation to take home. 

Penguin Day activities are included in a ticket to Dynamic Earth. Activities will run between 10am & 4pm daily. For more information visit Dynamic Earth's website> 

Jack and the Beanstalk at King’s Theatre

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It wouldn’t be Twixmas without a pantomime, and this year the King’s Theatre will be revisiting an old classic. Join panto legends Alan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott as they take to the stage for an unmissable performance of Jack and the Beanstalk. Expect laughs, music, special effects and an evil giant – all the ingredients needed for a great panto.

Tickets start at £16 with a range of discounts and concessions available. For more information and bookings visit the King's Theatre Edinburgh's website>  

Five Guys Named Moe at Festival Square Theatre

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If panto’s not your thing, then Edinburgh’s Christmas presents Five Guys Named Moe at Festival Square Theatre. This major new production of the West End musical is sure to blow out the Christmas cobwebs with toe-tapping hits from the jazz legend Louis Jordan. The musical tells the story of Nomax, a down trodden soul who finds solace in the band, Five Guys Named Moe (Big Moe, Four Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, Know Moe and Little Moe).

Tickets start at £15.50 which includes a free programme. For more information and bookings visit Edinburghs Christmas website> 

Monkey Business at National Museum of Scotland

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Take a trip to the jungle at the National Museum of Scotland and get up close and personal with some of our closest living relatives. The National Museum of Scotland is hosting Monkey Business, an exhibition exploring the human family tree and how they have adapted to move around and survive in their surroundings, developing different diets and using tools to help them find food. The exhibition features more than 60 taxidermy specimens, photography, film and hands on activities for all ages.

Tickets start from £10 for adults and £7 for children, family tickets are also available. For more information visit the National Museum of Scotland's website>

We have 10 reasons why you should come to Edinburgh this festive season. Find out more on our blog here>