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Christmas in Edinburgh 2017

  • 04 December 2017 - 02 January 2018
  • Various locations across Edinburgh

The festive season is finally here, and there's lots happening in the city to celebrate the Christmas season. Read on to find out how you can make the most of Christmas 2017 in Edinburgh... 

Festive Exclusive Evening Tour at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Festive Exclusive Evening Tours Palace Of Holyroodhouse

[Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017. Photographer: David Cheskin]

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
Selected dates in December and January, 18:00-20:00

Treat someone special to an exclusive after-hours tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse followed by a glass of champagne and mince pie. Led by the palace's expert guides, you will visit the State Apartments, which have been beautifully decorated for Christmas and enjoy behind-the-scenes peeks, including a visit to the West Drawing Room, a private sitting room not normally open to the public.

Book your place today on the Palace of Holyroodhouse website

Christmas Cuddly Corgi Treasure Hunt

Britannia Christmas

The Royal Yacht Britannia, Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ
4-31 December

Looking to entertain the kids? Come and spot the Christmas corgis hiding around Britannia. Christmas Clarence the corgi is back and the whole family can join in so keep a look out and, at the end of your tour, receive a badge and enter the Royal Yacht Britannia's prize draw.

Also keep an eye out for Britannia's stunning 7 foot Christmas tree, kindly gifted to the Royal Yacht by Her Majesty The Queen’s private estate, Balmoral. 

Find out more about Britannia's festive goings-on on their website

Christmas Festival Day

Christmas Festival Day Palace Of Holyroodhouse

[Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017. Photograph: Mark Owens]

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
Sunday 10 December, 11:00–15:30

Get into the Christmas spirit with a day of family fun set against the backdrop of the beautifully decorated Palace of Holyroodhouse. Festive activities include a children’s ceilidh, storytelling, face painting, a hunt for missing Christmas presents, family friendly short talks and drop-in craft activities.

Find out more about this special day on the Palace of Holyroodhouse website

Carols around the Christmas Tree

Carols Around The Christmas Tree Palace Of Holyroodhouse

[Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017. Photographer: David Cheskin]

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX 
Monday, 11 and Tuesday, 12 December 19:00–20:30

The Scottish Vocal Ensemble will provide an evening of Christmas carols and seasonal music in the splendour of the Great Gallery. Complete the night with a walk through the decorated State Apartments and enjoy a glass of wine, a mince pie, and Christmas shopping with a 20% discount in the Palace shop.

Find out more about this and other Palace of Holyroodhouse events on their website

A Dickensian Christmas 

A Dickensian Christmas

The Writers' Museum, Lady Stair's Close, Edinburgh EH1 2PA
Saturday 16 December, 14:00-16:00

Join your hosts, pull up a fluffy cushion and sit back in the afternoon glow to hear classic Victorian tales of terror and ghoulishness for the festive season at The Writers' Museum. Be a tiny bit scared as a collective of performers recount their favourite ghoulish tales for the thrill of children from 8 to 80. A magical and spectacular afternoon for all the family at Christmas! 

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The Elves of Christmas

Christmas Elves

Museum of Edinburgh, 142-146 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DD
Saturday 16 December, 13:00-14:00

You may not have spied them, but at this time of year the closes and wynds of the Old Town are full of wee Christmas elves! Come and hear stories of Edinburgh elves and other Christmas delights at the Museum of Edinburgh.

Expect cosy stories with props and puppets and lots of joining in. With Ailie Finlay from Flotsam and Jetsam Puppets and Stories.

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Scotland's Yuletide Past at The Real Mary King's Close

Real Mary Kings Close Xmas

The Real Mary King's Close 2 Warriston's Close, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PG
18-22 December, 17:15

Step beneath the historic Royal Mile and uncover a darker side to the holiday season, with the return of Scotland’s Yuletide Past at The Real Mary King’s Close. Join a Victorian tour guide and travel back in time, take a walk through the narrow closes and explore the traditions of years gone by.

From the myths of festive faeries and spirits, to how Christmas celebrations evolved into the cherished traditions of today, this tour offers a unique insight into how Scots celebrated the festive time of year. The perfect pre-Christmas activity to escape the hustle and bustle, this unique tour also includes a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate.

Book your tickets now at realmarykingsclose.com

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