Christmas events for all the family

01 December 2020

Events for all the Family this Christmas

Christmas Family Events

While a lot of the traditional family favourites are postponed this year, there’s still a wide variety of activities available to keep all the family happy, even the big kids!

So, for when the board games have all played been, the selection boxes have all been eaten and you need an excuse to wear those new shoes/hat/scarf, why not try some of these suggestions – who knows, you might just find your new family tradition!


Car Park Panto: Horrible Histories

31 December 2020 at Edinburgh Airport

Just when you thought panto would be a dim memory this year – oh no it isn’t! Horrible Histories are bringing a drive-in pantomime to Edinburgh Airport. Enjoy this new take on the festive tradition all from the safety and comfort of your own car.

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Christmas at the Botanics

2 December 2020 - 3 January 2021 at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

 Christmas At Botanics

Surround yourself with sparkle as the after-dark trail lights up for 2020. Now it’s in fourth year, this family-friendly event is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.

With giant baubles, snowflakes where you least expect them, clusters of trees wrapped in ever-changing ribbons of colour and the tunnel of light, all enhanced by a soundtrack of festive classics, you’ll feel like you're “walking in a winter wonderland”!

For Christmas at the Botancs tickets and further details >


Santa at Ocean Terminal

Santa In Oean Terminal

3 - 24 December 2020.

Santa brings the magic of Christmas to Ocean Terminal.

While Christmas 2020 will be a little different, the elves at Ocean Terminal aren’t letting coronavirus ruin the Christmas spirt. Santa and his helpers will now return to the centre on 3 December and will stay there every day through to Christmas Eve (excluding 7 – 9 December), celebrating the festivities in a safe and socially distant way.  

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Edinburgh Zoo's Christmas Nights

20 November 2020 - Sunday 3 January 2021 at the Edinburgh Zoo.

 Santa Image At Edinburgh Zoo Christmas Nights

Get into the festive spirit with a magical journey to the North Pole.

A spectacular light trail around the zoo will take you on an incredible voyage, passing through Penguins Rock by moonlight and exploring an enchanted ice forest on your way to visit Santa’s workshop.

For Edinburgh Zoo's Christmas Nights tickets and further details> 


Christmas Festival Day

19 December 2020 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Visit Palace of Holyroodhouse for a packed day of family activities and fun. 

Follow the Christmas Family Trail, find out about Royal Christmas traditions, then make your own Christmas decoration to take home.

For Christmas Festival Day tickets and further details>


Santa at Home

Santa At Home

23 November – 24 December 2020.  Online event

Meet Santa in a personalised and private Zoom session live from the North Pole!

Santa can meet up to 6 children in one session and an unlimited number of grown-ups can also join from anywhere in the world. Sessions last up to 12 minutes and the elves will even send you a free recording of your session to keep forever!

EH postcode holders receive 20% discount.

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Gingerbread House Decorating at The Cauldron Edinburgh

14 Nov to 20 Dec 2020.

Join The Cauldron Edinburgh for a Gingerbread House Decorating activity, accompanied by a warm mug of Unicorn Hot Chocolate, topped with homemade rainbow whipped cream.

Tickets include: Pre-assembled house with an ice cream cone tree; white Royal Icing; an assortment of colourful candy for decorating and a mug of Unicorn Hot Chocolate (non-alcoholic). 

For Gingerbread House Decorating further details>


MagicFest 2020

16 to 20 December 2020. Online Event.

Magic Festival Performance With Girl Watching

Returning for an 11th year, Edinburgh International Magic Festival presents an online programme of magic! The programme is balanced to reflect the best and most exciting magic from around the world alongside the very best in home grown talent, aiming to amaze, inspire, provoke and entertain.

Gary James’ Magic School returns alongside other Edinburgh favourites Magic Gareth and Tricky Ricky, who’ll be performing family shows.

For MagicFest tickets and further details>

Image credit -Pavel Tamm @ Fotkaplus Photography


Tour of Chocolate Festive Edition

24th November – 31st December 2020 at The Chocolatarium.

Tour Of Chocolate Festive Girl

This year, enjoy chocolatey festive cheer with your loved ones!

Make your own Christmas chocolate bar for gifting or eating! Taste hot chocolate infused with festive flavours, smell the roasting chocolate beans and tuck in to some winterspice and Christmas pudding-flavour chocolate!

Visit with confidence with a layout designed to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for socially distanced ‘bubbles’. Maximum 2 households and 6 people per booking. Maximum 10 visitors in the building. Minimum age of 6 years.

For Tour of Chocolae Festive Edition tickets and further details>


Edinburgh International Book Festival Presents A Winter Warmer Event

Saturday 12 December 2020.

Edinburgh International Book Festival bring an online Winter Warmer event as part of their ongoing Citizen project on Saturday 12 December.

Offering events and creative activities for all the family ranging from theatrical storytelling and performance poetry to a reading from her new children’s book Where Snow Angels Go by the 2020 Women’s Fiction Prize Winner Maggie O’Farrell. 

All events in the Citizen Winter Warmer are free to view through the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s YouTube channel or via Facebook (@edbookfest).

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