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Things to Do with Kids in Edinburgh at Christmas Time

23 December 2014

Edinburgh is a magical place to be with kids during the festive season as the city is filled with sparkling lights and family fun. Make the most of the Christmas holidays by spending some great quality time with your loved ones. Start planning now by taking a look at our picks of things to do with the kids in Edinburgh at Christmas time.

Edinburgh’s Christmas Santa Land

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No day out with the kids in Edinburgh at Christmas would be complete without a trip to Santa Land. Situated in the lower half of East Princes Street Gardens, your little ones will be amazed by the dazzling decorations and colourful rides. There’s so much to see and do, including the magical Christmas Tree Maze, the Santa Train and Children’s Market.

Game Masters at the National Museum of Scotland

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Take a trip down memory lane and show the kids how you played computer games with Game Masters at the National Museum of Scotland. This fantastic exhibition features more than 100 playable games, including arcade classics from the 70s and 80s right the way through to contemporary favourites like Angry Birds. It’s a fantastic insight into the world of gaming and gives great behind the scenes details into what goes into making some of our favourite video games.

Aladdin at King’s Theatre

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The King’s Theatre’s Aladdin is a good old family panto, complete with a dastardly villain and larger than life panto dame. Prepare yourself for plenty of slapstick comedy, flashy song and dance routines and a whole lot of family fun. Even after Christmas is over this show won’t fail to fill you with festive joy.

Come to the Gallery with Katie at the Scottish National Gallery

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Rediscover the charm of James Mayhew’s Katie Books with this wonderful exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery. Celebrating 25 years since the publication of the first Katie Book in 1989, the exhibition features many of Mayhew’s lovely illustrations of Katie’s adventures in some of the world’s most famous art galleries. Even if your children haven’t read the Katie Books yet this is a brilliant introduction to her tales and also the world of art.  

Frozen Sing-Along at Filmhouse

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It’s hard to imagine anyone who’s not been bitten by the ‘Frozen’ bug. It’s been a world-wide success and an instant classic with children of all ages. Frozen Sing-Alongs have become sell out events and we’re sure this series of screenings at the Filmhouse will be just as popular! Book your tickets quick and don’t miss out or your kids will never be able to “Let It Go”...