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Christmas in Edinburgh 2019

  • 01 December 2019 - 22 December 2019
  • 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 2019 in Edinburgh... 

Edinburgh Santa Run 2019

West Princes Street Gardens, Princes Street, EH2 2HG
Sunday 1 December 

On your marks, get set, Ho Ho Ho!
Once again, Edinburgh’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.

Come along and enjoy time with family, friends and work colleagues and help continue granting the very special Wishes for children who are living with a life threatening illness throughout Scotland.

Registration opens from 09.30
Festive Warm up: 09.30-10.45
Fun Run & Walk starts: 11:00

More information >  

Edinburgh Christmas Charity Festival

Inverleith Park, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NY
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December

The 2019 Edinburgh Christmas Charity Festival begins with the Christmas Santa Parade through the heart of Stockbridge. Pipe Bands will play while real Reindeer pull Santa on his sleigh with an escort of Elves and Santa’s little helpers. 

There is something for everyone with 30 charity stalls to browse for the perfect gifts, the opportunity to see reindeer up close and meet Santa in his grotto (pre-booking recommended!) and live music with performances from choirs and bands.

More information > 

Christmas Lunch at Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, EH1 2NG
Selected dates from Thursday 12 December 2019 to Sunday 22 December

This year celebrate the festive season in Edinburgh's most iconic setting.

Enjoy a three course lunch in the opulent Queen Anne Room at Edinburgh Castle, a dining experience fit for royalty. 

Discounts available for Historic Scotland Members.

Book your tickets on the Historic Environment Scotland website >

Festive Exclusive Evening Tour at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

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.
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. 

Your ticket also includes a glass of champagne, a copy of the official guidebook and 20% discount in the shop.

Book your place today on the Palace of Holyroodhouse website >

It’s a Wonderful Life!

Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, EH1 1SR
Sunday 15 December – Saturday 21 December

Based on Frank Capra's iconic film, come and watch the Floating Brick Theatre embark on staging a new adaptation of the festive classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Experience the 1946 classic on stage with a modern day twist reflecting society today.

This year Floating Brick Theatre are donating 10% of profits to Four Square. Tickets will include a mince pie voucher for Mimi's Bakehouse.

Book your tickets at The Scottish Storytelling Centre website > 


Now That’s What I Call Christmas

Usher Hall, Lothian Road, EH1 2EA
Saturday 21 December 

All the Christmas favourites wrapped up in one great show – LIVE ON STAGE! 
Get ready to celebrate with a feast of popular seasonal hits.  Sing along to iconic Christmas classics performed by a live band conducted by Robert Emery with guest singer Kerry Ellis and the Capital Voices choir. 

Book your tickets at The Usher Hall website > 



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