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Edinburgh Christmas

Are you feeling festive yet? Edinburgh's world-famous Christmas celebrations will return to the city for 2018. From 16 November until 5 January one of the UK's most popular festive celebrations will come to life in Edinburgh city centre, with the biggest, brightest and best programme of events and entertainment to date. Read on to find out what to expect for Edinburgh's Christmas 2018.

East Princes Street Gardens Christmas Market

Christmas Market 2018

10am - 10pm
(1pm - 10pm on 17 November, 10am - 8pm on 24 December, Closed on 25 December, 12midday - 10pm on 26 December and 1 January)

A Christmas staple and voted best Christmas Market in the UK last year, East Princes Street Gardens Market hosts a variety of food and drink stalls to warm up bellies and hearts alike. This Christmas Market will offer visitors a wide range of local and homemade gifts as well as mouth-watering delicacies, all topped with a generous helping of Christmas spirit.

Make sure you stop by the cosy Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar on the Mound, which will offer a range of festive drinks for visitors to warm up those cold winter nights.

Christmas Rides

Rides 2018

Star Flyer and Big Wheel: 10am - 10pm
Other ride opening times may vary

The Christmas Market will also feature a variety of rides and attactions for all the family to enjoy, including the Forth 1 Big Wheel and the ever-popular Star Flyer. Standing at nearly 60 metres tall, the Star Flyer will offer a different view of the city full of Christmas cheer.

Don't forget that EH postcode residents will once again enjoy a 20% discount on selected rides and attractions.

Santa Land

Santa Land 2018

10am - 10pm
(1pm - 10pm 16 November, 10am - 8pm on 24 December, Closed on 25 December, 12midday - 10pm on 26 December and 1 January)

The St Andrew Square Ice Rink is the magical frozen heart of Edinburgh's Christmas. The festive season in Edinburgh just isn't complete without a spin around the UK's only elliptical outdoor ice rink, followed by a warming cup of hot chocolate or hot cider in the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge.

Santa's Grotto

Santas Grotto 2018

10.30am - 8pm, 17th November - 24th December

Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to Santa! This year, Castle Street becomes the new home to Santa's Grotto during Santa's winter residence in Scotland. The street will also host traditional children's rides as well as food and drinks stalls offering tasty treats. 

Winter Windows

Winter Windows 2018

Winter Windows is back! This special creative project encourages Edinburgh's young and budding artists to showcase their talents to residents and visitors outside of the classroom and in our streets and community hubs. 

In 2018, Winter Windows will be displayed in West Parliament Square outside St Giles' Cathedral and continue in four other locations in Edinburgh: 

- Great Michael Rise, Newhaven
- North Street, Ratho
- Royston Wardieburn Community Centre, Pilton
- St Patrick Square, Newington

This year's Winter Windows is working with the support of St Giles' Cathedral and the City of Edinburgh Council department of Arts and Creative Learning, and each starined-glass window is designed around the theme of kindness. 

Christmas on Stage

Christmas On Stage 2018

Theatres across Edinburgh have teamed together to bring the  ultimate programme of festive entertainment this Christmas. The famous Spiegeltent returns to Festival Square, playing host to La Clique Noel Part Deux and a brand new interactive musical show You Choose, offering fun for all ages. 

You'll also find Mouthpiece, McGonagall's Chronicles and The Gospel at the Traverse Theatre, Peter Pan at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Doris Day Show at the Gilded Balloon, The Mother at The Pleasance and Kinky Boots at the Playhouse.

Edinburghs Christmas 2018 Map

Edinburgh's Christmas is hosting a fabulous programme of festive fun for 2018. Also keep an eye out for the Nativity Carol Concert, Light Night, 24 Doors of Advent and Silent Light, brand new for 2018. 

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