Edinburgh at Christmas,
Fri 17 Nov 2017 – Sat 6 Jan 2018, Edinburgh City Centre.
Sun 19 Nov, 15.00 – 17.00. Each year, Edinburgh’s Christmas Lights are switched on at the Light Night ceremony on George Street. Performers will sing and dance on stages all along George Street and the giant Christmas Tree on the Mound will be lit as part of the celebrations. The grand finale will be a stunning fireworks display. The night will be hosted by Radio Forth One’s Arlene Stuart. Light Night is free and unticketed and attracts many thousands of visitors each year, so it is advised to get there early.
Fri 17 Nov – Sun 24 Dec. Journey through Scotland’s history on this magical immersive experience filled with amazing ice and snow sculptures. The temperature will be -10°C, so be sure to wrap up warm! Tickets £10 per person, or £30 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. Under 2s go free. Suitable for all ages and wheelchair accessible. Book now.
Fri 17 Nov – Sat 6 Jan. East Princes Street Gardens, George Street and St Andrew Square are transformed into a winter wonderland with ice rinks, colourful fairground attractions and festive markets. Take a spin on the Big Wheel or brave the thrilling Star Flyer for amazing views of the city. Explore the magical European Market with a cup of mulled wine in hand, for unique handmade gifts and delicious hot food and snacks. The kids can visit Santa Land for a whole host of family-friendly rides and activities including the Christmas Tree Maze, Santa Train, Carousel and Reindeer Ride.
Sat 11 Nov – Sun 24 Dec. Santa is a busy man! He has several grottos to get around this Christmas in Edinburgh. Check out our list of Santa’s Grottos and book your slot in advance.
Botanic Lights Christmas
Fri 24 Nov – Sat 30 Dec. A new festive event taking place at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Visitors can explore the illuminated gardens after dark and experience the festive spirit. Attractions include a scented fire garden, choir of the trees, crystal lawn and seasonal food and gifts. Plus, look out for Santa and his elves! Book now.
Each year shoppers can take advantage of the late night Christmas shopping hours and enjoy the festive atmosphere on Princes Street, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world.
Shows and Events
From Christmas Concerts to the annual Festive Pantomime, check out the Event Calendar for the best shows and events on in Edinburgh this December.
With so much to do, Edinburgh is the perfect place to enjoy the build up to Christmas. The full programme of Christmas Festival events for 2017-18 is available now on the website.