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Popular events in Edinburgh

You'll find the most popular Edinburgh events on the website right now, right here!

Christmas at the Botanics 2019
Christmas at the Botanics 2019
22nd Nov 2019 - 29th Dec 2019
Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas in this magical after dark experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens!
Castle of Light
Castle of Light
14th Nov 2019 - 22nd Dec 2019
Expect wonder, enchantment and a spectacle of colour this festive season as Edinburgh Castle, the defender of the nation, becomes the ‘Castle of Light’!
24 Doors of Advent
24 Doors of Advent
1st Dec 2019 - 24th Dec 2019
Throughout December Edinburgh opens its doors to showcase the unique buildings in the city in this real-life advent calendar.

Featured events in Edinburgh

There are thousands of events in Edinburgh every month, here we've hand-picked a few you should definitely pay attention to!

The Sweet
The Sweet
14th December 2019
The Queens Hall Edinburgh, Edinburgh South
Following their sold-out European Tour, legendary 70’s rock band Sweet embark upon the perfect Christmas gift for their UK fans, a nationwide tour stopping off at the Queen's Hall on 14th December!
Disposable: 10 Year Anniversary Charity Show
Disposable: 10 Year Anniversary Charity Show
14th December 2019
Opium, Edinburgh Old Town
Disposable are celebrating 10 years of live shows and you're invited to join them at Opium in Edinburgh on 14th December for the party, with ALL proceeds going to Bowel Cancer UK!
Flamenco Noche
Flamenco Noche
14th December 2019
Alba Flamenca, Edinburgh Old Town
Enjoy some authentic flamenco passion in Alba Flamenca's ever popular show on Saturday 14th December!

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From theatre shows to gigs, snap up tickets to the most popular events in town, here's a small selection of what's trending this week!

Disney’s The Lion King
Disney’s The Lion King
5th Dec 2019 - 29th Mar 2020
Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh New Town
The story of THE LION KING is miraculously brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of young Simba's epic adventures.
Christmas 2O19: Scottish Ballet The Snow Queen
Christmas 2O19: Scottish Ballet The Snow Queen
7th Dec 2019 - 29th Dec 2019
Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Edinburgh South
Scottish Ballet’s 50th year will come to a spectacular close with the world premiere of The Snow Queen this Christmas at the Festival Theatre!
Christmas at the Botanics 2019
Christmas at the Botanics 2019
22nd Nov 2019 - 29th Dec 2019
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Stockbridge and Canonmills
Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas in this magical after dark experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens!

Festivals in Edinburgh

From music to film, comedy to books, family to the arts there's a wide range of cultural festivals being held throughout the year in Edinburgh!

Edinburghs Christmas
Edinburghs Christmas
16th Nov 2019 - 4th Jan 2020
A spectacular, six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the city!
Edinburgh International Magic Festival
Edinburgh International Magic Festival
27th Dec 2019 - 5th Jan 2020
Edinburgh International Magic Festival is an annual arts festival and is the UK’s largest magic event.
Edinburghs Hogmanay
Edinburghs Hogmanay
30th Dec 2019 - 1st Jan 2020
Three DAYS of spectacular events, incredible bands and amazing crowds from every corner of the globe.
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Upcoming Theatre Events in Edinburgh

Whether you prefer comedy or musicals, ballet or opera, our Edinburgh theatre listings will have something to suit everyone!

Flamenco Noche
Flamenco Noche
14th December 2019
Alba Flamenca, Edinburgh Old Town
Enjoy some authentic flamenco passion in Alba Flamenca's ever popular show on Saturday 14th December!
Festive Frolics Dinner and Cabaret Show
Festive Frolics Dinner and Cabaret Show
14th December 2019
The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh New Town
Add an extra sparkle to your Christmas with the Festive Frolics Dinner and Cabaret Show on Saturday 14th December at The Voodoo Rooms!
The Sprite In The Dolls House
The Sprite In The Dolls House
14th Dec 2019 - 15th Dec 2019
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh East
In exclusive performances just for Christmas, Some Kind of Theatre present their original take on Vita Sackville-West’s A Note Of Explanation, an eco-fable suitable for ages 7+ and their families.
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Upcoming Family & Kids Events in Edinburgh

Don't be stuck for things to do with the kids in Edinburgh! We have something for everyone and every pocket...

Letters to Santa with his Elves
Letters to Santa with his Elves
14th December 2019
The Golf Tavern, Edinburgh South
Visit the Golf Tavern on December 14th and meet our two special Elves that are flying all the way from the North Pole on Santa’s sleigh to meet you and help write all of your letters to Santa!
Santa’s Grotto and Christmas Fair
Santa’s Grotto and Christmas Fair
14th December 2019
Portobello Community Centre, Portobello
Upcoming Craft Fairs are holding their annual Santa’s Grotto and Christmas Market to raise funds for SiMBA (Simpson’s Memorial Box Appeal) on 14th December at Porty Wash House.
Christmas at Greyfriars
Christmas at Greyfriars
14th December 2019
Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Old Town
The Edinburgh Singers return to the historic Greyfriars Kirk on 14th December to present a celebration of festive music, includung works by John Rutter and and choir favourite, Ēriks Ešenvalds.
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Upcoming Music Events in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is renowned for it's live music scene, with a variety of venues catering for small intimate gigs to huge arenas hosting the biggest names!

Dirty Harry with Special Guests - Straighten Out
Dirty Harry with Special Guests - Straighten Out
14th December 2019
La Belle Angele, Edinburgh Old Town
Catch Dirty Harry, the ultimate tribute to Blondie, at this Christmas on 14th December with specail guests 'Straighten Out' top Stranglers Tribute!
Decade - The Party before Christmas
Decade - The Party before Christmas
14th December 2019
La Belle Angele, Edinburgh Old Town
Decade - The Party before Christmas is at La Belle Angele on 14th December. We're doing it again but Better!
The Sweet
The Sweet
14th December 2019
The Queens Hall Edinburgh, Edinburgh South
Following their sold-out European Tour, legendary 70’s rock band Sweet embark upon the perfect Christmas gift for their UK fans, a nationwide tour stopping off at the Queen's Hall on 14th December!
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New Events in Edinburgh

You'll find all the latest Edinburgh events that have been added to the website right here!

Edinburgh Ceilidhs
Edinburgh Ceilidhs
30th May 2020
Columcille Centre, Edinburgh South
Edinburgh Ceilidhs invite you to their Ceilidh on 30th May in the Columcille Centre, with caller Ken Gourlay, ST ceilidh band and piper.
White Christmas - The Musical
White Christmas - The Musical
15th Dec 2020 - 3rd Jan 2021
Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh New Town
Make it a magical family Christmas in 2020 as the spectacular brand-new production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas lights up Edinburgh Playhouse!
Isoscelees presents Slice Nights!
Isoscelees presents Slice Nights!
14th December 2019
Sketchy Beats Cafe, Leith
Groove the night away with a specially curated line up as Isoscelees presents Slice Nights at Sketchy Beats Cafe on 14th December!
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Latest Edinburgh News

Macdonald Resorts to help spread Christmas cheer with Emergency Service Discount
Macdonald Resorts to help spread Christmas cheer with Emergency Service Discount
To thank Emergency Service workers and help them relax after the festive season, Macdonald Resorts is offering an exclusive discount to be enjoyed after the big day.
Eat, Rock and Be Merry at Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow and Edinburgh this Christmas
Eat, Rock and Be Merry at Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow and Edinburgh this Christmas
Hard Rock Cafe® Glasgow and Edinburgh Serve Up Limited-Time, Multi-Course Menu Offerings and Breakfast with Santa for the Holidays.

Activities in Edinburgh

Step away from the TV remote, choose one or more from our activities selection, and get out of the house to discover new skills, sports and more!

Bright Irish Dance Edinburgh and Lothians
Bright Irish Dance Edinburgh and Lothians
Beginner Irish Dance LessonsOur beginner Irish dance lessons for all ages and abilities...
Geek Retreat Edinburgh
Geek Retreat Edinburgh
We’re a geek culture venue specialising in comics, trading card games, board games,...
JC Fitness
JC Fitness
At JC Fitness, we have the amazing privilege of working with a wide variety of people...
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Attractions in Edinburgh

Edinburgh and the surrounding areas have a great mix of sightseeing attractions. If you are looking for a fun family day out or a trip with friends, then look no further!

Can You Catch the Killer
Can You Catch the Killer
Can You Catch the Killer Murder Mystery eventsScotland's largest and most prolific murder...
Natami
Natami
natami is Natalia's art gallery that opened in 2019. The gallery is at the centre of...
Birch Tree Gallery
Birch Tree Gallery
A venue for fine-crafts, prints and works on paper opened its doors in March 2017. The...
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Eating & Drinking in Edinburgh

Eating out in Edinburgh is a joy, with a range of restaurants and cafes on offer and there's a wide selection of places to enjoy a quiet pint or a cheeky cocktail.

Harvey Nichols, Forth Floor Brasserie
Harvey Nichols, Forth Floor Brasserie
The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie offer the best in contemporary eating and...
Sip Antics Micro Distillery and Gin School
Sip Antics Micro Distillery and Gin School
Here at Sip Antics we are inspired by and have a passion of all things drinks related...
Scotts Kitchen
Scotts Kitchen
Welcome to Scotts Kitchen, Edinburgh’s top spot for breakfast, lunch, drinks and events...
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Shopping in Edinburgh

If you've got a hankering for some retail therapy, Edinburgh with its diverse range of unique and independent shops is the place to be!

Christopher Howard
Christopher Howard
Established in 1990, we have been designing and hand crafting bespoke kitchens and interiors...
The Mart
The Mart
The (Old Auction) Mart was once the centre of East Linton - a bustling agricultural destination...
Hamilton & Inches
Hamilton & Inches
Hamilton & Inches is Scotland’s luxury jewellery house, with distinctive workshops...
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Popular Events

Christmas at the Botanics 2019
Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas in this magical after dark experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens!
Castle of Light
Expect wonder, enchantment and a spectacle of colour this festive season as Edinburgh Castle, the defender of the nation, becomes the ‘Castle of Light’!
24 Doors of Advent
Throughout December Edinburgh opens its doors to showcase the unique buildings in the city in this real-life advent calendar.
Aladdin
Edinburgh People's Theatre present their 67th consecutive pantomime, bringing Aladdin by Ben Crocker to Church Hill Theatre in December.
Disney’s The Lion King
The story of THE LION KING is miraculously brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of young Simba's epic adventures.

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