7 Fabulous Christmas Events in Edinburgh this November
The Christmas Markets are almost ready to open their gates, The Dome‘s renowned Christmas decorations are up, and all we need is Jenner’s famous Christmas Tree, then Christmas will have truly descended on Edinburgh. If you’re ready to get into the festive spirit, there are various fabulous Christmas events happening in Edinburgh this November, and we have hand-picked a few highlights to ensure that you don’t miss out. So get ready to don your Fair Isle jumper and enjoy a glass of mulled wine, because the Christmas countdown is on!
1. La Clique Noel – Part Deux
- When: 16th of November – 5th of January
- Where: Festival Square Spiegeltent
- Website: www.edinburghschristmas.com/lacliquenoel
La Clique Noël returns home to Edinburgh for Christmas with a new seasonal spectacular, La Clique Noël – Part Deux. Born at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004, the multi-award winning La Clique (Olivier Award Winner 2009) has since toured the globe to international acclaim. After wowing audiences in Edinburgh last Christmas, the show returns with an all new stellar cast for La Clique Noël – Part Deux.
2. Edinburgh Christmas Markets
- When: 17th of November – 6th of January
- Where: East Princes Street Gardens, George Street, Castle Street & St Andrew Square
- Website: www.edinburghschristmas.com/markets
Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets have become an iconic and eagerly anticipated affair. Over the years, the Christmas Markets have expanded to include; the Big Wheel, the 60-metre-high Star Flyer, an ice rink, the Christmas Tree Maze, Santa’s Grotto, plus, where it all began, the Market itself!
3. Santa’s Grotto
- When: 17th of November – 24th of December
- Where: Castle Street
- Website: www.edinburghschristmas.com/whats-on/santas-grotto
Santa will be visiting Edinburgh, so bring your little ones to hear a festive fairytale, sit on Father Christmas’s knee, meet his helpers, and receive a wee gift. Tickets start at £8.50, and be sure to book your time slot!
4. Light Night
- When: 18th of November at 3pm
- Where: Edinburgh City Centre
- Website: www.edinburghschristmas.com/light-night
A fabulous way to get into the festive spirit is by joining the masses to enjoy fireworks, twinkly lights, and live music. You can also look forward to the Christmas Tree on the Mound, a gift to the City of Edinburgh Council from Hordaland County Council in Norway, being lit as part of the Light Night switch-on. The best bit is, it’s free!
5. Silent Light
- When: 19th of November – 1st of January
- Where: George Street
- Website: www.edinburghschristmas.com/whats-on/silent-light
In a world first, Silent Light brings together the spectacular Street of Light from Edinburgh’s Christmas 2015 and 2016 and silent disco headphones to give you the ultimate street party: singing and dancing under a spectacular array of 60,000 lights synchronised to music heard only through the headphones. There are up to five Silent Light shows a day, each 20 minutes long. Get your Christmas groove on and choose from three tracks, one for each show: Santa’s Sparkles, especially suitable for families, Christmas Crackers with all your favourite festive tunes and Disco Delights for the party crowd.
6. Christmas Foodies Festival
- When: 23rd-25th of November
- Where: EICC
- Website: www.foodiesfestival.com/edinburgh-christmas/
Grab a friend and head along to the Christmas Foodies Festival to enjoy lots of delicious delights. You can look forward to take-home recipes and top tips from MasterChef winners, plus Great British Menu stars and top Scottish chefs will be cooking up their festive favourites, and last, but certainly not least, top patisserie chefs will be baking up show-stopping cakes and treats! Tickets start at £10.
7. Christmas at the Botanics
- When: 23rd of November – 29th of December
- Where: Royal Botanic Gardens
- Website: www.rbge.org.uk/whats-on/christmas
This is a magical event you will not want to miss! There’s something for everyone at this festive event and fun for all the family. The winter trail is a place where fairytale meets fantasy. Glowing larger-than-life incandescent flowers rise high into the night sky leading you on a path towards illuminated tree sculptures with delicate beads of light clinging to each branch. There are hidden surprises too – watch out for shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and baubles, marching reindeer and gingerbread men where you least expect to see them. Advance tickets start at £14 (£8 for children).
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