It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas …….

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Yay !! The nights have got darker, Jack Frost has made a few appearances, the night is full of twinkling nights and there is a hint of magic around the corner…..

It’s one of my favourite times of the year – Edinburgh lends itself perfectly to the magic of winter and the anticipation of the Christmas season is almost unbearable, not just for children !! Luckily, this weekend marks the beginning of all things that glitter – Edinburgh’s’ Christmas is about to open with the wonderful celebration of Light Night

Light Night is on this Sunday, the 17th November starting at 3.30pm – it takes place along the Royal Mile.

This free event will feature performances before Santa’s visit by Edinburgh’s Little Voices Big Stars, Rock Choir Live, the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh’s Community Choir, Intercultural Youth Scotland and  Ama-zing Harmonies.

The finale of the afternoon will be a pyrotechnics display marking the official switch on of Edinburgh’s Christmas lights with Santa’s “flying” visit.

Other free events to look out for over the Christmas period are listed here – our picks are :

24 Doors of Advent – Explore some of Edinburgh’s hidden gems through the doors of our real-life Advent Calendar. Each day throughout Advent, a unique Edinburgh location will open its doors to the public.  Don’t miss your chance to discover locations like Mansfield Traquair, Custom House, BT Murrayfield or the Anatomical Museum.


Community Christmas – This Christmas join your neighbours and come together for a special local festive celebration!  Edinburgh’s Christmas magic will be heading to twelve locations over twelve nights around Edinburgh, bringing a building to life in each locality for one night only with winter projections accompanied by local choirs performing some of their best-loved festive tunes for their local community.

Night Walk For Edinburgh -The image of the street comes up on the screen you are holding. It appears that it has been shot in the exact location that you are standing in, almost as if it is in real time. The sounds from the headphones are startlingly three-dimensional, further merging the two worlds in front of you. A female voice close behind you says: ‘so here I am in Edinburgh… As you listen, she begins to tell you where you are – – and what you should do – now let’s turn around… and go up the stairs.

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s Night Walk for Edinburgh, one of the biggest hits of the Edinburgh international Festival 2019, takes you for a walk through Edinburgh’s Old Town, with an artist’s voice in your ears and magical scenes on a screen in your hand. Pick up a screen and a pair of headphones from Bookmarket, the Fruitmarket’s pop up shop and event space in Waverley Mall, and set off for an hour’s adventure.


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

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Well….that’s just my humble opinion at least. Whilst I do LOVE the fringe and festival in August and all the food, smells, sights, circus and fun around every corner – there is something so exciting about this season, with the dark cosy nights, the twinkling lights and the hint of magic in the air…

This weekend is light night and the official start to Edinburgh’s Christmas which is once again bursting at the seams with a host of fun activities and events this year. Light night is Sunday 18th November from 3pm and is a free event for all to enjoy, which encapsulates the true spirit of the festive season: family and the community. Choirs from across Scotland will perform in front of an expected audience of around 20,000 people, as  George Street is lit up with fireworks. The Christmas Tree on the Mound, a gift to the City of Edinburgh Council from Hordaland County Council in Norway, will be lit as part of the Light Night switch-on.

Other free events to look out for over the festival are :

24 Doors of Advent – From 1st – 24th December go and discover an exciting new place each day of advent, as this real-life advent calendar takes you through a different door, throughout December as Edinburgh opens its doors to showcase the unique buildings in the city. A full list of what buildings are featured this year can be found here .


Winter Windows – The Winter Windows form a magical pathway from West Parliament Square – outside St Giles to Newhaven. Each stained-glass window is designed by a budding young artist from Edinburgh’s schools to the theme of Kindness. This year’s Winter Windows is working in conjunction with St Giles Cathedral.

And of course the Christmas market will be here again, tempting us with the smells of mulled wine and delicious foods…..Santa land is currently settling back into Princes Street gardens to entertain the kids, ice rinks are being smoothed into place and something very special is brewing on George Street….


It’s starting to look alot like Christmas…


So, now that Halloween is well and truly done and dusted, we can all embrace the the upcoming festivities and celebrations surrounding Christmas! As usual Edinburgh is putting on a wide array of events, shows, celebrations and markets !

The main hub of events are organised by ‘Edinburgh’s Christmas‘ which is kicking everything off this weekend, on the 20th November.

Sunday the 22nd November looks great with the annual free ‘Light Night‘ taking place on George Street between 1.30-5pm. Expect fireworks, Susan Boyle and 50 school and community groups each performing an act, a dance, a song or a piece of music to celebrate all things Christmas on one of the stages.

Other free events include the ’24 doors of Advent’ – each day from 1 – 24 December, a building around Edinburgh that’s usually closed to the public will open its doors, including Gilmerton Cove, The Victorian School Room and The Real Mary King’s Close.

Edinburgh’s Christmas also includes the usual Christmas market, ice rinks, Christmas wheel, Santa Grotto, Christmas tree maze, Santa train and other rides and attractions.