City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh's Winter Festivals

St. Andrew's Day

Edinburgh Castle on St Andrew's Day 2010

St. Andrew's Day commemorates Scotland's patron saint and is a Scottish Bank Holiday, although employers are not obliged to give employees time off. St. Andrew's Day is marked on 30th November every year. If that date is on the weekend, the St. Andrew's Day Bank Holiday takes place on the following Monday 1st or 2nd December.

Briefs: The Second Coming, Famous Spiegeltent, Review

If Priscilla ran away to join a circus cabaret troupe and ended up, not in a desert, but in a tent, in the centre of Edinburgh, at Christmas time – then the outcome might be something a bit like Brief

Christmas Choirs at National Museum

Get into the festive spirit with Christmas concerts from local choirs.

Like the museum, this event is free - just drop in.

Jack and the Beanstalk, The Brunton, Review

Jack and the Beanstalk Costume Fitting.

Guid honest fun fae the Honest Toun!

Slava's Snowshow, Festival Theatre, Dec 2014, Review

Slava's Snow Show - Festival Theatre

Sometimes you have an experience that you know you will remember long into your life. A memory that will find you in many years to come and bring a gleaming smile to your face.

The BFG, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Review

BFG production

A young cast brings plenty of whizz-popping energy to this year’s Christmas show at the Lyceum - and the kids will love getting their mouths around ‘gobblefunk’ – the BFG’s very own, idiosyncratic lan

Aladdin, King's Theatre, Review

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Our theatre critic finds the annual traditional King's Theatre panto brings out his most festive side.

Stick Man, Spiegeltent, Review

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Edinburgh’s Christmas has begun and The Famous Spiegeltent is back in St.

Scotch and Soda, The Paradiso Speigletent, Review


The circus used to come to town with a fanfared parade. These assorted Aussie acrobats and players looks as though they’ve arrived on a handcart.