It may be almost 100 days until Christmas is upon us, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to get excited for festive season a little early in Scotland’s capital.
A packed programme for Christmas and Hogmanay has been announced and we’re already itching to browse markets, skid across ice rinks and party in the streets.
Here’s a round-up of the unmissable events coming to Edinburgh for both Christmas and Hogmanay.
Events get under way on November 20 when the city’s lights will be switched on, with the big event taking place on George Street. The Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Orchestra Chorus and Edinburgh’s Got Soul will all perform at the event which will take place from 1pm to 5pm – more info
Street of Light
After a thoroughly successful debut year, the Street of Light is relocating from the Royal Mile to George Street. The 60,000 light-bulbed thoroughfare will open as part of Light Night, with two shows per night taking place between November 21 and December 24. While 2015’s show was more about spectating the marvellous light show, this year the organisers want to encourage visitors to have a sing and a dance, and be part of the show itself – more info
24 Doors of Advent
Free event 24 Doors of Advent returns for another Yule, allowing you to have a nosey behind doors that would normally be closed to the public. The event will run from (you guessed it) December 1-24, with venues such as the Royal Lyceum Theatre, The Chapel of St Albert the Great and BT Murrayfield Stadium opening their doors and arms – more info
The West End comes to Edinburgh’s West End
And now for something totally different, as the new Festival Square Theatre opens up on Lothian Road outside the Sheraton Grand Hotel from November 18. Jazzy Broadway sensation, Five Guys Named Moe, and family favourite Morgan and West’s A (Sort Of) Christmas Carol will both be performed here throughout the festive period – more info
Hosted in the East Princes Street Gardens, this collection of windows designed and created by schools from across the city, demonstrates just how talented the youth of Edinburgh are. The art will be available for all to see from November 19 to January 7 – more info
Ice skating giveaway
Standard Life and Edinburgh’s Christmas are teaming up to giveaway 10,000 free ice skating tickets for school children. All Edinburgh school children are eligible for the giveaway and tickets will be available from October 11 – more info
The Torchlight Procession returns to kick off the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, with over 40,000 people expected to take part in the parade this year. The procession will culminate in a pyrotechnic finale of fireworks and a colossal bonfire – more info
Hogmanay Street Party
The New Year will be brought in by indie britpoppers The Charlatans who are this years street party headliners. Joining them are celtic crossover bands Salsa Celtica and Manran on the Castle Street Stage, as well as DJ’s Guilty Pleasures on the Frederick Street Stage. Tickets are on sale now for the world’s most famous New Year shindig – more info
Concert in the Gardens
Paolo Nutini’s golden voice will greet any of you who are lucky enough to party at the Concert in the Gardens this Hogmanay. Paolo will be joined under the Castle Rock by special guests who are yet to be announced. Tickets go on limited release on September 22 and general release September 30 – more info
The party isn’t over after December 31. A scattering of venues are due to pop up around Edinburgh on New Year’s Day, exhibiting the very best in Scottish cultural talent. Skip between the different exhibitions in this culture vulture’s scavenger hunt. Tickets go on sale from September 30 – more info
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