Events within 5 miles of Edinburgh

1,068 events within 5 miles

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The Twelve Elves of Christmas Elf Hunt

Follow this story of the twelve elves of Christmas and see if you can find them hiding in the nooks and crannies of the Royal Mile.

Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh (0.6 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

  • 09:30 – 16:30

Sat 20 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

  • 09:30 – 16:30

Sun 21 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

  • 09:30 – 16:30
…and 3 more dates until 24 Dec

Ghosts of Christmas Tour

Christmas isn't all mince pies and adorable penguins called Monty, its got a dark side as well. Tour guide Andrew Chesney tells a festive ghost story and recounts the history of Christmas in Scotland looking back at the traditions of the daft days, charades and delicious puddings.

The Real Mary King's Close, Edinburgh (1.1 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

Over-5s only

£13.25 (£11.75; Children £7.75) / 0845 070 6244

Tours are limited to 20 people so advance booking is recommended.

  • 17:00 – 18:00

Sat 20 Dec

Over-5s only

£13.25 (£11.75; Children £7.75) / 0845 070 6244

Tours are limited to 20 people so advance booking is recommended.

  • 17:00 – 18:00

Sun 21 Dec

Over-5s only

£13.25 (£11.75; Children £7.75) / 0845 070 6244

Tours are limited to 20 people so advance booking is recommended.

  • 17:00 – 18:00
…and 2 more dates until 23 Dec

Christmas Songwriters' Club

A night of original festive songs (no covers) from a mixed line-up of Scotland's indie and singer-songwriter talent including TeenCanteen, Book Group, Supermoon, Al Shields, Broken Records, Discopolis, Ella the Bird, The Lonely Together and Richy Carey. Plus a pop up bar and cafe, raffle and stalls all donated to local…

Central Hall, Edinburgh (1.7 miles)

Sat 20 Dec

£11.50 / 0131 229 2921

  • 19:00

Baby Loves Disco

Baby Loves Disco is a chance for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents to get their respective grooves on and enjoy some dayclubbing with real club DJs spinning retro and pop tunes. Chillout room, themed crafts, facepainting, healthy snacks and more – all included in the price, plus licensed bar for parents.

The Famous Spiegeltent, Edinburgh (1.2 miles)

Sun 21 Dec

£9 / 07986 527947

The Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival

Explore a special festive forest of lit-up Christmas trees, with live music to boot.

St Andrew's and St George's Church, Edinburgh (1.3 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Mon 22 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

  • 11:00 – 16:00
…and 2 more dates until 24 Dec back to top

Alan Carr: Yap, Yap, Yap

The camp face of Chatty Man proves his status as the King of bitchy comedy.

The Edinburgh Playhouse (1.0 miles)

Fri 17 Apr 2015

£31 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 18 Apr 2015

£31 / 0844 871 3014

Briefs: The Second Coming

The all-male boylesque troupe return with a dazzling stage show.

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh (1.2 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

Times vary / £13–£41 (Private Booth for up to ten people £109–£176.50)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Sat 20 Dec

Times vary / £13–£41 (Private Booth for up to ten people £109–£176.50)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Sun 21 Dec

Times vary / £13–£41 (Private Booth for up to ten people £109–£176.50)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

…and 14 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Deacon Blue

Pop-rock band on their biggest tour in over a decade.

Usher Hall, Edinburgh (1.7 miles)

Sat 20 Dec

£25–£40 / 0131 228 1155

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Edinburgh's world-famous Hogmanay celebration ushers the new year in with a bang. A Torchlight Procession winds through the historic Old Town and onto a son et lumiere on Calton Hill on 30 Dec, a massive street party with live music from Lily Allen, Young Fathers andThe Twilight Sad that culminates with Midnight Fireworks…

Various venues, Edinburgh (1.0 miles)

Tue 30 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 573 8455

Wed 31 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 573 8455

Thu 1 Jan 2015

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 573 8455

…and 3 more dates until 1 Jan 2016

Game Masters

Massive touring exhibition celebrating the varied history of computer gaming. With more than 125 playable games to work your way through, get stuck into arcade games, physical games (think Dance Battle et al), consoles, PCs and many more. On top of this, there's also displays of concept art, interactive displays and…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (1.0 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Sat 20 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Sun 21 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

…and 119 more dates until 20 Apr 2015 back to top

Greenman's Grotto

Instead of asking Santa for that new doll you want, visit the Greenman and learn how to care for a tree.

The Secret Herb Garden, Lothianburn (4.6 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

£5 / 07525 069773

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sat 20 Dec

£5 / 07525 069773

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 21 Dec

£5 / 07525 069773

  • 10:00 – 16:00
…and 2 more dates until 23 Dec

Waxxxmas with Richy Ahmed

Hi-octane house from one of the Hot Creations crew, redefining the genre by taking cues from disco, techno, funk and hip hop.

The Liquid Room, Edinburgh (1.2 miles)

Sat 20 Dec

£10 / 0131 225 2564

Stories Round the Tree

Cosy Christmas eve storytelling session gathered around the decorated Christmas tree with Fiona Herbert. Suitable for ages 4+.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh (0.9 miles)

Tue 23 Dec

£5 (£3; Children £3; Family £14) / 0131 556 9579

  • 13:00 – 13:45
  • 15:00 – 15:45

Wed 24 Dec

£5 (£3; Family £14) / 0131 556 9579

  • 13:00 – 13:45
  • 15:00 – 15:45

Confusion

A bit of a spin-off from the Confusion is Sex team, hoping to prolong the revolutionary club night's ethos.

The Bongo Club, Edinburgh (1.2 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

£3 before midnight; £5 after / 0131 558 8844

  • 23:00 – 03:00

Fri 16 Jan 2015

£3 before midnight; £5 after / 0131 558 8844

  • 23:00 – 03:00

Edinburgh's Christmas

Six weeks of winter wonderland in Edinburgh, with the east side of Princes Street transformed by a fairground, a host of colourful lights and the fabled German Christmas market with dozens of stalls selling traditional trinkets and crafts as well as delicious Teutonic treats (and, of course, glühwein). The ice rink has…

City Centre, Edinburgh (2.1 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

Times & prices vary

Sat 20 Dec

Times & prices vary

Sun 21 Dec

Times & prices vary

…and 14 more dates until 4 Jan 2015 back to top

Aladdin

Panto veterans Grant Stott, Andy Gray and Allan Stewart take to the stage to present Aladdin complete with special effects.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh (1.6 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

£14–£30 (£11–£27) / 0131 529 6000

Sat 20 Dec

£14–£30 (£11–£27) / 0131 529 6000

Sun 21 Dec

£14–£30 (£11–£27) / 0131 529 6000

…and 24 more dates until 18 Jan 2015

Beginners' Wine Tasting Courses

An in-depth look at red, white and sparkling wines, with expert Rose Murray Brown. The three courses can be booked as a series, or as individual classes.

The Dining Room, Edinburgh (1.5 miles)

Wed 11 Feb 2015

Over-18s only

£36 for individual class; £100 for the three evening beginners series / 07984 893138

Wed 18 Feb 2015

Over-18s only

£36 for individual class; £100 for the three evening beginners series / 07984 893138

Wed 25 Feb 2015

Over-18s only

£36 for individual class; £100 for the three evening beginners series / 07984 893138

Dance 'Til Dawn

  • Written by: Karen Bruce

Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back with a brand new show celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood.

The Edinburgh Playhouse (1.0 miles)

Thu 5 Feb 2015

£11–£46 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 6 Feb 2015

£11–£46 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 7 Feb 2015

£11–£46 / 0844 871 3014

Hogmanay Snow Ball

Sip a specially created Hogmanay SnowBall™ cocktail as you arrive, before entering the atmosphetic ballroom and sitting down to a 3 course dinner which celebrates some of Scotland's best food. A live pianist plays as you eat, and once the plates have been cleared there's dancing to the sounds of Ceilidh Stomp plus a live…

Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh (1.8 miles)

Wed 31 Dec

£99 Standard Dinner Ticket (Igloo Lounge upgrade £139) / 0131 229 9131

  • 19:00 – 01:00

The BFG

A gloriously festive show for Dahl fans big and small. David Wood's whizzpopping adaptation of this famous tale of nice and nasty giants is directed by Andrew Panton, and has been created by the team which brought you last year’s A Christmas Carol. Recommended for ages 5+.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh (1.6 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

£10–£28 (£15) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 20 Dec

£10–£28 (£15) / 0131 248 4848

Sun 21 Dec

£10–£28 (£15) / 0131 248 4848

…and 10 more dates until 3 Jan 2015 back to top

The Devil Masters

Writer Iain Finlay MacLeod’s surrealist black comedy twists the ordinary, asking what we become when we peel away the layers of class division and social decorum. Directed by award-winning Traverse artistic director Orla O’Loughlin.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (1.6 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

£7–£16 (£8–£13) / 0131 228 1404

  • 19:30

Sat 20 Dec

£7–£16 (£8–£13) / 0131 228 1404

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

Sun 21 Dec

£7–£16 (£8–£13) / 0131 228 1404

  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 24 Dec

Kapital

A good helping of stripped-down techno.

La Belle Angèle, Edinburgh (1.0 miles)

Wed 31 Dec

Times to be confirmed / £10–£14

With Barry O’Connell and Brad Charters.

New Year's Eve with Microtrauma and Nick Dow.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh (1.3 miles)

Fri 7 Aug 2015

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

  • 21:00

Sat 8 Aug 2015

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

  • 19:30
  • 22:30

Mon 10 Aug 2015

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

  • 21:00
…and 17 more dates until 29 Aug 2015

The RSNO Christmas Concert: The Snowman

A family-friendly concert of carols and seasonal tunes, including the now annual screening of Dianne Jackson's 1982 film of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman with live musical accompaniment, because nothing spells 'Christmas' like a magical fable about the transience of life. Christopher Bell conducts.

Usher Hall, Edinburgh (1.7 miles)

Sun 21 Dec

£15–£35 (disabled/under 26s/mature students/unemployed £7.50–£17.50) / 0131 228 1155

  • 15:00

The Singing Kettle: Big Christmas Party

Singalong favourites and audience participation aplenty from the Kettle gang as they head out on their final tour.

The Brunton, Musselburgh (4.1 miles)

Mon 22 Dec

£14 / 0131 665 2240

Tue 23 Dec

£14 / 0131 665 2240

Wed 24 Dec

£14 / 0131 665 2240

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