Events in Edinburgh

1,068 events within 5 miles

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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

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.

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.

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.

…and 2 more dates until 23 Dec

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

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Mon 22 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

…and 2 more dates until 24 Dec

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

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

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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

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

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

Sat 20 Dec

£5 / 07525 069773

Sun 21 Dec

£5 / 07525 069773

…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

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

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Hogmanay Ceilidh

Ceilidh into the new year with live music from Willie Fraser with caller Ken Gourlay. No stilettos or high heels, please!

Lauriston Hall, Edinburgh (1.5 miles)

Wed 31 Dec

£25 / 0131 339 5374

£8 / 0131 339 5374

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

Sat 8 Aug 2015

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Mon 10 Aug 2015

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

…and 17 more dates until 29 Aug 2015

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

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

The Beehive Comedy Club

Ben Verth presents a weekend packed full of top local and visiting comedians to tickle your funny bone in an entirely appropriate way.

Beehive Inn, Edinburgh (1.3 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

£9 / 0131 225 7171

Sat 20 Dec

£9 / 0131 225 7171

Fri 26 Dec

£9 / 0131 225 7171

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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

Sat 20 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

Sun 21 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

…and 3 more dates until 24 Dec

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 Two Roberts: Robert MacBryde and Robert Colquhoun

An overview of the work of the so-called 'Two Roberts': Robert MacBryde and Robert Colquhoun, artists, friends of Bacon and Freud, lovers and perhaps more notorious for their bohemianism and their openness about their sexuality than celebrated for their art. This show, their first major retrospective, aims to redress the…

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh (2.5 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

£8 (£6) / 0131 624 6200

Sat 20 Dec

£8 (£6) / 0131 624 6200

Sun 21 Dec

£8 (£6) / 0131 624 6200

…and 152 more dates until 24 May 2015

Stick Man

  • Directed by: Sally Cookson
  • Written by: Benji Bower (music)

Scamp Theatre bring Julia Donaldson’s popular picture book to life in this engaging family show.

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh (1.2 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

Times vary / £15–£18.50 (£13–£15.50; Family £46–£56) / 0844 545 8252

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Sat 20 Dec

Times vary / £15–£18.50 (£13–£15.50; Family £46–£56) / 0844 545 8252

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Sun 21 Dec

Times vary / £15–£18.50 (£13–£15.50; Family £46–£56) / 0844 545 8252

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

…and 14 more dates until 4 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

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Cirque Berserk

A large-scale family circus show with jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and stuntmen. Highlights include Hercules the strongman, award-winning clown Tweedy and a hair-raising motorcycle routine from Globe of Death.

The Edinburgh Playhouse (1.0 miles)

Sun 1 Feb 2015

£19–£27 / 0844 871 3014

Mon 2 Feb 2015

£19–£27 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 3 Feb 2015

£19–£27 / 0844 871 3014

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

Hogmanay Hootfest!

If you're planning on heading down to the Stand's Hogmanay extravaganza, you've made the right decision – it's warm in there. Congrats! Laugh it up in celebration with Ian Coppinger, Jo Caulfield, Keir McAllister, Liam Withnail and Bruce Devlin.

The Stand, Edinburgh (1.2 miles)

Sat 27 Dec

£15–£25 / 0131 558 7272

Sun 28 Dec

£15–£25 / 0131 558 7272

Mon 29 Dec

£15–£25 / 0131 558 7272

…and 3 more dates until 1 Jan 2015

Norloch Ceilidh Band

The Norloch Ceilidh Band provide the live music at this night of traditional Scottish dancing. BYOB.

Old St Paul's Church, Edinburgh (1.0 miles)

Fri 19 Dec

£6 (£5; Family £15) / 0131 556 3332

Ben And Holly's Little Kingdom

  • Directed by: Richard Lewis
  • Written by: Mani Svavarsson (music)

Richard Lewis' adaptation of the award-winning television animation set in a miniature world of fairies, elves and insects. The production features original music by Mani Svavarsson, with original lyrics by Matt Lewis.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh (1.6 miles)

Sat 11 Jul 2015

£14.50–£18.50 / 0131 529 6000

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