Grant Stott shares his recommendation for what to do this Christmas

The panto star and local celebrity will be heading to Edinburgh's Christmas - if he gets the time

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Grant Stott shares his recommendation for what to do this Christmas

It’s a funny time of the year for me: my home city is at its busiest, but I tend to always miss out due to my panto commitments. I guess I’m looking at this as something I *3wish*2 I could enjoy for myself this Christmas – and it’s a neat combination of two of my favourite things, Edinburgh and Christmas.

The whole buzz around this year’s Edinburgh’s Christmas has been fantastic. Starting off with the huge crowds that welcomed Sir Chris flicking the lights on, to the pictures on Facebook and Twitter of those brave enough to try the Star Flyer, to the market and fabulous Christmas theme that now dominates St Andrews Square and George Street. It seems to have something for everyone, with the markets and attractions that will thrill the family and the rather exotic Limbo in the fabulous Spiegeltent, which offers a rather saucy festive offering combining circus and cabaret.

The idea of heading into town wrapped up and taking in the festive sights, sounds and smells is just magical – I only hope I get a chance to do it myself!

Edinburgh’s Christmas, various venues until Sun 5 Jan. Grant Stott stars in Peter Pan, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sun 19 Jan.

Edinburgh's Christmas

Six weeks of winter wonderland, with the West End of Edinburgh transformed by a fairground, a host of colourful lights and the fabled European Christmas market with dozens of stalls selling traditional trinkets and crafts as well as delicious Teutonic treats (and, of course, glühwein).

European Christmas Market

Whether it's authentically German or not, you can certainly get your fill of festive wooden toys, meaty sausages and Glühwein at this hive of twinkly festive market stalls in the heart of the city.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Panto veterans Grant Stott, Andy Gray and Allan Stewart take to the stage to present Snow White complete with plenty of comedy and extravagant costumes.

LIMBO

An exciting mix of illusions, physical theatre, acrobatics and live music.

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