What’s on in Edinburgh this Christmas?


West Princes Gardens will play host to the 15th anniversary of the Santa Fun Run & Walk, a fundraising event that sees a horde of Santas taking on a 2.5km circuit in order to raise funds for When You Wish Upon A Star.

The route will be accessible to all with wheelchair and pram access, as well as allowing our four-legged friends on leads to join. Registration for the event begins at 9:30am, and there are prizes in place for the best dressed Santa!

Adults: £15
Juniors: (5 – 11) £5
Juniors: (2 – 4) £3
Under 2s: Free

Date/Time: 1st of December, 9.30am – 3pm


This magical winter wonderland in the heart of the city is the best way to get in the festive spirit.

With food and drink and gift stalls lining the East Princes Street Gardens, you will find plenty that catches your eye. There is something for everyone at the Christmas Markets which makes it a must for your Christmas activities this year!

Price: Free Entry

Date/ Time: 16th of November – 4th of January 2020, 10am – 10pm every day
With the exceptions of:
16th of November, Early Afternoon – 10pm
24th of  December, 10am – 8pm
26th of December, 12pm – 8pm
31st of December, 10am – 6pm
1st of January, 12pm – 8pm


While visiting the markets at East Princes Street Gardens, don’t forget to stop off for some fun at Santa Land! Situated just beside the markets, there is plenty to do and see, such as a Santa Train, Carousel, Chair O Planes and even a Christmas Tree Maze.

Fun for all this festive period at Santa Land!

Price: Tickets vary from £2.50 – £4.50 with a 20% discount for EH postcode holders

Date/Time: Santa Land will run on the same days as The Christmas Markets. Time slots for each activity are subject to availability.


Start December right by joining the annual Nativity Carol Concert. Choirs from across Edinburgh gather at a brand new location, Mound Place, to perform a selection of traditional Christmas carols with the public.

Price: Free

Date/Time: 1st of December, 3pm


It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the man himself… Santa!

This year, Santa’s Grotto will be situated on Castle Street, with group visits beginning every 30 minutes for a magical experience this winter.

Adults can be warmed up thanks to the bar below, which serves hot chocolate or mulled wine while you wait. However, if you wish to join in, each child can bring two adults, with the first receiving free entry and the second paying £5.

Price: Tickets from £8.50 with a 20% EH postcode discount applicable

Date/Time: 16th of November – 24th of December


Hosted at Fort Douglas, the spectacle of light at Dalkeith looks to be a spectacle well worth exploring. This event promises to make you “marvel at the beauty of the Orangerie as you follow this visual and musical feast around the gardens and across the river”.

The event is a “continuous experience” which will offer entry times every 30 minutes from 4pm to 6:30pm, and the entire experience will take around 90 minutes to complete.

Toast marshmallows around the fire and stay as long as you wish.

Adult: £15.75
Child (3 – 15): £9.90
Family (2 + 2): £44.55
Under 3s: FREE

7th – 8th of December
13th – 15th of December
17th – 23rd of December
27th – 31st of December
2nd – 5th of January


The Castle of Light will take place at Edinburgh Castle and is highly accessible for all to enjoy and attend. Boasting “state of the art” light installations and “stunning visuals”, this event will make a great outing for anyone keen to see something visually sensational.

On the 2nd of December, there will also be an access night for those who suffer from conditions such as autism and dementia. This will come with an autism orientation map and support will be provided by event stewards.

Adult (16-59yrs) £20.00
Concession (60yrs+) £16.00
Child (5-15yrs) £12.00
Family (1 adult and 2 children) £40.00
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £58.00
Family (2 adults and 3 children) £68.00

Date/Time: 24th, 29th and 30th November and 1st – 2nd, 5th – 8th, 12th – 15th and 19th – 22nd of December


By Caitlin Gallagher

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