What’s On In Edinburgh This Christmas?

Photo of Edinburgh Christmas Market by Gus Kubiak

With the festive season upon us Edinburgh is bursting at the seams with events across the city.

There is no shortage of events to attend with the rich programme of music, theatre, comedy, dance and art being performed and exhibited across the capital this month.

Here are our top picks from the City’s festive season.


Motown The Musical

This musical tells the thrilling tale of Berry Gordy, founder of Motown records, a man who broke barriers, fought against the odds to create something more than a record label. Featuring 50 classic hits including ‘My Girl’, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ and ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, this show promises to uplift the weariest of souls

@Playhouse 20 November – 8 December 2018 Tickets from £15

Sleep in the Park

On the 8th December 12,000 people across four cities in Scotland will sleep under the stars to raise money and awareness for Social Bite, a charity that fights to end homelessness in Scotland. In Edinburgh, sleep out participants will be treated to performances by KT Tunstall and Amy MacDonald who will be transported by helicopter across all four cities. Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh will be performing a bedtime story and Lulu is also expected to make an appearance.

@Princes Street Gardens 8 December 2018



Robert Blomfield: Edinburgh Street Photography

Robert Blomfield will exhibit his vintage street photography including displaying a selection from his private archive, documenting the dramatic shifts taking place in Scotland’s urban landscape during the 1960s.

@City Art Centre 24 November – 17 March 2019 Free admission

Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi I want to be a Machine

This exhibition examines Warhol’s and Paolozzi’s work, showing how they captured images from photography and advertisements. Warhol traced his images while Paolozzi used collage, until they both turned to screenprinting in the early 1960s to transform photographs into prints. Art lovers will be treated to rarely seen drawings by Warhol from the 1950’s.

@Scottish National Gallery Modern Art II Unitl 2 June 2019 Free admission



Edinburgh Christmas 2018

For the next six weeks Edinburgh locals will be treated to an array of delicious festive food and drink at the city’s German markets. Patrons can choose from a number of shows across the city including La Clique Noel-Part Deux and Baby Loves Disco. Those who dare can have a go at ice-skating or brave one of the various hair raising rides. You can find venues at East Princes St Gardens, St Andrew Square, Festival Square Spiegeltent, George St and Castle St.

@Edinburgh City Centre 16 November – 5 January 2018


Elis James & John Robins

Join Elis and John for a live reading from their debut book ‘The Holy Vible’. Over the course of the reading we will deal with topics such as Shame, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Gorkys Xygotic Mynci and also give a rare glimpse into the off-air world of commercial digital indie radios most unproduceable presenters.

@Queen’s Hall 22 November Tickets from £20


Wendy and Peter Pan

Follow the fearless Wendy as she flies with Peter to Neverland – a world of dastardly pirates, feisty fairies and raucous lost boys. This production promises to be full of fairy-dust, adventure and all your favourite characters.

@Lyceum Theatre 29th November-5th January 2018


Scottish Ballet: Cinderella

Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella promises to be everything you adore about the classic fairy tale – made fresh, funny and touching. Audience members should expect dance lessons from a grasshopper and a dress spun by magic. Even for non-ballet fans Scottish Ballet’s Christmas performance is a guaranteed festive treat.