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Edinburgh’s Christmas: full programme announced for 2016/2017!

15th Sep 2016

Edinburgh’s Christmas is back from 18 November 2016 – 7 January 2017, promising a bigger and better festive season than ever before! Plus, EH postcode holders will again receive a 20% discount on all shows, rides and attractions.

Edinburgh’s Christmas expands into the West End

This year’s theatre programme for Edinburgh’s Christmas played out in the new Festival Square Theatre promises magic, music and much more! The new Festival Square Theatre pops up on 18 November outside the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa on Lothian Road with a dazzling revival of Clarke Peters’ West End and Broadway hit, Five Guys Named Moe, featuring songs from jazz legend Louis Jordan performed on stage by a live band. Morgan and West, a family favourite, bring Morgan and West’s A (Sort of) Christmas Carol to delight audiences of all ages. They take on Charles Dickens’ timeless classic for ages 5+, with some magical twists.

The Street of Light returns in a new location!

Also moving to the West End, the Street of Light has its highly anticipated return in a new location on the west end of George Street. Opening on 20 November as part of Light Night, the Street of Light will run until 24 December with performances at 6pm & 8pm, illuminating the west end of George Street in a canopy of light, synchronised to music from local choirs and bands including the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus, fiddle music from the Highlands with Blazin’ Fiddles and Scotland’s very own bhangra group, Tigerstyle. More information on how to visit the Street of Light will be available soon.

Standard Life: 10,000 free tickets to ice skating for Edinburgh’s schoolchildren

As part of a special new partnership, Standard Life and Edinburgh’s Christmas are offering 10,000 free tickets to the St. Andrew Square Ice Rink to Edinburgh’s school children. All school children in Edinburgh are eligible for free tickets across every day of Edinburgh’s Christmas from 18 November 2016 to 7 January 2017, and tickets will be available to book from 11 October. More information.

Rides and Attractions

There are also a host of spectacular rides and attractions for the whole family as part of this year’s season. The 60m Star Flyer and the Big Wheel return to East Princes St Gardens, and the circular ice rink to St Andrew Square. For the kids, Santa Land includes the Santa Train, Christmas Tree Maze, rides for the wee ones, and the chance to meet the man himself in Santa’s Grotto!

There are two fantastic festive markets this year: the European Christmas Market in East Princes St Gardens, opening 19 November – 7 January, and the Scottish Market at George Street open from 26 November – 24 December.

Other Free Events

In addition to the Street of Light, the free events at Edinburgh’s Christmas 2016/2017 include the big Christmas lights switch-on, Light Night (20 November), 24 Doors of Advent (1 – 24 December) and Winter Windows (more info on these fantastic events to follow soon!).

Christmas on Stage

See a show in the heart of Edinburgh's West End this Christmas!

Edinburgh's Christmas has joined forces with The Lyceum, Traverse Theatre and Usher Hall to bring you Christmas on Stage, a celebration of fantastic shows for the festive season in Edinburgh’s West End. Look no further than the city’s cultural quarter in the West End for a festive outing for all the family. The magic of seeing stories come to life on stage is the perfect Christmas activity for all the family, whether you’re 1 or 101!

You can book tickets on our website for Five Guys Named Moe and Morgan & West’s A (sort of) Christmas Carol at the new Festival Square Theatre on Festival Square, Black Beauty at the Traverse Theatre and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at The Lyceum.

Key Dates

Here are a few key dates for you to pop in your diaries for those early festive planners!

Edinburgh’s Christmas 2016/2017 runs from 18 November – 7 January

Festival Square Theatre: 18 November – 7 January

St Andrew Square Ice Rink: 18 November – 7 January

East Princes Street Gardens: 19 November – 7 January

Light Night: 20 November (1pm – 5pm)

Street of Light (George Street): 21 November – 24 December (6pm & 8pm)

Scottish Market (George Street): 26 November – 24 December

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Posted by Carlotta