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St Andrew’s Day

20th Oct 2014

We're delighted to reveal a packed programme of FREE St Andrew's Day Celebrations, all taking place in St Andrew Square in the very heart of the city on 30 November 2014! There will be no finer place to celebrate Scotland's national day. 

Throughout the day, St Andrew Square will host a diverse selection of fun, family-friendly events, including:

Music

We have an exciting line-up of both contemporary and traditional Scottish music, including performances by The Hazey Janes who have just returned from a sell-out tour supporting Deacon Blue and The Banjo Lounge 4 with their well know bluegrass-funk interpretations. Outside on our main stage, audiences can enjoy performances throughout the day from the likes of the Stockbridge Pipe Band, Edinburgh's Got Soul and the Edinburgh bands Seneka and Under the Dogwood Tree. There will even be an opportunity to get vocal with the Big Big Sing who will be leading a very Scottish sing-a-long with the whole audience.

Storytelling

In the Spiegeltent there will be traditional Scottish storytelling for all ages led by well know local author and storyteller Jess Smith. There will also be a reading by Aiden Moffat (Arab Strap) from his new children’s book, The Lavender Blue Dress.

Dance/Ceilidh

For those who want to get more active there will be Scottish Dance workshops for all ages led by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and a chance to then try out your new moves at the Family Ceilidh hosted by the Robert Fish Band.

On the Ice Rink

The unique circular Edinburgh's Christmas ice rink will be open all day and it's FREE. This is expected to be a very popular family friendly attraction, so we advise that you pre-book your free skating tickets in advance via www.edinburghschristmas.com to avoid disappointment. A limited amount of free tickets will also be available on the day. There will be demonstrations from The Royal Caledonian Curling Club and Murrayfield Skating School and look out for our very special Skating Piper, Louise Marshall. You can also expect a fiery St Andrew's Day-inspired performance from Edinburgh's Pyroceltica.

Around The Site

Family fun continues throughout St Andrew Square with face painting, Scottish themed fancy dress competitions, a Haggis hunt for the children, historical tours, and don’t forget to sample the delights of the Scottish Market.

The Edinburgh's Christmas St Andrew's Day celebrations are free to all, although ice skating and performances by The Hazey Janes and The Banjo Lounge 4, The Robert Fish Band and Scottish Dance workshops are ticketed. Please pre-book to avoid disappointment.

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