Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I have to pay to get into Edinburgh's Christmas?

No! There is no admission fee to enter any area of Edinburgh's Christmas – you simply turn up and pay to do whatever takes your fancy. Certain attractions can get fully booked during peak times, so we recommend that you book in advance on the website where possible.

2. Is Santa Claus at Edinburgh's Christmas real?

Why not come and ask him yourself! And don’t forget to say hello to all his magical elves too. We hope you’ve been very VERY good this year…

3. ’What time is the Advent Calendar on?

Edinburgh’s Advent Calendar appears at random times between 5pm and 10pm – it’s different every day so keep your eyes peeled to make sure you catch it!

4. Why aren’t you doing Street of Light this year?

Free events are a big part of Edinburgh’s Christmas and after two fantastic years with the Street of Light, we’re really excited to introduce the Advent Calendar at General Registry House this year as our new free spectacular attraction.

5. Are dogs allowed?

Yes, dogs are allowed as long as they are on a lead. Please note that the festival involves noise, lights and pyrotechnics. 

6. How can I locate my lost property?

For all lost property queries, please email


7. What if the weather is too wintry at Edinburgh's Christmas?

Edinburgh's Christmas is an outdoor event so make sure you dress appropriately as we open in rain, snow or shine!

The Ice Rink operates in all but the most extreme weather conditions. Other attractions may have to close depending on weather conditions. Please note that NO refunds will be given if an attraction is closed due to inclement weather. However, in the unlikely event that ticketed events are closed, then alternative sessions will be offered subject to availability. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more details.

8. Are there age restrictions for accessing the site?

Whilst the site is suitable for children of all ages, we would suggest that children are accompanied at all times by a person of 16 years or over. 

Children (under 16’s) must be accompanied by an adult after 8pm.

Young persons (16 and 17 year olds) must be accompanied by an adult after 8pm.


9. What facilities do you have for babies?

Most of Edinburgh's Christmas is flat and level for buggies,– we have even built a level crossing at the Santa Train for access into Santa Land! There are also baby changing facilities at various disabled toilets situated around the site.

Edinburgh's Christmas does not have an official buggy park, however buggies can generally be left next to the entrance of a ride with the permission of the ride staff. Edinburgh's Christmas accepts no responsibility for buggies left with ride staff. Buggies are left at the owners risk.

10. Comments and feedback

We're always interested to hear your feedback - if there's anything that isn't covered in the above, you can email us on

11. What time are the sites open from?

What time are the sites open from?

East Princes Street Gardens: 10am - 10pm
St. Andrew Square: 10am - 10pm
George Street: 10am – 10pm

Santa Land:
Until 15th December: 

Sun - Wed: 10am - 8pm, Thu - Fri: 10am - 9pm, Sat: 10am - 10pm

15th Dec - 31 December: 

Sun - Fri: 10am - 9pm, Sat: 10am - 10pm

2 Jan - 6 Jan: 

Mon – Wed: 10am - 8pm, Thu - Fri: 10am - 9pm


24 December: 10am - 8pm
26 December: 12pm - 8pm
31 December: 10am - 6pm
1 January: 12pm - 8pm

We are open on Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

12. What are the box office opening times?

Box offices are open on sites at all times during opening hours.

The phone room is open 10am - 6pm Monday to Friday

13. How do I purchase a ticket?

We recommend that you buy tickets in advance from the Edinburgh's Christmas website for all of our attractions and shows, subject to availability. Please note a booking fee will apply on shows, not on rides or other attractions. 

14. Can I buy a ticket on the day at the box office?

Yes, you can buy a ticket on the day. However, we would strongly recommend that you buy your tickets in advance online or by phone, as our box offices are very busy at peak times and you may experience a wait

There are four box offices onsite where you can buy tickets for all shows and attractions: St Andrew Square, East Princes Street Gardens, Festival Square and George Street.   If you do wish to purchase your tickets on the day, please arrive in plenty of time.

15. Can I exchange my tickets?

Tickets are non-exchangeable, non-transferrable and non-refundable.

16. How do I get my tickets?

Most tickets for Edinburgh’s Christmas are e-tickets. If you choose to get your tickets posted then they will begin to be posted out in mid-October. Tickets will be posted in chronological order by purchase date. c

17. What should I do if I haven't received my tickets?

If you have booked tickets through the official Edinburgh's Christmas website but have not received or cannot print your ticket confirmation, please see a member of the box office team upon arrival, or contact us in advance, where they can assist you further. Please allow extra time for assistance at the box office as queues are likely. If you bought your tickets from another outlet, please contact them directly.

18. What age do you class as a child?

Children under 11 must be accompanied by a responsible adult on the Ice Rink,  Star Flyer and Drop Tower. Children under 13 must be accompanied on the Big Wheel. Please note that some rides also have height and weight restrictions.

Children riding on the Santa Train, Carousel, Balloon Ride, Helter Skelter, Reindeer Ride, Race-a-Rama and Rollercoaster who are under 1 metre tall must be accompanied by a responsible adult, who may ride for free. Children can ride unaccompanied on the Crazy Cars ride, however must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult. This ride is not suitable for adults.

Children under 2 years will not need a ticket for the Spiegeltent or Big Wheel if they do not occupy a seat (where they sit on an adult’s lap). Should your little one prefer a seat, this will need to be purchased.

19. What do you class as a concession?

Concession ticket prices are available to concession card holders and under 16s.
Free tickets are available for personal assistants. Please call the box office directly on 0131 510 0395

20. Groups and schools

Group discounts may be available for large parties. Please call 0131 510 0395 for more information.

We do strongly advise all groups carry out their own Risk Assessment prior to their visit.

21. Which rides can be booked in advance?

You can buy tickets in advance for all Edinburgh's Christmas attractions and shows. On peak days Santa's Grotto, the Ice Rink and shows in the Festival Square Spiegeltent usually sell out well in advance, so advance ticket purchase is recommended. Please remember tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your ticketed time for the Ice Rink to allow time to get your skates on. We recommend tickets are picked up at least 30 minutes before your session.

Skate hire is included in the Ice Rink ticket price.

Ice Rink spectator areas are free to access.

22. Do I get a time slot for the attractions?

No you don’t - except for the ice rink, Santa’s Grotto, the Ice Adventure and shows in the Festival Square Spiegeltent. You can book in advance for a specific day, and then turn up at any time during opening hours; you don’t need to book a particular timeslot. Last rides are 15 minutes before closing time.

23. How long do they last for?

Ice Rink sessions vary between 30 to 45 minutes on the ice. Please arrive 15 minutes in advance to get your skates on!

A ride on the Big Wheel lasts for 5 to 7 minutes (the last flight is 15 minutes prior to closing).

The Santa Train journey takes approximately 5 minutes (the last journey is 15 minutes prior to closing)

The Star Flyer lasts for between 2 to 5 minutes (the last flight is 15 minutes prior to closing).

24. What are the rules and considerations surrounding the ice rink?

? Ice skating can be hazardous. The use of the Ice Rink is entirely at your own risk. Edinburgh's Christmas is not responsible for any injuries arising from your use of the Ice Rink. Skaters must follow the instructions of the marshals at all times. The Rink Manager reserves the right to remove those deemed as a risk to the safety of themselves or others.

The Ice Rink operates in all but the most extreme conditions – please bring suitable clothing as no refunds will be given due to inclement weather.

Each child under 11 years must remain under the control or supervision of a responsible adult at all times and the Rink Manager reserves the right to determine the ratio of adults in relation to children required for adequate supervision. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more details.

25. What size ice skates are available to hire?

The minimum skate size on the rink is a children’s size 9 and maximum is an adult size 13. Skate Hire is included in the Ice Skating ticket price but you are also welcome to bring your own skates, subject to suitability checks (please note – speed skates are NOT allowed).

26. Are there any skating aids for children?

Skating penguins (children's skating aids) are available. We do provide doubled-bladed skates for the tiniest of feet, but these are on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis.

27. Can I take photographs on the ice rink?

For safety reasons, you are not allowed to take photographs whilst on the ice rink. However, spectators can take photos from the viewing platforms around the rink.

28. How tall do I need to be to ride on the Star Flyer?

You need to be a minimum of 1m tall to ride on the Star Flyer. You must also be accompanied by an adult if you are under 11 years of age.


29. Access

If any of your party are wheelchair users please call us directly to make your booking on 0131 510 0395, Monday to Friday from 10am – 6pm.

Which activities are suitable for visitors with access requirements? 

For full information on the accessibility of each site please click here.

We have tried to make the walkways of Edinburgh's Christmas as even as possible, with ramps to stalls where we can. Wheelchairs are welcome on the Ice Rink, there are pods in the Forth 1 Big Wheel and spaces in the Spiegeltent designed to accommodate wheelchairs. 

There is no ride-wide policy for the suitability of the rides for those with disabilities. This is due to variant conditions – e.g. unfavourable weather, the type of ride – and the nature of the disability, as some rides will require more support than others. The individual ride operator on the day will determine whether the ride is suitable, for safety reasons, and how they will grant admission.

Is there accessible parking? Pay and display parking is available on Frederick Street, George Street, Hanover Street and Waterloo Place. This is free for Blue Badge holders with no time limit. Full details and locations of street Blue Badge parking bays can be found on the City of Edinburgh Council website at or you can call them on 0131 469 3891.

What about toilet facilities? A number of accessible toilet facilities are available around our sites.

30. How do we get to Edinburgh's Christmas?

It’s easy to travel to Edinburgh’s Christmas by public transport - visit  and to plan your journey.

Edinburgh's Christmas is located across four sites: St Andrew Square, East Princes Street Gardens, Festival Square and the west end of George Street. For more information on which attractions are at each site, please visit the Your Visit page.

You can walk to Edinburgh's Christmas from Edinburgh Waverley station.

31. How do I get to Festival Square Spiegeltent?

The Festival Square Spiegeltent is located in Festival Square in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End. The square can be accessed via Lothian Road. 

The address is Festival Square Spiegeltent, Festival Square, Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9SR.


32. Parking facilities

We recommend that visitors avoid coming by car where possible. However, for those who do travel by car, on-street pay-to-park spaces are available in the streets surrounding our sites between 8.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Outside of these hours, parking is free. There is also an NCP car parks on Greenside Place. For Festival Square there is parking on Castle Terrace. For more information, please visit

33. Where can I park my bike?

For bike parking information from Edinburgh City Council, click here

The information required is within Transport – Cycling – Cycle Parking

Ticket Enquiries

0131 510 0395

Press Enquiries

For media enquiries please contact Susie Gray, PR for Edinburgh's Christmas on 01312026220 or

Office Enquiries

Tel: 020 7307 8480