Christmas Events in Edinburgh

Santa Claus is coming to town and nowhere knows it better than Scotland’s capital city. Edinburgh truly comes into its own at Christmas time, and the festive fun spreads well beyond the city’s iconic fairy-lit market. From Slade drenched silent discos to glitzy dinner dances, and comedy nights that will have you ho ho ho’ing all the way home, we round up our top picks of Christmas events in Edinburgh this December.

Last updated on 3rd October 2019

@ The Usher Hall on Saturday 30th November and Saturday 14th December 2019

What better way to see Edinburgh in all its twinkly light, bauble-festooned glory than by dancing through the streets to all your favourite disco bops and Christmas classics. This infectiously fun experience is suitable for the whole family and will leave you with a Cheshire cat grin for days after. 

@ BT Murrayfield Stadium on Various dates from Friday 29th November 2019

Hosted by radio legend, Boogie, Murrayfield is hosting the ultimate chrismtas party; forget soggy sausage rolls and tepid white wine, tickets for this exclusive event include a three-course Christmas dinner, a silent disco, photobooth and an-all night party into the early hours. 

@ The Liquid Room on Sat, 23rd Nov 2019 @ 19:30 - 22:00

Don your flares, channel your dancing queen and shimmy on down to The Liquid Rooms for an 70s themed ABBA spectacular. Performing some of the iconic band's tunes, this tribute act are putting a Christmas spin on their sell-out performance. Expect glitter, expect glamour and expect grooving. 

@ The Stand Comedy Club on Saturday 7th December 2019 and 3 other Saturdays

Located in the iconic The Stand Club, this variety show is an hour-long spectacle chock full of crooner classics, laugh out loud comedy and Hogwarts-worthy magicians. Hosted by Fringe favourite Bruce Devlin and with tickets costing less than a fancy glass of mulled wine, this one is bound to banish the bah humbugs and please even the meanest of misers.

@ Prestonfield House on Saturday 7th December 2019 and 4 other dates

This time of year is the perfect excuse to don your glad rags and get swept up in some glitz and glamour. And where better to do just that than the grand and imposing Prestonfield House, which is hosting a series of winter wonderland parties, complete with a three-course meal and an evening of swirling around their fairytale-like ballroom.

@ Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Friday 22nd November 2019 and 2 other dates

A festival of cuisine from all over the world, there's more than just mince pies at this three-day event. With celebrity chef guests, workshops, demonstrations and tonnes of family-friendly fun, the foodie festival is the perfect place to munch through the day - elasticated waist bands at the ready. 

@ Gilded Balloon Basement on Sat, 14th Dec 2019 @ 19:00 - 22:30

Taking place in Fringe favourite venue The Gilded Balloon, this two-hour comedy show is bound to leave you with aching sides (and not from the copious pigs in blankets). With a roster of some of the funniest faces around including Jay Lafferty, Mark Nelson and Christopher Macarthur Boyd, this event is a serious upgrade from your Christmas cracker one-liners. 

@ Usher Hall on Sun, 15th Dec 2019 @ 18:30 - 22:00

To us, Love Actually is perfect, and what better way to enjoy this cult Christmas classic than with a fully-fledged live orchestra playing the soundtrack to the film during a festive-themed screening. Be advised and bring tissues for that Emma Thompson scene, violins at the ready...