What’s on in December … besides Christmas

Non-Christmas events in Edinburgh

By now, Christmas in Edinburgh is in full swing. You’ve seen the festive markets, you’ve gone for a spin on the Big Wheel and you’ve got lost in the Christmas Tree Maze! With so much going on this winter, something is bound to slip through the cracks. So to help you stay on top of what’s happening, we’ve thrown together some other merry activities and happenings that you may not know about.

Bada Bingo: Big Fat Rave

On Saturday 16th December, Buzz Bingo is opening its doors ‘til late with an event that is marketed as the ‘filthiest, flirtiest, boozy bingo bash’. The event will have a live DJ set, karaoke, confetti showers, rave rounds and, of course, great bingo games. It’s the perfect night for those who love bingo but want a touch of excitement added to their usual bingo routines. For tickets and more information, check the website here.

Neon word on black brick background
Fancy a game?

Islander Handbag Workshop

On every Tuesday and Friday in Edinburgh Old Town, guests can enjoy an educational and entertaining Islander Handbag Workshop. For £60 per person, you get the chance to create your very own Harris Tweed Handbag. You’ll select the body, cloth, bag strap and accessories, and building the bag with expert tools. For more information about the Islander Handbag Workshops, check out their website here.

Grassmarket Market

On the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December, the Grassmarket Market will be ready for visitors to come and enjoy. Selling everything from art and crafts, jewellery, locally made food, cakes, and even street food to passers-by. The market is free to attend, and is held in Edinburgh’s picturesque Old Town. For more information, check here.

A goldsmith making jewellery
There will be a large array of stall

Absolute Bowie

On the 1st December 2023 Bowie fans have the opportunity to go and see the best Bowie Tribute in the UK. The show has been running for 16 years. In that time have developed the perfect Bowie tribute, taking you from Starman to Rebel Rebel and back to Heroes. For more information, check out the tickets here.

The National Whisky Festival: Session Two

Celebrate Scotland’s national drink on 9th December at Summerhall. With over 200 whiskies available to try. Plus local food vendors and a programme of mixology and music. This is a wonderful event for all whisky lovers. Book your tickets today.

A couple enjoying a whisky tasting at a bar
Whisky tasting


This winter, Edinburgh is graced with the fantastic show that is Wicked. Playing at the Edinburgh Playhouse from Thursday 7th December, the show is in the city for 5 weeks. It’s been dubbed an unforgettable and unmissable experience. For more information and ticket options, check here.

Hogmanay 2022/23

Did you know, at one time, Christmas was banned in Scotland? Back then, Hogmanay was our biggest winter festival, and today, we still celebrate it in style. From street parties and concerts to magnificent fireworks. There is nothing better than toasting the bells and kicking off the New Year at Edinburgh’s 3-day Hogmanay Festival. Get your tickets here.

Fireworks over Edinburgh Castle

So there you have it. While we’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg. It’s good to know what’s on in Edinburgh this December, besides the usual Christmas festivities. Take a look at our special offers and book your December break in Edinburgh today.