What’s on in Edinburgh this December … besides Christmas

By now, Christmas in Edinburgh is in full swing. You’ve seen the festive markets, you’ve gone high-flying above Scott Monument and you’ve hitched a ride on the Santa Train. With so much going on this December, something is bound to slip through the cracks. So to help you stay on top of what’s on in Edinburgh this December, we’ve thrown together some other merry activities and wee happenings you may not know about.

MagicFest 2019

In a move from its usual spring-summer slot, MagicFest will be taking place in winter this year. From 27th December to 5th January, you can revel in magic, illusion and trickery, with a selection of spell-binding shows, events and experiences. From the glittering Open Night Gala to the secrets of Magic School! View the full programme here.

The Lion King

If you’re fed up of the chilly weather, take a musical trip to the Serengeti with Disney’s The Lion King. Playing at Edinburgh Playhouse from 5th December to 29th March, this multi award-winning show will have you singing along and crying along in equal measures. Buy your tickets here.

Scrapheap Golf

During the summer, this site on Blair Street is a Fringe comedy venue, but it is currently open as an indoor crazy golf centre. One course is construction themed, and the other witchcraft and wizardry themed. This is a great new indoor activity for the winter, suitable for ages 10 and above. Book a game here.

BP Portrait Award 2019

For art lovers, this exhibition of entries from the annual BP Portrait Award is not to be missed. The most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world, and now in its tenth year in Edinburgh. On at the spectacular Scottish National Portrait Gallery from 7th December to 22nd March. Find out more here.

Welcome in the New Year

When it comes to what’s on in Edinburgh this December, no list would be complete without at least some mention of Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve). At one time, Christmas was banned in Scotland and Hogmanay was our biggest winter festival. Today, we still celebrate it in style. From a magnificent torchlight procession to fireworks displays, ceilidhs and street parties, 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.

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.