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The Top Christmas Shows in Edinburgh

2019 Must-See Christmas Shows in Edinburgh

No Christmas season is complete without a trip to see a festive theatre show. There’s something for everyone this year, from comedy pantos with famous faces, to festive musical concerts. So, whatever your age, you’ll be sure to find entertainment in our magical capital city. Here are the Christmas shows in Edinburgh we are most looking forward to!

Disney’s The Lion King

Rafiki from the Lion King stae

Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA
5 December 2019 – 29 March 2020

This festive season, the spectacular stage adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King will be right here in Edinburgh. Travel to the plains of the Serengeti and experience this unique and moving performance about a young lion as he faces up to his responsibilities and takes his place in the circle of life.

The King’s Panto: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

King's Panto poster

King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ
30 November 2019 – 19 January 2020

This magical classic fairy tale will be brought to life at the King’s Theatre Edinburgh pantomime. Perfect for children and adults alike. At the King’s Panto, there will be lots of comedy and fun, with plenty of “oh no he didn’t” and “it’s behind you” moments.

RSNO at the Movies Christmas Concert: The Snowman

Conductors hands with dark background

Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA
22 December 2019

Everyone remembers the classic Snowman animation that fills our screens with joy every Christmas. Now, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will bring it to life on stage, along with other classic seasonal songs. The Snowman will be screened alongside the music, and will be narrated by Jamie MacDougall. A perfect festive sing-along evening for all the family.

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

Three street lanterns in the snow

The Lyceum Theatre, 30b Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX
30 November 2019 – 4 January 2020

Legend has it that Charles Dickins got his inspiration for A Christmas Carol when visiting an Edinburgh graveyard. He spotted a grave stone for one “Ebeneezer Lennox Scroggie – mean man”. The stone does, in fact, say “meal man”, but nevertheless, an idea was born. And so, the Lyceum Theatre brings this classic Christmas tale back to Edinburgh, where it all began.

Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen

Scottish Ballet poster for The Snow Queen

Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT
7 – 29 December 2019

The Scottish Ballet celebrates the end of its 50th year with a sparkling performance of The Snow Queen. Hans Christian Anderson’s story is set to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, which is performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

So, why not check out what’s on this Christmas and book your favourite festive show now. At Parliament House, you’ll find cosy, comfortable rooms, just a short stroll from theatres, attractions, and Christmas shows in Edinburgh. The festivities await!

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