Colourful lights and attractions in Edinburgh at Christmas time

December 2018

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What’s On Guide Edinburgh December 2018

December is a cold winter month in Edinburgh, with an average temperature of 5°C. Christmas is fantastic time of year to visit, as Edinburgh comes alive with festive fun and sparkle. There are also lots of special events and shows to enjoy across the city. Here’s what’s on in Edinburgh in December 2018.

Music, Theatre and Comedy

Motown The Musical20 Nov – 8 Dec
Doris, Dolly & The Dressing Room Divas21 Nov – 16 Dec
Nativity The Musical28 Nov – 2 Dec
The Australian Pink Floyd2 Dec
Life On Mars: A Tribute to David Bowie2 Dec
The Osmonds Rockin’ Christmas7 Dec
Love Actually In Concert8 Dec
Kinky Boots10 Dec – 5 Jan
Feed The Minds Carol Concert12 Dec
Katie Melua and Gori Women’s Choir13 Dec
Bootleg Beatles15 Dec
Boyzlife15 Dec
Hipsway18 Dec
Carols By Candlelight19 Dec
Emily Smith Songs for Christmas 201820 Dec
Glenn Miller Orchestra29 Dec
Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens31 Dec

Festivals and Special Events

Edinburgh’s Christmas16 Nov – 5 Jan
Giant Lanterns of China16 Nov – 17 Feb
Christmas at The Botanics25 Nov – 29 Dec
Sleep in the Park8 Dec
Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival8 – 24 Dec
Magic Fest Christmas Special27 – 30 Dec
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay30 Dec – 1 Jan

Markets and Fairs

Edinburgh Farmers Marketevery Sat
Grassmarket Weekly Marketevery Sat
Leith Marketevery Sat
Stockbridge Marketevery Sun
Christmas Market: East Princes St Gardens16 Nov – 5 Jan
Christmas Market: George Street16 Nov – 24 Dec
Hopetoun Christmas Shopping Fair30 Nov – 2 Dec
Edinburgh Flea Market29 Dec
Morningside Makers Market1 Dec
Jupiter Artland Christmas Fair1 Dec
3D/2D Edinburgh Christmas Craft, Art and Design Fair8 – 9 Dec
Summerhall Christmas Market9 Dec

Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions

Growing Up With Books1 Jun – 9 Dec
Planes, Trains and Automobiles2 Jun – 13 Jan
In Focus: Scottish Photography7 Jul – 12 May
Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye4 Aug – 10 Feb
Pin-Ups: Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity6 Oct – 20 Jan
NOW: Monster Chetwynd, Moyna Flannigan, Henry Coombes …20 Oct – 28 Apr
Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers26 Oct – 21 Apr
Tremble Tremble27 Oct – 26 Jan
At The Gates27 Oct – 26 Jan
Storyworlds: Paper Sculptures by Edinburgh Young Artists10 Nov – 12 May
Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi: I want to be a machine17 Nov – 2 Jun
Charles II: Art & Power23 Nov – 2 Jun
Robert Blomfield: Edinburgh Street Photography24 Nov – 17 Mar
Another Country10 Dec – 17 Mar
BP Portrait Award 201815 Dec – 10 Mar

Sport and Fundraising Events

Edinburgh Christmas Walk & Run1 – 2 Dec
Santa Run9 Dec