As the leaves start to turn and the days get shorter, the inevitable Winter blues are creeping in, but the change of the season doesn’t have to necessitate hibernation at home! Always up for a party, Edinburgh doesn’t slow down in the winter months, so neither should you! With so much going on, your days and evenings are guaranteed to be filled with food, fun and maybe a couple of fireworks along the way. Here is our run-down of the best happenings in and around the city this Winter.
Let there be light…
Fireworks at Meadowbank Stadium
Remember, remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot… Whilst we don’t expect any treason in the capital this year (hopefully), there will be a chance of loud bangs and pops as Edinburgh’s largest firework display lights up the sky at Meadowbank stadium. Never ones to do anything in half measures, the team at the stadium guarantee a breath-taking show.
Meadowbank Stadium, London Rd, Edinburgh, Sunday 5th November
Christmas at The Botanics
Treat the family to something extra magical this festive season and head down to The Royal Botanic Garden for their light-filled celebration of Christmas. Meander along the mile-long illuminated trail discovering a whole host of magical sights including the Fire Garden, Choir of Trees, and the Crystal Lawn. If you are lucky you may even spot a busy Santa Claus getting ready for the big day!
The Royal Botanic Garden, Arboretum Pl, Edinburgh, Friday 24th November – Saturday 30th December
Giant Lanterns of China
Who doesn’t want to visit the Zoo after hours!? Continuing their partnership with Sichuan in China, the RZSS Edinburgh Zoo are bringing the park to life after dark with over 450 intricate giant paper lanterns of all your favourite creature characters. The installation will be lighting up the zoo for over 50 nights, from Friday 1st December until Sunday 28th February. Along with an exciting trail of amazing lanterns to explore, Chinese performers will wow guests and a marketplace featuring hand-made crafts from Chinese artisans will be open for those on the hunt for unique festive gifts.
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland Edinburgh Zoo, 134 Corstorphine Rd, Edinburgh
1st December 2017 – 25th February 2018
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry….
Edinburgh Craft Beer Revolution Festival
Love your IPAs? Fan of an intense porter? You will absolutely love Edinburgh Craft Beer Revolution Festival at the Assembly Roxy. Gathering some of the finest independent brewers from across Scotland, Ireland, Wales and mainland Europe, this festival offers ale lovers the chance to sample some of the best in the business. Not only will there be a chance to taste exclusive beers, there will also be top street food vendors on hand to help with lining of stomachs, and fantastic local DJs and live bands to keep things lively!
Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, 23rd-25th November
Foodies Festival – Christmas Edition
The beloved food-lovers festival returns to the capital this November but this time with its winter coat on! The summer incarnation of this festival already attracts quite the crowd so it’s no surprise there is now a festive version! Bringing some Christmas spirit to the EICC, guests can get tips from their favourite MasterChef and Great British Menu stars, watch demonstrations from the top chefs in the country, take part in craft beer, wine and champagne masterclasses, sample street food from around the world, plus browse for Christmas gifts in the wonderful artisan market. This is not to be missed by any foodie – wannabe or expert!
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison Street, 24th – 26th November
Trainspotting @ The King’s Theatre 14th-18th Nov
Irvine Welsh’s cult novel is brought to life on the stage this winter at the King’s Theatre. Join Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie, and Spud on an intense and darkly funny rollercoaster as they try to escape the depressions of everyday life in 80s Leith by undertaking heroin-fuelled adventures and escapades. Gareth Nicholls’ production of this generation-defining story has already had rave reviews from The Guardian, The Scotsman, and Broadway World amongst others, so don’t miss out on the chance to re-live this iconic Edinburgh tale!
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, Tuesday 14th November – Saturday 18th November
Cabaret at the Edinburgh Playhouse
With Olivier award—nominated Will Young reprising his critically acclaimed role of Emcee and musician, TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing runner up Louise Redknapp taking on the mantle of Sally Bowles, Cabaret at The Edinburgh Playhouse is shaping up to be the musical of the season. This iconic award-winning show is a must-see for any Broadway super-fan and a great chance to catch the smash-hit West End show on tour.
Edinburgh Playhouse, 8-22 Greenside Ln, Edinburgh, Tuesday 14th November – Saturday 18th November
Edinburgh Art Fair
You don’t need to be the sharpest up-and-coming art critic to appreciate the Edinburgh Art Fair. With over 60 galleries from around the UK, showcasing artists from all across the globe, the fair offers an unrivalled opportunity to view and purchase artwork never seen before in Scotland. We recommend going on the Friday or Saturday as the pace is slightly more sedate – Sunday is the time for those last-minute purchases!
Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 10 New Market Rd, Edinburgh, Friday 17th November – Sunday 19th November
And so the Festivities begin…
Image by Iain Cameron.
No winter would be the same without the annual Edinburgh festive markets and this year they are back, even bigger and better! This year in addition to the Princes Street Garden markets, there will be more festive stalls for your perusing on George Street. Don’t forget to head to St Andrew Square to enjoy the traditional winter past time of ice skating (or watch and laugh at the efforts of others)! Other features of Edinburgh’s Christmas this year include the spectacular ice sculptures in the ‘Ice Adventure: A Journey Through Frozen Scotland’ on George Street, and the huge projected advent calendar on West Register House from 5.30pm each night. Keep your eyes peeled for the 25 different glimpses into Edinburgh Winters past from December 1st!
Various Venues, Friday 17th November 2017 – Saturday 6th January 2018
It may be an obvious one but Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018 is shaping up to be quite a cracker! Never a concert to disappoint, this year’s headliner for Concert in the Gardens is none other than double Brit Award Winner Rag ‘n’ Bone man. Not managed to grab tickets for the gardens? No worries. The Street Party promises to be one of the parties you have ever been to, including the ultimate fireworks display set against our iconic castle. Need to warm up a bit? Join fellow revellers for a bit of reeling and jigging at the Ceilidh Under the Castle.
Various Venues, Saturday 30th December 2017 – Monday 1st January 2018
Header Image by Eoin Carey.