December is a magical time to visit. The Cottages are decorated with wreaths and beautiful trees from the 1st of December this year. Twinkling lights adorn our huge home-grown Christmas tree in the farmyard and fires are lit with woodsmoke curling from cottage chimneys.

December Availability at Eastside

Stable Cottage (sleeps 2) available 16th - 22nd December 2018

Steading Cottage (sleeps 4) available 10th -13th & 17th - 22nd December 2018

Byre Cottage (sleeps 6) available 14th - 22nd December 2018.

Woodshed (sleeps 2) available 16th - 20th December 2018.

What's on around Edinburgh in December?

December is also wonderful time to visit Edinburgh. Brilliant Christmas shopping, markets, ice-rinks, light-shows, fireworks and magic await you! Terrific festive entertainment for all the family.

Jupiter Artland Christmas Fair

Jupiter Artland Christmas Fair

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Festivals & Events

The city centre comes alive with fantastic light shows, markets, ice skating and theatre but there is so much more throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. Archerfield produces a magical outdoor immersive theatre, see the Botanics as never before or explore the zoos beautiful lanterns after dark.

Edinburgh Christmas | 16th November 2018 - 5th January 2019

A Christmas Fairytale at Archerfield Walled Garden | 7th - 245th December 2018

Christmas at the Botanics |23rd November - 29th December 2018

Edinburgh Zoo : Giant Lanterns of China | throughout December 2018

Edinburgh's Hogmanay 19 | 31st December 2018

Edinburgh International Magic Festival : Christmas Special | 27th - 30th December 2018

Scottish Ballet at Christmas

Scottish Ballet at Christmas

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Christmas Cinema

This Christmas, Hobo Cinema is setting up shop at Restoration Yard (Dalkeith Country Park) with incredible botanical set designers creating an indoor winter woodland cinema. Beautiful winter foliage, twinkling festoon with rich hot chocolates, spiced mulled wine and gourmet popcorn. The perfect setting for a classic Christmas movie!

Friday 21st December 2018 : showing 'The Snowman', 'The Polar Express', 'Elf' & 'Gremlins'

Saturday 22nd December 2018 : showing 'The Gruffalo', 'Home Alone', 'It's a Wonderful Life' & 'Love Actually'

Sunday 23rd December 2018 : showing 'Home Alone', 'The Nightmare Before Christmas', 'Love Actually' & 'White Christmas'

Monday 24th December 2018 : showing 'The Snowman' & 'Elf'

Tickets are selling fast so book online quick here.

The Giant Lanterns of China : Edinburgh Zoo

The Giant Lanterns of China : Edinburgh Zoo

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Markets & shopping

For beautiful festive shopping within fabulous settings head to the Christmas markets. Jupiter Artland and Hopetoun come highly recommended, explore the market mulled cider in hand while the children visit Father Christmas and Rudolph!

Christmas Market : East Princes Street Gardens | 16th November 2018 - 5th January 2019

Christmas Fair at Jupiter Artland | 1st & 2nd December 2018

Summerhall Christmas Market 2018 | 9th December 2018

Hopetoun House Christmas Shopping Fair | 30th November - 2nd December 2018

Hopetoun Christmas Fair

Hopetoun Christmas Fair

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Food & drink

Read our 'Best lunch spots in and around Edinburgh' article for delicious festive lunch & brunch inspiration!

Narcissus Flower School Winter & Christmas workshops

Narcissus Flower School Winter & Christmas workshops

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Ballet, Theatre & Music

We have gathered together the best of the Edinburghs theatre to get even the most scrooge-like in the festive spirit! From Beauty & the Beast in Panto to Scottish Ballets Cinderella and some of the best music and carol concerts in the Capital.

Nativity the Musical | 28th November - 2nd December 2018

King's Theatre Panto : Beauty & the Beast | from the 1st December 2018

Scottish Ballet : Cinderella | 8th - 30th December 2018

Love Actually In Concert: Film with live orchestra | 8th December 2018

La Clique Noel - Part Deux | 16th November 2018 - 5th January 2019

Carols by Candlelight : Usher Hall | 19th December 2018

Dunedin Consort : Messiah | 19th December 2018

Emily Smith's Songs for Christmas | 20th December 2018

Scottish Ballet : Wee Cinderella (for families) | 21st December 2018

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Fundraising

Edinburgh Santa Run| 9th December

Eastside Cottages in December with the snowy Pentland hill peaks beyond

Eastside Cottages in December with the snowy Pentland hill peaks beyond

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Workshops

Hopetoun House wreath making | 9th December 2018

Hopetoun House family Crafternoon : create your own Christmas decorations | 9th December 2018

Narcissus Flower School : Christmas Garland workshop | 5th or 6th December 2018

Narcissus Flower School : Christmas 'setting the scene' workshop | 12th or 13th December 2018

Easel sketching in the Gallery | 6th & 7th December 2018

A Christmas Fairy Tale : Archerfield Walled Garden

A Christmas Fairy Tale : Archerfield Walled Garden

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Scottish Ceilidh

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club (including callers for beginners) | 4th 11th December 2018

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Tours & Lectures

National Museum of Scotland : Discover collection highlights at the with free tours everyday at 11.00, 13.00 & 15.00 | Throughout December 2018

Glenmorangie Annual Lecture : Join design critic and curator Corinne Julius to find out how leading silversmiths are reworking the heritage of their craft | 4th December 2018

Christmas Tour of the National Gallery | 15th December 2018

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Events for children

The Green Man at the Secret Herb Garden | 4th December 2018

A Christmas Fairytale at Archerfield Walled Garden | 7th - 245th December 2018

Wee Treasures (Ages 2-5) : Multisensory storytelling | 1st December 2018

BYOB (Bring your own baby Ages 0-1) : Monthly informal gallery chats for grown-ups with their wee-est ones | 3rd December 2018

Open Studio/ Make an impression (Ages 1-3) : Messy art-making mornings | 4th December 2018

Magic Carpet & Magic Carpet minis : Fun exploration of the Museum of Scotland for pre-schoolers | 7th & 21st December 2018

Walk, Talk, Make (Ages 2-5) :Outdoor explorations of the Modern Art Gallery | 15th December 2018

Family Art Tours (Ages 6+) | 22nd December 2018

Christmas Concert under the Stars : A special festive concert in the Portrait Gallery just for wee ones and their grown-ups. | 14th December 2018

Hogmanay Family Fun at the National Museum of Scotland | 31st December 2018

Edinburgh street photography : Robert Blomfield

Edinburgh street photography : Robert Blomfield

Hopetoun Christmas Shopping Fair

Hopetoun Christmas Shopping Fair

Jupiter Artland Christmas Fair

Jupiter Artland Christmas Fair

Scottish Ballet at Christmas

Scottish Ballet at Christmas

The Giant Lanterns of China : Edinburgh Zoo

The Giant Lanterns of China : Edinburgh Zoo

Hopetoun Christmas Fair

Hopetoun Christmas Fair

Narcissus Flower School Winter & Christmas workshops

Narcissus Flower School Winter & Christmas workshops

Eastside Cottages in December with the snowy Pentland hill peaks beyond

Eastside Cottages in December with the snowy Pentland hill peaks beyond

A Christmas Fairy Tale : Archerfield Walled Garden

A Christmas Fairy Tale : Archerfield Walled Garden

Edinburgh street photography : Robert Blomfield

Edinburgh street photography : Robert Blomfield

Hopetoun Christmas Shopping Fair

Hopetoun Christmas Shopping Fair

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