December is a magical time to visit. The Cottages are decorated with wreaths and beautiful trees from the 2nd 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.

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.

Scottish Ballet | Nutcracker

Scottish Ballet | Nutcracker

Jupiter Artland Christmas Fair

Jupiter Artland Christmas Fair

1.

Festivals & Events

Edinburgh Christmas | 17th November 2017 - 7th January 2018

Christmas at the Botanics | 24th November - 30th December 2017

Giant Lanterns of China | Edinburgh Zoo Nights | 1st December 2017 - 25th February 2018

Edinburgh International Magic Festival: Christmas Special | 27th - 30th December 2017

Edinburgh's Hogmanay 18 | 30th December 2017 - 1st January 2018

Grassmarket Christmas Festival | throughout December 2017

National Museum of Scotland : Hogmanay Family Ceilidh | 31st December 2017

2.

Music, Theatre & Ballet

La Clique Noel | 17th November 2017 - 6th January 2018

Shark in the Park | 1st December 2017 - 6th January 2018

Cinderella | 8th - 24th December 2017

The Nutcracker : Scottish Ballet | 9th December - 30th December 2017

Shrek the Musical | 12th December 2017 - 7th January 2018

3.

Markets

Christmas Market : George Street | 17th November - 24th December 2017

Christmas Market : East Princes Street Gardens | 18th November - 24th December 2017

Christmas Fair at Jupiter Artland | 2nd - 3rd December 2017

Summerhall Christmas Market 2017 | 10th December 2017

4.

Exhibitions

Constable & McTaggart : A Meeting of Two Masterpieces | until 25th March 2018

Rebus 30 | until 21st January 2018

Scotland's Early Silver | Until 25th February 2018

Down to Earth | 10th November 2017 - 1st April 2018

Scottish Avant Garde Art: 1900-1950 | 2nd December 2017 - 29th April 2018

Splendours of the Subcontinent | 15th December 2017 - 15th April 2018

Songs for Winter | until 4th March 2018

5.

Sport

Edinburgh Santa Run | 10th December 2017

6.

Workshops

Christmas Wreath Making workshop | 5th December 2017

Easel Sketching in the Gallery | (adults) 7th December 2017

Illustrating books for Children, a Masterclass with James Mayhew | 9th December 2017

Jupiter Artland's Artsparks (for children ages 3 - 5) | 8th December 2017

Jupiter Artland's Festive felting Artsparks (for children aged 8 - 13) | 9th December 2017

Giant Lanterns of China | Edinburgh Zoo

Giant Lanterns of China | Edinburgh Zoo

St Andrew Square Ice Rink | credit Eoin Carey

St Andrew Square Ice Rink | credit Eoin Carey

Constable & McTaggart exhibition

Constable & McTaggart exhibition

Scottish Ballet | Nutcracker

Scottish Ballet | Nutcracker

Jupiter Artland Christmas Fair

Jupiter Artland Christmas Fair

Giant Lanterns of China | Edinburgh Zoo

Giant Lanterns of China | Edinburgh Zoo

St Andrew Square Ice Rink | credit Eoin Carey

St Andrew Square Ice Rink | credit Eoin Carey

Constable & McTaggart exhibition

Constable & McTaggart exhibition