So it’s nearly Christmas time again. Here The Edinburgh Blog takes a look at what Edinburgh has to offer in terms of special events, shows, pantomime, theatre and gigs over the festive period. If we’ve missed something worthwhile then let us know using the comments on this post.
The climax of Christmas in Edinburgh is Hogmanay. Street party tickets are available and with doubts about future funding, the celebrations could well be scaled back for subsequent years (although I doubt it). However, the street party has been unexpectedly cancelled , due to bad weather, fairly frequently over the past few years - so it’s by no means a certainty to go-ahead. Anyhow street party passes are available for ¬£5 each. The Concert in the Gardens has a good line-up this year with Kasabian, supported by Idlewild. The ¬£40 tickets for the enclosure are sold out but there is still availability for the ¬£35 entrance to the garden passes. Fairly expensive if you ask me, but it s Hogmanay I guess. Buy your tickets here.
In the build up to Christmas The Edinburgh Playhouse is hosting the White Christmas musical until 8th December. After this it’s the biblical story of Jacob’s favourite son - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which is on tour until the New Year.
The pick of the Edinburgh Festival Theatre’s line-up is The Snowman production from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. This show went down well last year in Edinburgh, so it’s back again (13th-30th December). Take the kids along and prepare for a Christmas filled with recitals of “Walking In The Air”. Also running is Goldilocks and the 3 bears pantomime (King’s Theatre: 1st December - 20th January), this looks an ideal family pantomime to bring in the New Year with. Personally, I’m hoping to see the Scottish Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty production, which is the work of Ashley Page (short-run from 4th January).
The Traverse Theatre’s Christmas Wee Stories are back again with Jock and The Beanstalk (8th-21st December). This promises to be another great show for the kids and tickets are only ¬£7.50. The Royal Lyceum theatre are showing the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of The Wizard of Oz from the 1st - 30th December, which looks a spectacular production and one of the stars in Edinburgh’s Christmas theatre line-up.
On the gigs front there’s Corn Exchange performances by the Manic Street Preachers (3rd December) and The Proclaimers (22nd November). Both are sold out, but I’m sure some kind soul on eBay will tout you their ticket if you cross their palms with considerably more than face value.
And finally, if you’re looking for some alternative night-time entertainment to welcome the New Year in Edinburgh The Hoog (an indoor Edinburgh Hogmanay party) might be just the ticket. This year there are two events: The Hoog (¬£50 per ticket) and The Hoog Royale (¬£60 ticket) - on at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms and Queens Halls, respectively. A few friends have been before and have always had a great time, mainly due to the excellent ceilidh. It’s got to beat the street party, although it should when it costs ten times more per ticket!
The official Edinburgh’s Christmas site offers a comprehensive list of what’s on in Edinburgh over the Christmas/New Year period. Don’t forget the Christmas lights switch on and the unveiling of Winter Wonderland on the 22nd November - head down to Princes Street Gardens.