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Christmas Diary 2013
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||Christmas Light Night
The famous Christmas Tree on the Mound, given to the City of Edinbrgh by
the people of Hordaland,Norway, will be lit, in conjunction with the lights in Princes St.
East Garden Princes St. 5.30pm onwards for the launch of Capital Christmas
The Christmas Light Night will also see, for the first time ever, the hugely popular Edinburgh Wheel, Winter Wonderland and the Traditional German Christmas Market all open simultaneously from 5.30pm in a sensational start to Edinburgh’s winter festivals.
Christmas carols, music and fireworks. With a wide variety of food, drink and exciting rides, it's the perfect start to Edinburgh's Christmas
Traditional German Christmas Market
29 November 2012 - 24 December 2012
Experience all the magic of a Traditional German Christmas Market in the heart of Edinburgh. Situated in a new location at Mound Precinct, this fantastic market is the perfect place to find all your Christmas gifts or just soak up the Christmas atmosphere with a warming mug of gluwein
The Winter Gardens are open throughout the Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations until January 6 2013
The Christmas & Flying Carousels
East Princes Street Gardens
Take a nostalgic spin on the beautiful Christmas Carousel. This old fashioned ride delights both young and old spinning in the heart of Edinburgh's Christmas.
If the Christmas Carousel just isn't fast enough for you then try the new addition to Edinburgh's Christmas 'The Flying Carousel.' This old fashioned chair-o-plane ride is sure to set hearts racing as it flies through the air.
|Dec 1st - Dec 6th
||Local Lights On Ceremonies
Local light switch ons:
Edinburgh Sherwood Guest House lighting up for Christmas at approximately 18.00 on the 1st Dec if we can wait that long
Thursday 29 November From 17.00
Mound Place, George Street, Rose St, Princes St Gardens, Cockburn St, Victoria St, Lawnmarket to John Knox House
Friday 30 November
18:45 Davidson's Mains
Tuesday 4 December
18:00 Lauriston Pl/Tollcross, St. Patrick's Sq
18:30 Corstorphine Old Parish Church
Wednesday 5 December
16:30 Holy Corner>br>
18:30 Grassmarket Christmas Tree, Corstorphine Old Parish Church
Thursday 6 December
15.45 Kirkgate Leith
16:00 South Queensferry High St
18:00 Restalrig Road South
Friday 7 December
18:00 Prestonfield Av. & Prestonfield Ter
Saturday 8 December
16:00 Marchmont Cres. & Warrender Park Rd
Monday 10 December
18:30 Newhaven School
This section will be added to as we get details.
|various see listing
||The Edinburgh Wheel
The Edinburgh Wheel & Winter Gardens Carousel
Enjoy an exhilarating view of the city on the famous Edinburgh Wheel or a more relaxed ride on the beautiful Winter Gardens Carousel.
Open daily 10am - 10pm
New Year's Eve 10am - 8pm
Closed Christmas Day
Britain's biggest and most beautiful outdoor ice rink. Skate outdoors filled with twinkling festive lights beneath the fabulous setting of Edinburgh's Castle and the National Gallery.
Winter Wonderland transforms East Princes Street Gardens into an exciting world of ice with fun for both adults and children.
Wheter a skater or a spectator, warm up with our traditional mulled wine or steaming hot chocolate from the rink-side stalls and savour a mix of contemporary and traditional hot and cold food.
Come and be a part of the magic that is Edinburgh's Winter Wonderland.
Last sessions starts 1 hour before closing time.
Visit www.winterwonderland.org for more Details. |
Open daily except Christmas Day.
Skating prices vary:
|from 17.30 nov 25th
||The Farmers' Market
Edinburgh will again play host to the ultimate outdoor shopping experience under the splendid backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the multi-award winning Edinburgh Farmers' Market offers the finest produce available and food as fresh as fresh can be. dates/times will be confirmed soon!
||Nativity Scene |
Princes Street Gardens, at the site of the Floral Clock, foot of the Mound
Tim Chalk of Chalk Works was commissioned to carve the Nativity Scene in 2003. His approach to the project was to work with the pre-conceived ideas that many people have of a nativity scene. His aim was to attract attention and stimulate debate to encourage people to consider and perhaps reassess their assumptions.
The sculpture aims to present a timeless universal image of dispossessed people sheltering in a derelict structure. It could be from Palestine 2000 years ago or Baghdad in recent weeks. Tim was driven to create a piece that conveyed the emotional intensity of the arrival of a new baby and to encourage people to focus on the core values of the Christmas story.
The sculpture has been warmly received – perhaps for its humanity and universality.
Edinburgh’s Christmas would like to extend special thanks to Sir Tom and Lady Farmer for donating the Nativity Scene to the city.
||Nativity Carol Service
Princes Street Gardens, at the site of the Floral Clock, foot of the Mound
This event is free
On Advent Sunday, we invite all to join in singing some of your favourite carols.
His Eminence the Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien will bless Tim Chalk’s striking Nativity Scene and a rousing chorus the Choir will warm up this outdoor winter afternoon.
With thanks to Edinburgh Churches Together for their assistance and support of this event.
||Norwegian Carol Concert |
St Giles Cathedral, High Street
Norwegian Advent Carol Concert for all the family in the picturesque settings of Edinburgh's medieval cathedral.
This event is free.
In honour of our cultural links and to celebrate our close association with Norway, Hordaland County Council will host an Advent Carol Concert in the City Church of Edinburgh, St. Giles’ Cathedral.
St Giles' glorious architecture makes a memorable setting for some sublime music.
Come and greet the festive spirit with carol singing for all the family.
|19:00 - 21:00
|9 December 14 – 16 December 21 – 23 December
||Santa’s Reindeer Garden
Come and visit the Reindeer between 11am and 3pm in St Andrew Square – look out and you might catch Santa visiting his Reindeer to feed them and check up on preparations for the big day!
|10.00 - 18.00
||Santa Fun Run
West Princes Street Gardens
After the huge success of 2005 The Great Scottish Santa Run is back to create the largest Santa Run in Scotland.
Anyone can enter this fundraising event, with Santa's over 12 years of receiving their own Santa suit (to keep!!). Join 1000's of other participants in a fun 1.5km circuit of West Princes Street Gardens. Under 12's can take part as elves and will receive a medal from Santa when they finish.
All children taking part must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Money raised will go to the 'When you wish upon a star' charity to grant wishes to children with life threatening illness.
£12.50 adults/£7.50 children
phone 0115 978 1500 or use
www.thesantarun.org.uk website for contact details.
|11:00 - 14:00
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