What’s On In Edinburgh & Glasgow

So you’ve seen the Christmas light switch-on, took part in the Santa Run, visited all the Christmas markets within a 50 mile radius and are still planing to do more this month?

Hats off to you! Here’s a round up of all the other non-traditional festive activities taking place through December and into January for you to enjoy.



Yes, you read that right. An entire festival dedicated to chocolate is coming to Edinburgh this month, providing another opportunity for you to completely stuff your face with the good-stuff in the most chocolate-filled month of the year.

Chocolatiers from across the country will be attending, bringing samples and tasters of some of the best chocolate with them and you can purchase some last minute Christmas shopping here because who doesn’t love chocolate, it’s the perfect gift.

https---cdn-2.evbuc.com-images-24776529-134489771209-1-originalThere will also be live music, workshops, a chocolate cocktail bar, a chocolate school, food trucks and a Santa’s Grotto made entirely out of chocolate, where kids can visit and get a free gift from Santa. The event is running from 17-18 December at the Biscuit Factory in Edinburgh and tickets range from £7.50 – £10.50, plus booking fee.


From the team behind the UK’s largest Magic Festival comes the inaugural festive production MagicFest Christmas Special: Collection of Wonders. After rave reviews for their 2016 MagicFest, which I can personally vouch for being unbelievably magical, the new winter edition is set to be every bit as exciting with a heart-warming mix of thrilling magic, mind-reading and cutting-edge illusions.

Aside from host Kevin Quantum, who will be adding a touch of comedy to the festival, five top magicians from across the UK will also be performing at the event, plus a special guest performer from France. After all the usual Christmas related activities are out of the way, embrace this alternative festive experience for a day (or all four days) not to be missed.

The MagicFest Christmas Special is running at the George Square theatre from 27-30 December and tickets are £16 (concession), £18 (adult) and £14 (child).

12246987_917331608342597_7045692231583471134_n-1LAST PITT STREET MARKET OF 2016

It’s the last Pitt Street Market of the year on 17 December and we’re already anxiously awaiting its return in 2017.

After launching in 2015, the now weekly market has quickly earned its reputation for high quality, affordable street food (from the likes of The Buffalo Food Truck, Barnacles & Bones, Rost Eats and The Marshmallow Lady) and the cosy, friendly vibes.

If you’ve not headed over yet, make sure you pop by – we guarantee you’ll be counting down the days, like us, until you can visit again.


Morgan_and_west_christmas_for_web_750x490Since December is the most magical month of the year, we can’t help but recommend the new show from the “World’s most distinguished duo of Time Travelling Magicians, Morgan & West”.

They’ll be bringing their take on Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, to the Festival Square Theatre which runs throughout December and ends on 7 January.

The fun Christmas show offers some much-needed light, magical relief from the pressures of the festive season. Tickets prices start at £13.


2016-04-28-ger 6Kickstart your New Year Resolution with the Great Edinburgh Run on 7 January – a 5K that starts in Holyrood Park.

It’ll be the perfect event to try and beat your PB before it even feels like 2017 has begun and might even be the encouragement you need to stay motivated through the winter months, after all if you can get through a 5K in January, what’s to stop you going for a full marathon in the summer – dream big!



The festive period just doesn’t feel complete without the annual trip to the Irn-Bru Festival and adrenaline lovers are in for a treat this year with the arrival of two new thrill rides – ‘King Loops’ and ‘Superbowl’, along with the ‘Ice Mirror Maze’ for kids.

Car 2 smallCelebrating over 95 years of providing fun over the festive period, this year’s carnival will see the ‘Sticky Wall’ making its big return thanks to popular demand and the ‘Drop Zone’, ‘Top Star’ and ‘Speed Buzz’ will all also feature at the event and don’t forget it’s pretty much a requirement to consume your bodyweight in candyfloss.

The carnival is running at the SECC from 21 Dec – 15 January (excluding Christmas Day) and standard entry is £13, which includes 10 vouchers.



The greatest Marvel Superheroes are uniting for the first time this January for a spectacular show that will make the perfect Christmas present for the superhero obsessed person in your life.

The show will feature more than 25 Marvel Superheroes and villains in the new production as they battle over the Cosmic Cube –
the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe.

With incredible stunts, developed by the team behind Thor and The Amazing Spider-Man films, and some of the latest innovations in aerial pyrotechnics being utilised for the show, it should make for an incredible day out for any and all Superhero fans.

Tickets range from £22.70 – £56.75 and the show is running at the SECC from 4-8 January.

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A fun, thrilling and magical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s wintery tale comes from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland this December.

The Snow Queen has cast a spell on Kay – freezing his heart and stealing him away to her Ice Palace – all part of her wicked plan to turn the world into winter.

But young Gerda has different ideas and undertakes a daring quest to rescue both Kay and the world from the Snow Queen’s icy grip.

The exciting adventure is suitable for ages 6+ and runs from 8-16 December. Tickets range from £5 – £20. rcs. ac.uk/boxoffice


Some people find January a bit miserable and let it pass by without much happening.

Don’t be that person, embrace the month by attending the high-octane ArenaCross tour when it returns to Glasgow on 14 January.

Some of the biggest stars in the MX world will be displaying their seemingly impossible skills with 40ft high tricks and flips. Tickets range from £10 – £39.


The first ever Glasgow Tattoo is happening this January with some of the best musicians and dancers from Scotland, Ireland and Europe heading to the SECC from 19-21 January.

Unlike other tattoos, the inaugural
Glasgow event will feature no military pipe bands. However, there will be plenty of other pipe band performances, along with dancing from the Glasgow Tattoo Highland Dance Troupe and the Innova Irish Dance Troupe.

Tickets start at £35.

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