What's on in Edinburgh in December 2012?
Event of the month
Edinburgh's Christmas (29 November 2012 – 6 January 2013)
Edinburgh is regarded as one of best UK cities to celebrate Christmas and attracts thousands of people every year. Sparkling with lights, funfairs and fireworks and bringing six weeks of festive cheer to the capital, there’s something to brighten up everyone’s winter. - Find out more in our Edinburgh's Christmas blog post.
Foodies Festival – Christmas (1-2 December 2012) - Calling all food lovers – this December the Foodies Festival returns to Edinburgh. Get the chance to meet top celebrity chefs, experience mouth-watering festive dishes and witness top culinary talent from all around the world. Sample dishes and buy treats from over 100 different exhibitors and enjoy a wonderful family, festive day out. - Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE - www.foodiesfestival.com/christmas
Flamenco Noche (2 December 212) - Want to be transported to another land, where the sun shines? Then why not experience an evening full of Flamenco spirit. The performance will feature impeccable flamenco musicians and dancers providing the audience with an electric show. Stick around after the show and enjoy some Spanish tapas. - Alba Flemenca, 74 East Crosscauseway, Edinburgh EH8 9HQ - www.albaflamenca.co.uk
Dirty Dancing (4 – 29 December 2012) - The musical remake of Dirty Dancing has become the fastest selling West End show in history. The show provides audience members with an unparalleled live experience, full of heart-pounding music, romantic story and of course sexy dancing! Are you ready to have the time of your life? - The Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - www.edinburghplayhouse.org.uk
Jason Byrne, People’s Puppeteer (8 December 2012) - Thanks to popular demand, Jason Byrne is back to greet Britain with laughs and madness. Jason’s high-energy gigs have made him the biggest star comedian at Edinburgh Comedy Festival. The ‘People’s Puppeteer’ is a brand new show packed with new props, new stories and his trademark level of insanity - Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE - www.jasonbyrne.ie
Rufus Wainwright (13 December 2012) - Join Rufus for an emotional journey where fans get to be close and personal with arguably one of the world’s greatest songwriters around. The new album Out of the Games, explores death, engagement and new life with help from the collaborator Mark Ronson. - Usher Hall, Lothian Road Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2EA - www.usherhall.co.uk
Torchlight Procession (30 December 2012) - The Torchlight Procession marks the opening of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. Witness thousands of torch carriers form a river of fire as they move through the city. Ending at Calton Hill, crowds will be treated to a spectacular fireworks display. With proceeds from the sale of torches due to go Radio Forth Cash for Kids and Barnardo’s Scotland, this is one festive event not to be missed. - From Parliament Square to Calton Hill - www.edinburghshogmanay.org
Candlelit Concert in St Giles’ Cathedral (31 December 2012) - Experience a festive celebration like no other and enjoy the candlelit ambiance of St Giles’ Cathedral. The evening concert will be a celebration of music performed by the talented St Giles’ Cathedral Choir, directed by Michael Harris. The cathedral’s orchestra, lead by Angus Ramsay will also feature a spectacular array of young soloist. - St Giles' Cathedral, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE - www.edinburghshogmanay.org