The Street of Light
West George Street
20 November to 24 December 6.00pm & 8.00pm
The spectacular Street of Light this year transforms West George Street in Edinburgh’s New Town with its 24 arches each 19 metres high covered in a total of 60,000 bulbs. This year the lights are accompanied by music from local choirs and bands including the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus, the hottest contemporary fiddle music from the Highlands and Islands’ Blazin’ Fiddles and Scotland’s very own bhangra group Tigerstyle. Last year’s spectacular was all about spectating, this year we want to get you singing and dancing.
The Street of Light will open at Light Night on 20 November and then run for 35 days until Christmas Eve, with an expected audience of over 350,000 people. Free to access.
St Andrew Square Ice Rink
18 November 2016 until 7 January 2017
10am – 9.30pm, slots 45 minutes
The elliptical ice rink in St Andrew Square is always a popular draw and a much loved part of Edinburgh’s Christmas, set next to the Christmas Nativity scene in the gardens. Last year 61,000 tickets were issued to festive skaters. This year new sponsors Standard Life are making sure local school children have every opportunity to enjoy the fun, through the donation of 10,000 free tickets.
FESTIVAL SQUARE THEATRE
Underbelly Productions in association with Cameron Mackintosh present
FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
A musical by Clarke Peters
Featuring Louis Jordan’s greatest hits
A major new production of the hit West End and Broadway musical opens at Edinburgh’s Christmas.
Five Guys Named Moe features the toe-tapping and irresistible hits of jazz legend Louis Jordan, including; Early In The Morning, Choo Choo Ch’Boogie and Saturday Night Fish Fry, plus many more performed on stage by a live band.
First seen at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1990, from where it subsequently transferred to the West End winning the Olivier award for Best Entertainment, this musical tells the story of Nomax. Newly single and broke, he finds solace in the Five Guys Named Moe (Big Moe, Four Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe and Little Moe), who emerge to rouse him from his misfortunes with a whole lot of soul, music and infectious energy!
Packed with an uplifting live soundtrack of soul, blues, gospel and early r ‘n’ b, and led by our all-singing, all dancing Five Guys, this high-octane production of Five Guys Named Moe is the ultimate celebration to lift your soul. See this completely new production in the brand new Festival Square Theatre!
18 November to 7 January 2017. Tickets are available to book at edinburghschristmas.com
Morgan & West: A (sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show!
Fringe favourites Morgan & West, as seen on Penn and Teller’s Fool Us and CBBC’s The Slammer, present Charles Dickens’ timeless classic A Christmas Carol. There is only one problem – Mr Morgan hasn’t read it. Well not just one problem, there are also only two of them to play all the parts. Oh, and Mr West is rather insistent on doing a magic show at the same time. How hard can it be?
Fun for all the family in this utterly splendid (and totally silly) Christmas magic show!
1 December to 7 January 2017. Tickets are available to book at edinburghschristmas.com
Sunday 20 November, 1pm – 5pm
Light Night is an event free for all to enjoy, which encapsulates the true spirit of the festive season: family and the community.
Choirs from across Scotland including Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus, Edinburgh’s Got Soul and Sing in the City will perform in front of an expected audience of around 20,000 people.
This year the Street of Light at the west end of George Street will make its first appearance as part of Light Night and the acts will perform on a stage under its lights.
The Christmas Tree on the Mound, a gift to the City of Edinburgh Council from Hordaland County Council in Norway, will be lit as part of the Light Night switch-on.
The Mound Precinct and East Princes Street Gardens
19 November 2016 to 7 January 2017. Free to access.
The Star Flyer: See Edinburgh as you have never seen it before, and this year you might just open your eyes! Located next to the Scott Monument in East Princes Street Gardens.
The Big Wheel: The arrival of the Big Wheel in East Princes Street Gardens signals the festive season has arrived! Take a ride in this Dutch made Ferris wheel’s cosy, covered pods to enjoy spectacular views across the city. Bejewelled with 20,000 lights it makes a joyful addition to Edinburgh’s famous festive skyline.
Santa Land: Santa takes up residence in his festive and cosy Santa Land grotto from 19 November. In the heart of East Princes Street Gardens the grotto is surrounded by Christmas sparkle and magic with the Elves workshop hidden inside the Christmas Tree Maze, if you can find it, the Santa Train and other affordable kids rides.
The European Christmas Market: Over 100 stalls return to East Princes Street Gardens and the Mound Precinct from across northern Europe with a selection of tasty food, warming drinks and beautiful handmade gifts for sale.