What’s on

This is one of the most beautiful times in Edinburgh, and there is no shortage of events to keep you entertained whether you’re a resident or visitor. Read on for details of some of the most exciting events coming to city over the coming months.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival – 19 October – 31 October 2018

Every year, storytellers from all over the globe gather in Edinburgh to take part in this celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity. The 30th Scottish International Storytelling Festival’s theme is Growing Stories, and the heart of this year’s programme is the shared culture of Scotland and Ireland, with their international connections and influence, and the way in which Celtic traditions unite word, image and sound to pack a big emotional punch. Come along and discover something new at the world’s finest feast of traditional storytelling.

Samhuinn Fire Festival – 31 October 2018

The Samhuinn Fire Festival celebrates the Celtic New Year, marking the end of summer and welcoming the onset of winter. For the first time ever, this stunning event will take place on Calton Hill, allowing for a totally immersive experience with wild drumming, acrobatics, fire-dancing, intricate costumes and battles between the otherworldly forces of the seasons. This new venue means that you can get closer to this thrilling spectacle than ever before, so don’t miss your chance to see these talented performers in action.

Giant Lanterns of China– 16 November 2018 – 17 February 2019


The Giant Lanterns of China are set to return to Edinburgh Zoo this winter. Discover a new and exciting adventure as Scottish myths, ancient Chinese legends and incredible creatures come to life. Escape into a world of folk tales and fantasy, with over 450 beautifully crafted lanterns lighting a magical trail through the Zoo. For 50 legendary nights, Edinburgh Zoo will be home to unicorns, giants, kelpies and even the Loch Ness Monster. This unique and special event also includes handmade crafts from Chinese artisans in the festive marketplace and seasonal hot drinks and snacks to keep you warm.

Christmas at the Botanics23 November – 29 December 2018

botanicsMake sure you pay a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh this festive season, as the garden transforms into a magical light trail just in time for Christmas. Enter a world festooned with seasonal cheer as you wander beneath unique tree canopies and alongside the iconic Glasshouses drenched in Christmas colour. The gardens will become a place where fairytale meets fantasy, with larger-than-life incandescent flowers, illuminated tree sculptures, frosty snowflakes, stars and baubles. You might even be able to glimpse Santa and his elves along the way.

These are just a few of the great events coming up in over the next few months in Edinburgh – keep an eye on our Guide to What’s On in Edinburgh at edinburgh.org/whats-on and keep up to date with the latest events happening in Scotland’s capital city.


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