The Guide to the Best Christmas Shows in Edinburgh

With so many ways to celebrate Christmas this year in the Capital, it’s important to remember that it’s not all about shopping and buying gifts until you drop. Christmas is about experiencing all the treats on offer. Forget trying to source the Turkey that will feed the 5000, or the tree decorations that will make you the envy of your neighbours, or light a small nation. This Christmas, make it about you and those you love, having fun. With so many festive shows taking centre stage across the city, here is our best recommendations. From the traditional Christmas shows, pantos, and concerts to the wonderful, timeless ballet that will melt even the frostiest of hearts.


This acrobatic extravaganza is one definitely to see. This Australian circus company renowned for wowing Fringe audiences in the Summer with their acrobatic feats, the great and wonderful Circa are back in Edinburgh this Christmas with jaw-dropping show ‘Beyond’. Expect an hour that explores the boundaries between human and animal, balladry and electronica, personal storytelling and entertaining performance.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

What Christmas is complete without a perfect Panto! Oh yes it is! The now famous all star cast is returning once again to the Kings. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is taking a modern twist on the Disney classic. Expect costumes, comedy and local humour that will have the children giggling and the adults sniggering. This Christmas Show takes the tale of the beautiful Snow White, her handsome prince, and her seven buddies – Dopey, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Doc, Grumpy and Bashful.



Still on the topic of modern classics, The Scottish Ballet have taken this timeless tale and created a beautiful masterpiece of dance and romance. This renowned tale, with the powerful music and acting is sure to have your inner love-struck Cinderella coming out. This critically acclaimed performance of Cinderella will definitely bring out the festive in you. When you wish upon a star, this Christmas Show in Edinburgh is what your fairy godmother will grant you. Watch Cinderella ballet and twirl her way into the ball, into the arms of her prince, and dance away again. If only she left a glass slipper behind…

 cinderella ballet

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Stop off at The Lyceum Theatre in the midst of your Winter day out at the markets and watch the seasonal adaption of CS Lewis’ classic tale. Step through the wardrobe, leaving the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh behind and join the kids, the animals and that awful witch in this seasonally acclaimed perfect Christmas outing to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. This Christmas show takes the unatural and throws it all onto the one stage. With the fantastically designed Aslan, to the terribly evil with, this christmas show is one of all ages.