A fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound, join the iconic event in Edinburgh this week.
St.Giles Cathedral is hosting the Museum of the Moon, a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. This event starts today and will be in Edinburgh until Sunday 27th January 2019. Measuring seven metres in diameter and featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.
To celebrate the installation, Burns&Beyond will present an accompanying programme of lunar inspired events, talks and concerts beneath the moon. The Cathedral will has organised candle lit evening sessions 21 – 27 January, allowing ticket holders to witness the installation in full illumination accompanied a lunar inspired soundtrack, composed by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composerDan Jones.
21 January Preview Night Candle Lit Evening Sessions
22 January Candle Lit Evening Sessions + Moon Talks + Clair de lune – Live sounds from NASA Space Station
23 January Candle Lit Evening Sessions + Rachel Sermanni Performance
24 January Candle Lit Evening Sessions + St.Giles Choir Performance
25 January Candle Lit Evening Sessions + Roddy Woomble Performance
26 January Candle Lit Evening Sessions + Martin Green – Disarming Reverberations Performance
Each timed session has a set capacity and we expect sessions to be extremely popular. We recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
This event is featuring hundreds of gigantic lanterns inspired by mythical creatures from Scottish and Chinese folklore and endangered animals across the world. Over 450 lanterns will be lighting a magical trail around Edinburgh Zoo this winter! You will be able to spot some unicorns, giants, kelpies and even the Loch Ness monster!
For centuries, the Chinese have celebrated the start of their New Year in late January or early February by displaying multicoloured lanterns in a range of shapes and sizes. Along with marking the pending arrival of spring, the custom also serves as a showcase of Chinese artistry.
Escape into a world of folktales and fantasy with over 450 beautifully crafted lanterns lighting a magical trail through the Zoo. For 50 legendary nights, the Zoo will be home to unicorns, giants, kelpies and even the Loch Ness Monster, alongside animals past and present.
Traditionally, lantern-makers crafted their works of art from bamboo and paper, but these days, Chinese artisans are creating modern-day versions out of metal, silk and energy-efficient LED lighting. Walking through this lantern gateway really enhanced the journey and gave one a sense of awe.
For six weeks, Scotland’s Capital city transforms into a magical winter wonderland. The city offers no shortage of things to see, do and enjoy with a programme designed to get you into the Scottish festive spirit. Marking the true beginning of festival celebrations, the Light Night takes place at 3.00 pm on Sunday 18th November.
Choirs from across Scotland will perform in front of an expected audience of around 20,000 people, as George Street will be lit up with spectacular fireworks. What’s unique this year is that Saskia Eng, one of the contestants on this year’s The Voice, will be delivering a live music performance and switching on the city’s Christmas lights.
Besides this, the Christmas Tree on the Mound, a gift to the City of Edinburgh Council from Hordaland County Council in Norway, will also twinkle in the winter’s dark night sky.
However, the city’s enthusiasm for festivals leads to an even earlier kickoff for this winter carnival. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you have already seen the construction of the Star Flyer, the Big Wheel and the Yeti when walking along Princes Street. From Friday 16th Nov, all the rides, attractions and shows will be successively revealed, welcoming local residents and visitors from all over the world to appreciate the spirit of the festive season.
Apart from the conventional ice skating, Christmas market, 24 Doors of Advent and Winter Windows, there is a sparkling new event this year—Silent Night: singing and dancing under a spectacular array of 60,000 lights synchronised to music heard only through headphones. Simply treat yourself to a mug of glühwein or hot chocolate to warm up before a memorable Christmas night-out.
You can find the full programme of Edinburgh’s Christmas 2018here
Tonight is Bonfire Night across the UK! It’s traditionally celebrated by setting off fireworks and burning a ‘Guy’ (an effigy made of straw or paper and old clothes) on a bonfire.
This event held annually on 5th November commemorates the gunpowder plot of 1605 when a group of Catholics plotted to assassinate the Protestant King James (known as James I of England and James VI of Scotland) by blowing up the Houses of Parliament in London. The plan failed and the plotters were found guilty of high treason and were hung, drawn and quartered. Guy Fawkes, the man in charge of the explosives, became the most notorious of the group. Bonfire Night is sometimes referred to as Guy Fawkes Night, and the straw man or ‘Guy’ that is traditionally burnt on the bonfire is named after him.
Whether you live in Edinburgh, or close by, this year there are more events than ever to help you celebrate Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up the House of Lords. If you’re in the city centre then head to Meadowbank Annual Fireworks Display tonight, where gates open at 6pm and fireworks burst from 7.30pm.
During the winter months in Edinburgh, you will have not only the possibility to experience seasonal events but also the opportunity to re-discover the city from a new point of view. From the Christmas market to New Year’s day, Edinburgh has so many different things to do, you will surely find something you love…
The two most famous places to go shopping in Edinburgh are undoubtedly Princes Street and George Street. But the beautiful Victoria Street in the old town is also a great place to find a variety of shops, bistros, restaurants and cafes. It also has its very own dedicated Christmas Shop which is open all year round!
The Christmas Market
The Christmas Market (also called the European Christmas Market) takes place each year from 19th November until the 7th January and is located on East Princes Street Gardens. This market is said to be quite romantic. There, you can buy food, drinks, gifts and crafts from around the world.
Walks in the snow
The Meadows is a large public park. Sometimes, during winter, it’s beautifully covered by the snow and children (but also adults) usually like to play there. There is also the Royal Botanic Garden which is nice to see and walk in when there is snow.
Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay
Edinburgh New Year (known as Hogmanay in Scotland) and Christmas are the biggest and most famous events taking place in winter. During those days, many events and activities will run in and around the city. If you want to have more information on the activities taking place during this time, please have a look at this blog.
Theatre, Ballet, Pantomime…
Edinburgh also has a wide range of different cultural activities for the winter. On the programme: theatre, ballet, circuses and pantomime. Whichever cultural event you would like to watch, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Just remember to book your tickets early! Black Beauty at The Traverse theatre is a famous classic tale which will be performed on stage during December in Edinburgh.
Make a Christmas wreath
On 17th and 18th December, you can learn how to make your very own Christmas wreath from scratch with at Lauriston Castle. During the workshop, you will create a beautiful giant wreath using fresh greenery grown at the castle.
The UK’s biggest touring cheese festival heading to Edinburgh again!
Foodies will be able to taste some of the finest produce being offered by UK traders
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November 2018
From traditional cheeses to Mozzarella sticks, halloumi fries and the most amazing mac and cheese expect to learn about all types of cheese, wines and the best beers that go along with those cheeses at a day that will melt you into a deep love of all things cheese.
This year’s festival, held at the Corn Exchange, was initially set to run on the Saturday only – but a surge in the demand for tickets has resulted in the Sunday extension. This will be the second time that Cheese Fest has come to the capital, and there will be a host of brand new cookery demonstrations taking place throughout the day. Among those showcasing their skills will be Sean Wilson, an award-winning cheese maker.
The CheeseFest 2018 will bring even more vendors and brand new to Edinburgh …
Live bands and music all day
Outdoor hot food arena and food market open all day