From a night of Queen tunes inspired by the Bohemian Rhapsody flick, to the kick off of Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations, Rachel Wagner breaks down everything happening in Auld Reekie this month.
Yule Fest Leith
Leith, 5th November – 5th January
A two month celebration of the best independent bars in Edinburgh’s coolest area. Leith has become a festive cocktail community with exclusive events, mixology masterclasses, live music, talks and more – plus £5 cocktails with your festival pass.
Ice Skating Rink
St Andrew Square, 16th November – 5th January 2019
Get your skates on and glide all the way round the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge in St Andew Square on a beautiful elliptical ice rink. Adult tickets are £9.
Princes St Gardens, 17th November – 5th January
Can you smell the mulled wine? Edinburgh’s traditional Christmas markets begin next weekend, transforming the city into a magical, romantic winter wonderland. With rides, shopping, food, arts and crafts stalls and bars, it’s bound to get you into the Christmas spirit.
George St, 18th November
Join the crowds as Edinburgh lights up George Street with a fireworks display. Choirs from across Scotland will perform in front of an expected audience of around 20,000 people, and there’ll be a performance by Saskia Eng from The Voice. The Christmas Tree on the Mound, a gift to the City of Edinburgh Council from Hordaland County Council in Norway, will also be lit as part of the Light Night switch-on.
Book Week Scotland
Scotland, 19th – 25th November
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November. Events include book clubs, storytelling, craft workshops, cheese and wine reading groups and conversations with authors. Writers to see include Juno Dawson, Iain MacDonald and Stuart MacBride.
Christmas at the Botanics
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 23rd November – 29th December
Edinburgh’s most beautiful gardens come alight with over one million twinkling lights. Follow the trail through the Botanics every night to spot larger-than-life incandescent flowers, illuminated tree sculptures, a scented fire garden and of course, Santa. Sip on spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate and eat roasted chestnuts. You can even toast your own marshmallows on a fire pit. All profits from this event go to plant research and conservation work.
Foodies Festival Christmas
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 23rd – 25th November
Foodies Festival is bringing the flavours of Christmas to Edinburgh this month, with some of the UK’s top chefs coming together to cook, eat and talk all things food. From bake-offs to champagne tastings and Christmas canape workshops, this is a foodie’s paradise. Tickets start at £10.
Don’t Stop Me Now – the Ultimate Queen Club Night
The Liquid Rooms, 24th November
Did you fall in love with Freddie Mercury all over again watching the new movie? Head on down to the Liquid Rooms for ALL the Queen anthems mixed with the biggest songs from other iconic artists of the same era plus the very best power ballad sing-alongs you could ever dream of. There’ll be giveaways, moustache and glitter makeover station and a Bohemian Rhapsody 2am sing along and live stream. Get in quick, tickets are now on final release.