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Edinburgh — By Andy Hayes on December 21, 2009 at 8:30 am

What’s on Edinburgh – Christmas Edition

It’s Christmas week next week in Edinburgh, so I wanted to suggest to you some top tips for ways to enjoy the city’s while it’s wearing it’s festive colours.  Enjoy – and happy holidays!

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Christmas Carols.  You’ll find some more modern songs as well as traditional Christmas carols by the CoroEdina choir, performing at St John’s Church on December 22nd at 7PM.  St John’s is always decked out for the holidays, so suspect this will be a Christmas show to remember.

Hark, the Herald Angel… Actually, it’s both Angels and Archangels that are on display at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile.  It’s open 10-6 Monday-Saturday, so why not pop in and have a look?  Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, there’s surely something to pique your interest.

Best of Scottish Comedy.  If it’s been a long year for you, why not lighten it up with a splash of brevity from the Best of Scottish show over at The Stand?  While you might have trouble understanding the accents, you’ll be guaranteed some laughs!  The show is playing at 8:30 on the 22nd & 23rd, £6 entry.

A Christmas Collection.  If you’re doing some last minute Christmas shopping, stop by the Scottish Gallery for their Christmas Exhibition.  Some special pieces brought out just for the occasion – and it’s free!  So pop by, you’ll be glad you did.

Church Holiday Services

There are several churches who have public services both Christmas Eve and Christmas day, should you be looking.  Here’s a few recommendations:

  • St. Giles Cathedral:  half hour service on Christmas Eve at 5:15, Watchnight service at 11:30pm, and Holy Communion on Christmas day at 10AM and 11:30AM
  • St Cuthberts: candlelight service Christmas Eve at 11:30pm, Christmas day service 11am
  • Canongate Kirk:  Watchnight Service Christmas eve at 11:30pm, Christmas Day Family Service at 11am
  • St Johns has Christingle and Nativity Play on Christmas Eve at 4:30PM,, Midnight Eucharist at 11:15pm, and Christmas Day Service at 9:45am followed by Service of Lessons and Carols at 11:15am
  • St Mary’s Cathedral has Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas eve at :30pm, Midnight Mass at 11:30pm, and Christmas Morning Choral Eucharist at 10:30am.


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