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Edinburgh‘s International Storytelling Festival is one of the most admired storytelling events in the world and the largest of its kind – both from a programming and participation perspective, encompassing a wealth of cultures, traditions and styles. Enchanting performances, workshops, talks and events centred around traditional storytelling. This celebration of live oral traditions and cultural diversity brings together Scottish and international storytellers and musicians, to celebrate rhythms and methods of storytelling. Inspired by the Scottish ceilidh tradition and its sense of togetherness, this is an inviting community gathering full of tales, anecdotes, music, songs and ballads. What makes it special? From storytelling performances to panel discussions, and an engaging family strand of storytelling activities around Halloween, there’s something here for all Festival-goers to get involved with. Although each event has a structure, there will always be an informal and improvised element to the performance, as the magic of live storytelling is the immediate connection between teller and listener. The Festival began in 1989 and grows every year, with more people engaging with charismatic storytellers using their words to spin bridges between worlds.

It’s Christmas! A time to get ridiculously merry as we start holidays, and on Edinburgh’s Santa Pub Crawl we’re going to find out if you’re actually naughty or nice! Get dressed up as Christmassy as you dare, and then dare to complete the challenges given to you throughout the night. Some of them are naughty, some of them nice, so by the end of the bar tour, we’ll know exactly which side of the list you’re on! Here’s what Naughty Santa is giving you: FREE ENTRY TO 4 BARS! FREE SHOT AT EACH BAR! DRINK DEALS EVERYWHERE! PHOTOGRAPHER ALL NIGHT! WHAT TO EXPECT? So you’re all dressed up in either your Rudolph outfit, or Christmas Jumper, or snowman gear, or maybe just some wrapping paper 😉 and you head out ready for your Edinburgh SantaCon 2018. You will meet our fabulous, dressed hosts at the door where you’ll show your ticket, and in return receive your Santa Pub Crawl for the night. You’ll head to four more great bars/clubs where everyone is in the Christmas spirit, ready to drink and dance the night away, where you will, of course, receive your free shots and exclusive drinks deals all night. Let’s get Christmassy!

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is one of the world’s greatest New Year celebrations. Join us for three days of spectacular events, incredible bands and amazing audiences from every corner of the globe joins to show the world how to party! Watch or join in as the enchanting Torchlight Procession passes through Old Town in Edinburgh on 30 December, before grabbing your ticket for the famous Hogmanay Street Party and a spectacular fireworks display on 31 December. There’s also a toe-tapping ceilidh and concert in Princes Street Gardens too. On 1 January brave souls can take a ‘refreshing’ (read icy cold!) dip in the Firth of Forth during the annual Loony Dook. Spectators are more than welcome to cheer the looks on from the sidelines!