Sunday 29th November 10am - 10pm
Free Tickets are now available for a host of fun and family friendly events as part of the 2015 St Andrew’s Day Celebrations in St Andrew Square.
Underbelly announce that tickets for their packed St Andrew's Day programme of FREE events can be reserved from today online at www.edinburghschristmas.com.
There will be no finer place to celebrate Scotland's national day than St Andrew Square in the very heart of the city, where all the events take place.
The Edinburgh's Christmas St Andrew's Day celebrations are free to all, including performances within the Speigletent, which are ticketed.
Visitors can pre-book via www.edinburghschristmas.com.
Throughout the day, St Andrew Square will host a diverse selection of free, fun and family-friendly events including: in the Spiegeltent, Stick Man, Royal Scottish Country Dancing, Scottish Storytelling, Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead and Dean Owens and the Whisky Hearts, and out on the Main Stage, Pulse of Place, The Banana Sessions and Blazin’ Fiddles will get you dancing.
Around the site, you will find face painting, a Haggis Hunt for the young at heart and you can also take this opportunity to sample the culinary delights of our Scottish Market.
The celebrations in St Andrew Square on 29 November will be followed by the launch on 30 November of the Virgin Money Street of Light, a stunning architectural installation of over 60,000 lights stretching from the City Chambers to the Tron Kirk, set to the music of local choirs.
Free tickets for the Virgin Money Street of Light are available to book online from 22 October from virginmoneystreetoflight.com.
Edinburgh's Christmas St Andrew's Day programme and the Virgin Money Street of Light are supported as part of Scotland's Winter Festivals.
Selected highlights include:
Stick Man: Based on the beloved book by Gruffalo creators Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, this brilliant stage adaptation of Stick Man returns to Edinburgh’s Christmas following a hit season in 2014. Touching, funny and utterly original this award-winning show has delighted audiences across the country. Packed with puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves the show guarantees more fun than you can shake a stick at!
Dean Owens and the Whisky Hearts: Velvet-voiced Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed singer songwriters and along with his five-piece band will bring his infectious brand of Celtic Americana, from Leith via Nashville to the very heart of the city.
Liz Lochhead: Scotland’s National Poet, multi award winner and veteran Fringe performer, in a celebration of the word - poems, monologues, characters, lyrics, theatre pieces. “An inspirational force in British poetry… has tirelessly brought poetry to the drama and drama into poetry … funny, feisty, full of feeling, a fantastic performer” Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “St Andrew’s Day offers the perfect opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate our great nation by getting involved in a diverse range of events and activities which are happening the length and breadth of the country to mark our national day.
“Over the years Edinburgh’s St Andrews Day celebration has gone from strength to strength, attracting visitors from near and far to a packed programme of family friendly events and activities, which this year also includes the eagerly anticipated Virgin Money Street of Light.”
“Edinburgh’s St Andrews Day is part of the Scottish Government’s Winter Festivals programme which this year has been provided with a record £390,000 of funding to support 22 key cultural events in 14 local authority areas across the country. We want to hear how people are celebrating St Andrews Day and are encouraging them to let us know on #mystandrewsday."
Charlie Wood, Director of Underbelly, said: “We are delighted to be hosting Edinburgh’s St Andrew’s Day celebrations for a second year, with an all day long programme featuring some of the finest Scottish music, poetry and dance – all free - to celebrate Scotland’s national day.There will be something for everyone and it is all free so we urge people to book in advance via www.edinburghschristmas.com.”
Roddy Smith, Chief Executive, Essential Edinburgh, said: “What better way to celebrate St Andrews Day than by attending some wonderful free entertainment in the square bearing his name. Essential Edinburgh are delighted to be working with Underbelly to provide the day of activity in the city centre, just one part of a very exciting programme for Edinburgh’s Christmas.”
St Andrew's Day is Scotland's national day, designed to celebrate the country's history, culture and heritage with people both at home and abroad.
Share your highlights from Edinburgh's St Andrew's Day celebrations using #mystandrewsday.
Tickets for all ticketed events are available from: www.edinburghschristmas.com