Christmas on the Close

Uncover Edinburgh’s Non-Christmas Past
Saturday 19 – Wednesday 23 December 5pm

From the markets on Princes Street to the recently announced Street of Light that will be lighting up the Royal Mile, Christmas can be found around every corner in Edinburgh.

Christmas LanternHowever, this wasn’t always the case. This Christmas, you can delve deeper into Edinburgh’s hidden history and uncover the shocking truth that until recent times, Christmas in the city was banned.

For a limited time only, the attraction will be holding Christmas themed tours revealing the history surrounding Christmas as a once ordinary working day for Scots, with celebrations moved to Hogmanay instead.

The festive tour takes you through more than 300 years of the Close’s history allowing you to step back into Christmas past!

Open throughout the Christmas period*, guests can complement their Christmas tour with a visit to the attraction’s seasonally dressed café. The Royal Exchange Coffee House is a place to enjoy traditional festive fayre from Christmas hot chocolate to mince pies with a Scottish twist whilst admiring the bespoke Christmas tree.


Christmas tours will be running every day at 5pm from Saturday 19th December until Wednesday 23rd December. Pre-booking is recommended; advance bookings can be made by calling 0131 225 0672, online or in person at The Real Mary King’s Close.

*The Real Mary King’s Close will be closed on Christmas Day.