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The Close of Christmas Past

Christmas in Edinburgh 2023

Discover The Close of Christmas Past on a 1-hour tour

This Christmas in Edinburgh, step into the past at The Real Mary King’s Close to join Janet and Andrew Chesney on a journey through Christmas history. This exclusive tour delves into Scotland’s fascinating (and surprisingly recent!) tradition of celebrating the Yuletide. With a member of the Chesney family as your guide, the last family of residents to live on Mary King’s Close, discover how life unfolded on The Close over the centuries. Meanwhile, unveil the truth about a 400-year ban on Christmas festivities, and why these resurged in popularity during the 19th century.

Janet Chesney reading a book
Janet Chesney in her home at No. 8, Royal Exchange (Mary King’s Close)

Witness as Edinburgh transforms from a city with humble traditions to a place where holiday cheer abounds. Janet and Andrew will reveal to guests how Christmas was kept in homes throughout the city – such as their own on Mary King’s Close. What’s more, learn about how Edinburgh inspired one of the greatest Christmas stories ever written… A Christmas Carol. This special 1-hour tour intertwines the fascinating evolution of the Scottish Yuletide with insights into the Victorian era at The Real Mary King’s Close.

What can you expect? 

The Close of Christmas Past 1-hour tour (up to 20ppl).

x1 character guide: Andrew OR Janet Chesney.

PRICE: £500 per tour.

Why not round off your 1-hour journey through Christmas Past with a festive feast at Luckenbooths?

Situated just next door to us inside the Cheval Old Town Chambers, Luckenbooths has specially selected a range of dishes that capture the spirit of the season and echo centuries of tradition. Savour mouth-watering delights such as pan-fried hake, roast turkey and spiced nut and lentil roast. Relish the sweetness of Christmas pudding, chocolate and candied orange brownie, gingerbread paired with pineapple salsa… and much more! Celebrate the Yuletide with this warming feast, inspired by the history and stories of the Scottish Yuletide.

What can you expect?

The Close of Christmas Past 1-hour tour (up to 20ppl).

x1 festive dining experience Luckenbooths.

PRICE: Enquire within.

A Taste of Christmas Past

Private Dining Experience this Christmas in Edinburgh

Christmas tree with Plague Doctor bauble

Alternatively, you can opt for a more relaxed and intimate dining experience at Luckenbooths, where you’ll have the opportunity to engage in a 20-minute interaction with either Janet or Andrew Chesney. They will guide you through the rich history of Christmas and its unique development in Scotland, offering a deeper understanding of the traditions and stories that have shaped this holiday over time. It’s a delightful way to immerse yourself in the festive spirit while enjoying a memorable dining experience.

What can you expect?

x1 festive dining experience at Luckenbooths.

x1 20-minute character interaction with Andrew OR Janet Chesney.

PRICE: Enquire within.

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