Christmas and New Year Opening Hours for Edinburgh Attractions in 2020

Edinburgh Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

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Are you wondering what is open in Edinburgh on Christmas Day and over the Hogmanay period in 2019/2020?

Here’s a list of Edinburgh’s most popular attractions and their opening hours.

These will be updated as more opening hours are released.

Do you know any restaurants or attractions that will be open in Edinburgh over Christmas and Hogmanay? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to this list!

Edinburgh Castle

  • Christmas Day – Closed
  • Boxing Day (26th December) – Closed
  • 1 January, open from 11am to 5pm.
  • Normal opening times resume on 2 January.

More information can be found here.

Holyrood Palace

Holyrood Palace will be closed on the following dates:

  • 25th-26th December 2019

Revised opening hours apply on the following dates:

  • 24 December 2019: Last admission at 14:15, and the Palace will close at 15:30.
  • 31 December 2019: Last admission at 14:45, and the Palace will close at 16:00.
  • 1 January 2020: The Palace will open at 11:00.

More information can be found here.

Edinburgh Christmas Markets

The Edinburgh Christmas Market opens on Saturday 16 November 2019 and runs until Saturday 4 January 2020.

The market is open from 10am – 10pm every day apart from:

  • 24 December 10am-8pm
  • Christmas Day – Closed
  • 26 December 12pm-8pm
  • 31 December 10am-6pm
  • 1 January 12pm-8pm

The Real Mary King’s Close

Tours are running between these times:

  • Until 19th December 10.15am-5.30pm
  • 20 December 10.15am-9pm
  • 21 December 10am-9pm
  • 22 December 10am-6pm
  • 23 December 10am-5.30pm
  • 24 December 10am-3.30pm
  • Christmas Day – Closed
  • 26 December (Boxing Day) 11am-6pm.
  • 27th-30th December 10am-9pm
  • 31 December 10am-4.30pm
  • 1 Jan (New Year’s Day) 11am-9pm
  • 2nd-4th January 10am-9pm
  • 5 January 10am-5.30pm

More information can be found here.

National Museum of Scotland

  • 16th December-24th December 10am-5pm
  • Christmas Day – Closed
  • 26 December 12pm-5pm
  • 27th December-31st December 10am-5pm
  • 1 January 12pm-5pm

More information can be found here.

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

  • 16th-23rd December 9am-9pm
  • 24 December 9am- 7pm
  • Christmas Day – Closed
  • 26 December (Boxing Day) 10am-9pm
  • 27th-31st December 9am-9pm
  • 1 Jan 10am-9pm
  • 2nd-6th January 9am-9pm

More information can be found here.

The Scotch Whisky Experience

  • Saturday 21st December – Friday 3rd January – operating on extended opening hours. Tours will run from 10am – 6.20pm, with Platinum Tours at 6.45pm and 7.15pm (dependent on availability). The Whisky Shop will be open from 10am – 9pm daily. Additional Tasting Tales sessions at 4pm daily from Thursday 26th December through till Thursday 2nd January (excluding Christmas Day).
  • Christmas Day – Closed

Visiting Edinburgh?

If you’re looking for more inspiration on things to see in Edinburgh, check out my handy guide and my 2 day Edinburgh itinerary.



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