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24 Doors of Advent: Edinburgh's giant real-life advent calendar

For the first time, this year Edinburgh is bringing you a giant real-life advent calendar with a twist!

Each day from 1 – 24 December you can peek behind a door a day of a building in Edinburgh that’s usually closed to the public, as you would in an advent calendar, and discover a hidden heritage gem. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the city’s architecture, places and spaces in the run up to Christmas Day, and best of all – it’s completely free.

So forget the snowman-shaped chocolates in paper calendars and enjoy the new discoveries. Click on the little numbered doors below to reveal information on the site opened each day and make your countdown to Christmas even more fun than usual! Remember to check the full list of times and addresses, too, and share your experiences with us via Facebook and Twitter using #brilliantmoments and #24Doors.

The project is produced by Edinburgh’s Christmas and the Cockburn Association.

Start exploring!


* December 5th – James Clerk Maxwell’s birthplace is 14 India Street but the Door’s Open property opening to visit is 31 Heriot Row where he lived as a child.

Edinburgh Winter Festival

Edinburgh is a fabulous place to be to get into the festive spirit, brimming with unparalleled festive performances and radiating with a merry atmosphere. Mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and wonderful crafts at the Christmas markets, heart-warming tunes of carols, and Christmas trees sold here signs round every corner… it truly is magical, and simply has to be experienced.

There’s no shortage of things to see and do this winter in Edinburgh, either. From enjoying panoramic views of the capital from the top of the Big Wheel to skating and spinning across the ice behind a gorgeous backdrop of the glittering city to fantastic shopping opportunities, and, of course, the world famous Hogmanay street party, to name just a few. Take your pick, but let me assure you that whatever you choose, you’ll be left with many a great memory!

See what else is going on during Edinburgh’s Winter Festival.


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