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Nine reasons why Die Hard really is a Christmas film

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by James Chapman, University of LeicesterIt’s that time of year for hunkering down to watch a Christmas film with the family – and to hold the annual debate over whether or not Die Hard...

The Centre helps three charities with donations from shoppers

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Shoppers at The Centre, Livingston joined retailers and the management teaming supporting three organisations ahead of Christmas, River Kids, Kidzeco and Invisible Cities. Everything from food and toys to coats and winter accessories, was...

Eric Liddell Centre – Christmas appeal

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Local charity, the Eric Liddell Centre, has launched an appeal for help this Christmas.Working as a day care provider supporting elderly people with dementia, disabilities, and mental health issues – the centre has...

RMF Health lights up Christmas for NHS Lothian patients and staff

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RMF Health is working with charity, Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation to spread joy to NHS patients and staff who will be spending this Christmas in hospital.In a bid to make hospital feel more...

New festive menu launched at Pizza Geeks

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Independent Pizzeria, Pizza Geeks, have launched their new festive menu for December - with a charitable twist.The local pizzeria, with branches in Haymarket, Leith and Waverley Market's rooftop, have paired their new menu with...

Walking in a Window Wanderland

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Residents in Portobello are being asked to dress up their windows to create a winter Window Wanderland.The initiative, by Action Porty, is encouraging occupiers to design a festive window, and to display it by...

What’s on in December

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The Edinburgh Reporter Christmas listings Here are your essential notes on What is ON in Edinburgh this month.Look for further details on Facebook, Eventbrite or on the links given below before finalising your plans.And...

Still time to offer your views on Edinburgh’s Winter Festivals

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The council has set up a consultation conducted by market researchers Progressive to ask for feedback from everyone in the city about Edinburgh's Christmas and Edinburgh's Hogmanay from 2022 onwards.The council remains contractually...

Local electricians help two families

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A partnership just before Christmas between ECEC (Edinburgh City Electrical Contractors) and Cyrenians (Homeless Charity) Scotland ensured that two families were able to cook their Christmas dinners.ECEC (Edinburgh City Electrical Contractors), is a...

Letter from Scotland

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In this bleak mid-winter, frosty winds may moan and they are not the only ones.There is indeed not much to celebrate.  Nearly two million people across  the planet have died of Covid-19, over...

Pupils bring cheer to care home residents with festive gifts

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Elderly care home residents are each being gifted a Christmas box from local school pupils to help spread joy this festive season.Trinity Academy is set to deliver 30 Christmas boxes full of personalised letters, CDs, postcards,...

Empty Kitchens provides more meals for vulnerable people with M&S scheme

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·        As the countdown to Christmas continues, Edinburgh-based charity, Empty Kitchens Full Hearts, has ramped up the number of meals it is providing to those in need thanks to M&S’s food redistribution programme.·        A...

Edinburgh artist designs National Lottery’s Christmas card

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Edinburgh artist, Amy Nash, has been chosen by The National Lottery to design a Christmas card which will be sent to over 400 elderly and vulnerable Scots as part of a festive drive...

Christmas donation for Edinburgh’s homeless

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The company behind the regeneration of parts of North Edinburgh has made a substantial donation to help the homeless this Christmas.Urban Union who are behind Pennywell Living has donated £1,500 to Crisis in Scotland...

The Centre launches Gift of Kindness campaign

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The Centre, Livingston launches its Gift of Kindness campaign to help spread some festive cheers in the run up to Christmas and raise awareness and funds for its charity partner, Tiny Changes which is...

Cards designed for Christmas

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Every year there is an annual Christmas card competition open to all City of Edinburgh Council schools – primary, secondary and special to design cards for the Education Convener, Cllr Ian Perry, and Education...

Christmas activity packs from Edinburgh Trams

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If you are looking for something to keep the children amused this December, then Edinburgh Trams has it covered.The tramway’s new Christmas activity pack has everything you need to keep little hands and minds...

Edinburgh will light up for Christmas

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There will be more festive lights than ever in Edinburgh this Christmas with the help of a one-off funding boost aiming to spread some cheer at the end of a challenging year.Thanks to savings...

It’s Christmas in Edinburgh now

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The 2020 Edinburgh’s Christmas lights have been switched on alongside a specially lit 18 metre Christmas Rainbow on the Mound to accompany the tree gifted by Norway.The Christmas Rainbow symbolises both Edinburgh’s celebration...

Letter from Scotland

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Scotland has joined the “four nations” bubble for Christmas.To avoid confusion and to recognise the ties that still bind the peoples of Britain together, the rules over what we can and cannot do...

Lothians Chamber hosts two December events

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Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber have two events timetabled for December. They host a coffee and chat on December 9 (10am-11am) via Zoom when guests can speak to Chamber team and fellow members. Then, the...

It’s Christmas at Aldi

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Aldi is now selling its 2020 Christmas drinks range from today in all stores. The list features a number of Scotland’s distillers and brewers, and includes award-winning whiskies, craft gins, limited edition cocktails and...

Dazzling end to the year at The Royal Botanic Garden

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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh are hosting their Festive light show for the fourth year in a row and this time it will be over a record 28 nights from December 2 to January...

There will be a Christmas tree on The Mound

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On Saturday a 60 feet high Christmas tree will arrive at The Mound to light up the city centre.The spruce is being provided by Conifox Christmas Trees promoting the shop local theme this...

It’s all about Christmas at Dobbies

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Dobbies Garden Centres have announced the Christmas events which will take place between now and December.There will be seasonal fun with physical distancing measures in place.Santa's Arrival will be a highlight...

M&S Princes Street’s Jenny McPartlin’s #MyMarksFaves this Christmas

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We all have our favourites at Christmas. It could be M&S’s fool proof ‘Perfect Turkey’ - moist, juicy and full of flavour, and ready to pop in the oven with no prep needed; or...

Political leaders’ Christmas messages

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All the leaders of political parties in Scotland have issued their Christmas messages.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This Christmas many of us will be looking forward to taking a break and to spending...

Still time to have your Christmas at Mains of Taymouth

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FESTIVE BREAKS STILL AVAILABLE AT MAINS OF TAYMOUTHMains of Taymouth luxury 5 star Country Estate and Golf Course at Kenmore has announced limited availability for the Christmas period, with a minimum three night stay...

St Mary’s Music School Christmas concert will be at St Cuthbert’s on Monday

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A ‘Christmas Pastorella’ and a tribute to Beethoven from Scotland’s National Music School.St Mary's Music School will hold their annual Christmas Concert next week.Pupils will take to the stage at St Cuthbert’s Parish Church,...

Christmas across the communities of Edinburgh

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Community Christmas is a free, family-friendly celebration which brings local communities across Edinburgh together to spread some festive cheer in their local neighbourhood.Presented in collaboration with Double Take Projections, Community Christmas is staged at...

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