Christmas Activities for Families in Musselburgh

December 12th, 2019

Are you getting into the Christmas spirit in every way imaginable? Shopping for gifts, watching Christmas movies, baking cookies, wearing Christmas jumpers, decorating the Christmas tree…

We know how exciting it can be, counting down to the day itself, but there’s no need to sit home and watch the calendar. Fill your days with some fun and exciting festive days out this December, and don’t let the chill keep you indoors – there’s plenty of brilliant family activities happening in and around Musselburgh this month. 

To help the time go faster until Christmas, and because the festive season is the perfect opportunity to spend time with your families, friends and partners, we’ve compiled a list of Christmassy activities to help you make some magical memories.

Christmas Wreathmaking Workshops, Newhailes House and Gardens, Musselburgh

Let’s get creative! Add a personal touch to your festive decorations by learning how to make a beautiful wreath this Christmas, in the beautiful surroundings of Newhailes. All materials are provided and small group sizes ensure a relaxed workshop, in which you’ll create something special to take home.

Various Dates until Christmas, Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, EH21 6RY ; more info on

Festive Afternoon Tea, Carberry Tower, Musselburgh 

A luxurious afternoon tea is a wonderful way to celebrate the festive season with friends, and Carberry Tower is a beautiful place to do it. Throughout December they will be serving fabulously Festive Afternoon Teas, where you’ll enjoy a delightful array of festive savouries, sweet treats and homemade scones served with naughty amounts of cream, and accompanied by a range of artisan coffees and teas. And for that little bit of extra indulgence, why not spoil yourself by adding a deliciously chilled glass of Prosecco or Champagne. Go on, it’s Christmas!

Please call the Reception team on 0131 665 3135 or email to book now. Carberry Tower Mansion House, Carberry Tower Estate, Musselburgh EH21 8PY.

Hogmanay: Lantern Making, The Brunton, Musselburgh 

Musselburgh’s Hogmanay lantern parade is always popular, and this year, you can join in the fun and make your own beautiful illuminated lantern. Create and decorate your lantern in this 45-minute workshop, and leave it with the team to add a light and an elegant crook to carry it with. You’ll then enjoy some additional craft activities, included in the price, before returning at 6.30pm to collect your lantern and join the parade. Plus, there’ll be the annual fireworks display at Fisherrow Links too ! This workshops is always hugely popular, so book in advance if you can. 

31 December, 11 am, 12, 1, 2, 3, 4 pm, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA; more info on 

Santa Skate Party, Family Roller Disco, Musselburgh

It’s the season to be skating! And for those who feel a bit nervous about taking to the ice, this one’s for you – it’s a skate party that’s distinctly on four wheels. Roll on down to Musselburgh Sports Centre on Saturday 14th December for a festive family roller disco session, you can hire your skates on-site, and there’ll be plenty of fantastic festive music to skate to. Christmas jumpers are encouraged! 

14 December, Musselburgh Leisure Centre, 101 Newbigging Edinburgh, Musselburgh EH21 7AS; more info on

Funbox, Christmas in Toy Town 2019, The Brunton, Musselburgh

Kick start your Christmas celebrations with Funbox, the perfect activity to enjoy with the children this Christmas. Head to Toy Town for the brand-new, seasonal spectacular from Anya, Kevin, Gary and Bonzo the Dog (formerly of The Singing Kettle). The mischievous Gnorbert the Gnome is creating mayhem and pinching everyone’s favourite things. Santa has asked the gang to look after his most precious toy, so it is up to them to make sure Gnorbert doesn’t get his hands on it. There are also keys to discover, games to play and songs to sing, so they’ll definitely need your help too.

Bring your favourite toy, remember your Santa hat and get ready to kick-start your Christmas celebrations with Funbox!

Sat 21 – Tue 24, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA; more info on