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The Assembly Rooms invites the public to join the countdown to Christmas

As Edinburgh’s streets light up for Christmas, the public are being invited in out of the cold to discover the hidden heritage of the stunning Assembly Rooms on Thursday 1 December as the historic George Street venue kicks off the capital’s 24 Doors of Advent celebration.

Day 1 of Edinburgh’s real-life advent calendar adventure will welcome visitors in to explore a world of captivating history as the premier events venue is primed to perfection for the festive season ahead.

Showcasing the real magic of Edinburgh this Christmas, highlights include the splendid sights of the 18th century ballroom and impressive acoustics of the A-listed building’s Music Hall.

Shona Clelland, Cultural Venues Development Manager at City of Edinburgh Council, said: “From 10am-4pm on Thursday, visitors to the Assembly Rooms will be welcome to peek inside the impressive public building as part of Edinburgh’s real-life advent calendar.

“Staff will host a series of tours which will tell the story of the Assembly Rooms’ unique heritage, while showcasing the beautiful chandeliers, painstakingly restored Coade stone statues and ornate plasterwork which make the setting so unique.

“And if that’s not enough to inspire you this season, we’re sure the smell of specially brewed mulled wine and tempting taste of mince pies will get your festive senses tingling!”

The 24 Doors of Advent project, produced by Edinburgh’s Christmas, gives locals and visitors alike an exclusive opportunity to find out more about the Edinburgh’s public buildings, with 24 structurally, culturally and socially significant buildings participating in the free celebration.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the City of Edinburgh Council’s Culture Convener, comments: “Opening the doors to the Capital’s most spectacular buildings this festive season, Edinburgh’s Christmas is turning the city into a real life advent calendar.

“As Day One coincides with Disability History Month, Disability History Scotland will join the Assembly Rooms to talk through the changes we made to the building during the refurbishment.  A special display of heritage images will also be held in the Under Balcony Bar.”

Guided tours at Assembly Rooms will run at 11.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm. For more information visit

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