Christmas at The Brunton: Concerts, ballet, films, music and panto with a festive feel – check out what’s on

Want to get into the Christmas mood? Check out what’s onWant to get into the Christmas mood? Check out what’s on
Want to get into the Christmas mood? Check out what’s on
What could be more festive than a trip to the theatre this Christmas with family or friends?

Whether it’s uplifting classical music, a Christmas classic like The Nutcracker, traditional family panto, music to get you into a festive mood or a good old Christmas film The Brunton at Musselburgh has plenty to offer this season.

We take a look at what’s on and give you a taste of some of the Christmas treats on offer to tempt you through the doors.

Classical Music

Treat the family to some festive entertainmentTreat the family to some festive entertainment
Treat the family to some festive entertainment

Opening with classical music brilliant violin and accordion duo Adlibitum, bring the perfect programme to brighten a December lunchtime with sparkling Vivaldi combined with Iberian charm. Enjoy soup and a sandwich served in the upstairs bar first or just relax with the concert.

Date: Tuesday December 6 at 1pmTickets: Lunch & Concert £16.75, Concert only £10To Book: click here

Immerse yourself in beautiful music and stunning surroundings and join this candlelit Christmas concert from Royal Northern Sinfonia and their principal conductor Dinis Sousa in North Esk Church, Musselburgh.

The concert will feature festive favourites alongside spiritual music from Bach, Purcell and Pärt, the lights will be low and spirits high on this cold winter’s evening.

Christmas is coming to stage and screen – don’t miss these festive treatsChristmas is coming to stage and screen – don’t miss these festive treats
Christmas is coming to stage and screen – don’t miss these festive treats

Date: Friday December 9 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £22 (£20)To book: click here

Prepare to be swept along by the music of Vienna’s most famous composer Johann Strauss and his friends.

Start the New Year with a world of waltzes, polkas and an operetta romance from a real Royal Scottish National Orchestra favourite – tenor Jamie MacDougall. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor David Niemann will take you through some well-known favourites including the Overture to Die Fledermaus, the Blue Danube, Thunder and Lightning Polka, The Emperor Walz and the Radetzky March.

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Check out what’s on at The Brunton

Date: Friday January 13 at 7.30pmTickets: £23 (£21) Friends Discount 10%


The classical Royal Ballet is renowned for its superb performances and breath-taking scenery – and The Nutcracker is one of the best-loved ballets of all time. This year a performance of The Nutcracker from The Royal Ballet will be live-screened from the Royal Opera House, giving you a view of the ballet from the best seats in the house.

The story takes place on Christmas Eve where we will enter a magical world through young Clara. With an enchanting Tchaikovsky score, Clara and the enchanted Nutcracker will have to fight the Mouse King and enter the Kingdom of Sweets to see the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. Prepare to be transported into a mystical and magical fairytale world with classical dancing.

Run Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes (including one interval)Date: Thursday December 8 at 7.15pm

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Christmas wouldn't be the same without a sentimental feel-good Jimmy Stewart movie, and here you can see one of his finest films – The Shop Around the Corner.

Proving that RomComs are nothing new, the story involves Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan), who both work at a general store in Budapest. The pair bicker and fall out – disagreeing with one another on almost everything. They are both in love with pen-pals they are writing to – but little do they know there is a twist in the tale which will show they have more in common than they think, and love will conquer all.

Run time 1 hour 39 mins

Date: Wednesday December 21 at 7.30pm

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Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a trip to The Brunton’s panto!

Sinbad the Pantomime is fun-packed traditional panto for all ages. Join SINBAD as he voyages over the sea, searching for fortune, and finding romance on the way. Sinbad’s interfering mammy follows in hot pursuit, with nail-biting drama, dastardly pirates and hidden treasure!

Laugh, sing and join in, 23rd November to 31st December.

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without holly – and it wouldn’t be a festive schedule without the sound of Buddy Holly and the Cricketers.

Get back to the ‘50s with some of Holly’s hits, other contemporary classics and some Christmas crackers in this family favourite Buddy Holly & The Cricketers – Holly at Christmas 2022

Date: Friday December 9 at 7.30pm

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Both the Theatre and Venue 1 have a flat stage and clear sight lines, the seating is steeply raked but there is ramped access into the theatre foyer and lift access to the theatre and Venue 1 and 2. There are wheelchair spaces and escort seats with access in the Theatre and in Venue 1 – so please ask when booking.

Audio descriptions and sign language are available for selected performances.

Getting here

The Brunton, at Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6AA, is on the main road to Edinburgh and has free car parking, and disabled spaces at the front and back, and is next to a bus stop and taxi rank. Musselburgh train station is approximately 20 minutes’ walk away. There is a dedicated bus stop served by the 44 and 26 buses outside The Brunton.

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