Christmas is fast approaching and we’re looking forward to it with special anticipation – given all that’s happened over the past 12 months, we know everyone’s eager for something to celebrate!
As you’re no doubt aware, the Fringe couldn’t go ahead as normal this year. But there are still loads of ways to treat the Fringe fan in your life this Christmas – or indeed, treat yourself!
Check out our Fringe shop
Our online shop has loads of limited-edition Fringe goodies, including some of the best-selling designs from the 2020 ‘programme that never was’.
The chance to win some Fringe celebrity goodies
The Fringe is a well-known launching pad for creative talent around the world, so it makes sense that some famous faces have lent a hand with our fundraising efforts. Joe Lycett, Camille O’Sullivan, Richard Gadd, Adam Kay, Alex Horne, Russell Howard, Bryony Kimmings and Lin-Manuel Miranda have all donated signed-prizes to our raffle, so buy a ticket on behalf of the superfan in your life. (Or for yourself, we’re not judging.)
Support Fringe artists and venues
Our extended Fringe family have their own seasonal activities taking place around Christmas and New Year – for example:
- Gilded Balloon has launched its Christmas Search Party on the streets of Edinburgh.
- The Stand is hosting a free online family panto.
- Underbelly has managed to secure some Zoom sessions with Santa.
- Summerhall is continuing to support local artists and makers via an online version of its traditional Christmas market.
- The Pleasance has programmed a series of queer Christmas cabaret shows.
- The Assembly-affiliated online show platform Showcatcher is hosting short performances from lots of familiar Fringe faces as part of its Big Heart Busk.
- Sweet Venues has its own programme spanning comedy, cabaret, spoken word and kids' shows.
- Laughing Horse Free Festival is hosting a series of Thursday-night comedy shows, including Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve specials.
- The Scottish Storytelling Centre is hosting two Christmas Open Hearth storytelling sessions. Christmas Open Hearth 1 is on Tuesday 15 December; Christmas Open Hearth 2 is on Friday 18 December.
- Just the Tonic has several Christmas and New Year's Eve comedy shows.
- theSpace is planning a season of new theatre shows early in 2021.
Look up your favourites and see if there’s any way you can help them out in this tricky time – you’ll be glad when they’re back.
Give the gift of Friendship
Our Fringe Friends are among the most ardent fans of the Fringe, and their steadfast support has meant more to us than ever in 2020. There’s still some uncertainty around how next year’s Fringe will look, but a gift membership is a sure-fire way to show support for the festival while receiving some exclusive benefits.
Fancy buying a friend something Fringe-related but not sure of their shoe size?* Give them a gift voucher – which can be used for merchandise and future Fringe tickets – and let them choose for themselves.
*Unfortunately, our merchandise range does not include shoes. This was a bad example.
Deck the halls with Fringemas baubles (falalalala lala la la)
These snazzy Christmas decorations are available as rewards on our Fringemas Fundraiser campaign. We’re aiming to raise £25,000 to help the Fringe Society – a registered charity – bring back the Fringe in 2021, so help us out and get some sweet accessories for your tree at the same time. Hurry, we're down to the last few!