Luckily, we live in an area with many independent businesses and shops and it’s easy to find local gifts - especially if you think out of the box. Away from Edinburgh's cluttered streets and shops, there are lots of local businesses and local attractions offering something completely different this year. . . from a night out at the theatre to bespoke furniture and lighting. So let’s support our local businesses and visitor attractions within East Lothian!

Pantomime fun at Brunton Theatre

Treat yourself to festive fun at The Brunton, Musselburgh with traditional pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk running until January 5 – fun for all ages!

On December 31, enjoy a fun-filled Family Hogmanay In the Honest Toun, part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals. Activities include: lantern making, ceilidh swinging, puppet theatre, samba drumming, panto, FREE fireworks display and more!

Find out more here

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Unique Range of Furniture at Clockhouse Furniture 

If you are on the hunt for an unusual, last-minute Christmas present, visit the Clockhouse Furniture showroom at Fenton Barns to browse the wonderful range of furniture and lighting at ex-display prices. Clock House Furniture is based in the heart of rural East Lothian and employ a team of skilled joiners, upholsterers and specialist finishers to make all the furniture on site. Stools, chairs and tables are all made to order to customer's specifications in a range of styles. Visit their website for more information:

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Now's the time to enjoy fitness at enjoyleisure

Don't forget that enjoyleisure sports centres are open throughout the festive season so you can enjoy swimming, fitness classes, gym workouts, soft play sessions, racket sports, fitness time, relaxation time and quality family time!

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you check their festive opening hours at before visiting. 

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We have it all at Advanced Upholstery 

At Advanced Upholstery, their online upholstery supplies shop has a huge range of supplies and fabrics to order today. They supply a huge range of quality prestigious fabrics so you will find exactly what you want at a great price. From wooden furniture feet to springs and foam – they have it all. Get in touch and their friendly, Prestonpans-based team will be happy to help you. Visit their website here

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Local produce at Gosford Bothy Farm Shop

Gosford Bothy Farm shop is a lovely farm shop, butchery and cafe in Aberlady supplying local produce, meat and artisan products. They have a huge selection of festive fayre from white turkey crowns to wild boar chipolatas also dry goods with some unusual items. Well worth a visit if you are in the area! If you are still looking for the perfect Christmas tree, they also have a selection of 5ft to 7ft Christmas trees for sale. Visit their Facebook page here

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