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King Winter’s Tale

We are delighted to announce that King Winter will be performing for Playgroup, Kindergarten, and Class 1 during school time. He will visit each Class bubble separately and spread some Christmas cheer wherever he goes.


Versions of this traditional story are often told in Steiner Waldorf schools in the winter months, loosely based around Elsa Beskowand’s ‘Ollie’s Ski Trip’.


This year, professional storyteller and Steiner parent, Alexander Mackenzie has written his own version specially for this year’s Christmas celebration; recorded in the School’s Theater Hall to offer an audio version families can download and listen to at home.


King Winter is one of the highlights of the children’s activities at Edinburgh Steiner School’s annual parent-led Christmas Market, welcoming over 2,000 people through the gates. Each year, a Kindergarten room is transformed into an enchanted forest, with scores of real Christmas trees creating a pine-smelling pathway to a throne, where King Winter is sitting, an array of cushions on the floor waiting patiently for little children to take their place.


The festive season of 2020 marks a very different year. For those children (and parents) unable to enjoy King Winter’s performance in person, a beautiful audio version will be available as part of our programme of online events to listen to at home: edsteiner.org/Christmas.