With the city centre making its transformation into winter wonderland, the legendary decorations of The Dome assembled and Jenner’s mighty Christmas tree proudly in place it can only mean one thing, the festive season is upon us!
Whether you’re a festive fanatic or more of a grumpy Grinch this time of year, there are plenty of amazing events happening in the capital this Christmas that are likely to put a smile on anyone’s face.
No Christmas in the capital is complete without a visit to one of the many delights that Edinburgh’s Christmas has to offer.
Head down to East Princes Street Gardens for a stroll around the Christmas Markets and check out the likes of gifts, crafts, and irresistible tasty treats. It gets pretty chilly out there so don’t forget to warm up with a hearty glass of gluhein or a hot toddy.
In Princes Street Gardens you’ll notice the Forth 1 Big Wheel. Hop on for a spin and some fantastic views over the city. You can even enjoy your ride alongside some of the radio Forth 1 DJs!
The dare devils amongst you can enjoy the dizzy heights of the Star Flyer that will see you spinning high above the crowds, 60 meters high to be precise. Your bravery will be rewarded with magnificent 360-degree views over the city. Or, if you’d prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground why not swap the shoes for skates and hit the ice rink?
Boogie on down to George Street for Silent Light, a silent street party that includes dancing and singing beneath a magical archway lit up with thousands of Christmas lights that synchronise to music.
There are plenty of thrills to be had by the little ones too, with the likes of the Carousel, Reindeer Ride, Santa Train and Helter Skelter. If you’re in the party mood you can even head along to the Baby Loves Disco’s Christmas Cheer for a daytime clubbing experience for parents and children like no other. With dancing, face painting, crafts, bubbles balloons and a licensed bar for the adults it’s sure to be fun for everyone.
Christmas at the Botanics
Head to the Royal Botanic Gardens between 23 November – 29 December for a magical outdoor trail through the gardens complete with twinkling lights, illuminated tree sculptures, a Cathedral of Light, a Scented Fire Garden and you might even bump into Santa too.
Christmas at the Botanics always promises to be a magical evening discovering the delightful gardens in a whole new light.
24 Doors of Advent
24 Doors of Advent is Edinburgh’s very own real-life advent calendar that gives you the opportunity to take a sneak peek behind a different interesting venue every day between December 1-24th.
Take a nosey around the likes of Dovecot Studios, Lauriston Castle, the Robert Burns Monument, Edinburgh Printmakers and The Old Dr Bells Baths plus many more. Check the full line up here.
From doors, to windows! The Winter Windows are a collection of stained-glass windows each designed by promising young artists from around Edinburgh’s schools. The designs all centre around this year’s theme of kindness.
You’ll find the Winter Windows popping up around the city, from West Parliament Square on the Royal Mile, to Newhaven to Pilton. Hats and gloves to the ready, head out and enjoy this wonderful winter celebration.
Summerhall Christmas Market
If you’re partial to a Christmas Market but fancy something a bit more indie than the Christmas Markets on Princes Street why not head down to Summerhall for a Christmas Market with a local twist.
Taking place on 9th December, over 70 stalls will descend on Summerhall to bring you the best of locally sourced and Fairtrade food, drinks, gifts and crafts. From prints, vintage clothes, craft beer to organic chocolate. If you’re stuck for Christmas gift inspiration you’re likely to find something unique and exciting here!
You can catch the community choir chime out a tune or two, grab a bite to eat from a selection of street food vendors and or course fill your bellies with lots of gluhwein.
Christmas Weekend on the Royal Yacht Britannia
Between the 8-9th December the Queen’s former yacht will be transformed with decorations, wreaths and Christmas trees to become a hub of festive frill in preparation for Christmas.
Visitors will be welcomed with complimentary mulled wine and shortbread whilst enjoying wandering around the five spectacular decks of the Britannia. You’ll find a festive flare on the menu in the Royal Deck Tea Room and can even take part in a Christmas cuddly toy treasure hunt with the little ones!