No one puts a party on quite as well as the city of Edinburgh and Christmas is no different. All the stops are out for Christmas 2016 and it’s a chance to enjoy world-famous Scottish hospitality and see some of the best of the city lit up like a genuine Christmas Tree!
Promising to be bigger and better than ever before, Edinburgh will come alive throughout the Christmas period with many attractions, special Christmas events and more. Below is a closer look at where you can find some of the most exciting Christmas events across the city.
Edinburgh Street of Light
Moving to the West End this year, Edinburgh’s Street of Light is back. Opened on 20th November as part of Night Light the whole of the West End of George Street will be bathed in a canopy of light and a wonderful spectacle to enjoy.
Free Events across the City
The Street of Light is one of many fantastic events to enjoy for free in Edinburgh. Look out for the 24 doors of Advent and Winter Windows which bring light, fun and plenty of entertainment to the city. Even just a wander down the main shopping streets to enjoy the Christmassy window displays can be great fun.
Christmas at the Theatre
Edinburgh’s theatres offer lots of fun. Edinburgh’s Christmas organisation has teamed up with several theatres to bring Christmas on Stage to Edinburgh’s West End. Shows include the Broadway hit Five Guys Named Moe, Black Beauty, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and A (sort of) Christmas Carol by Morgan & West. For traditional pantomime the King’s Theatre is putting on Jack and the Beanstalk and the Scottish Ballet is performing a lyrical version of Hansel and Gretel at the Festival Theatre.
Festive Markets and Attractions
Edinburgh will host two separate festive markets this Christmastime. The European Market is based at East Prince St Gardens and the Scottish Market will be on George Street. Both serve up the intoxicating mix of gifts, crafts and wonderful foods to enjoy as you shop. The funfair is also back for Christmas, with the 60m Star Flyer and Big Wheel combine back to Princes St Gardens. The ice rink will return to St Andrews Square and the youngest family members will love Santa Land. Santa Land includes rides for the little ones, Santa’s Grotto itself, a Christmas Tree Maze and the fun Santa Train.
Edinburgh warmly welcomes visitors from all around the world at Christmas and many stick around to enjoy a traditional Scottish Hogmanay too.