For a fantastic choice of things to do at Christmas and Hogmanay this year, there is no better place to be than the city of Edinburgh. From 20th November to 4th January, the city is packed full of things to see and do.
Within a 10 minute walk from The Royal Scots Club, you can delight in stunning views of the whole of the city from the Big Wheel or take a spin on the carousel in East Princes Street Gardens. You might even be brave enough to have go on the Star Flyer in St Andrew Square which stands at 60 metres tall, or have a skate around the ice rink in Princes Street Gardens.
Young children can visit Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens, which is a festive fairground with six great rides to try. Take a peek at the Elves’ Workshop tucked away in the Christmas Tree Maze, or even visit Father Christmas in his Grotto and tell him whether they have been naughty or nice this year.
In the city centre, there are plenty of festive markets are where you can enjoy a diverse range of food and drink and pick up some a range of traditional and handmade crafts at the Scottish Market in St Andrew Square. You can also find something different and unique at the European Market which is based in the Mound Precinct. There is even a dedicated place for gifts for the kids or at the Children’s Market. There is also the chance to do some serious Christmas shopping at Edinburgh’s department stores and luxury high-end boutiques and shops in Multrees Walk.
Edinburgh is also full of fantastic performances this year including pantomimes like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The King’s Theatre and the Scottish Ballet’s performance of Cinderella at The Festival Theatre. For children who want to see a show, there is an adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Julia’ Donaldson’s The Stick Man in the Spiegeltent can be enjoyed in St Andrew’s Square.
It wouldn’t be winter in Edinburgh without a fantastic programme of Hogmanay events to look forward to. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is Scotland’s famous New Year festival and this year boasts three days of fantastic events.
This year’s line-up includes the Torchlight Procession which passes through Edinburgh’s Old Town followed by Edinburgh’s famous street party. The city’s streets will come alive with music from live bands and DJs including Maximo Park and Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club. A ceilidh and a concert in Princes Street Gardens are special events not to be missed and then of course, the spectacular fireworks display on 31 December rounding off Edinburgh’s wonderful festive celebrations.