What’s on this Christmas in Edinburgh?
Christmas in Edinburgh is a fun and enjoyable experience that everyone should try at least once. Voted one of CNN’s Best Cities for a Winter holiday, there’s a lot to love about Edinburgh in the colder months. Our cobbled streets taken on extra character and the castle looms ominously over the city, even more breath-taking in Winter.
Edinburgh is a magical backdrop for enjoying your Christmas shopping, nights out and a whole array of winter events. Princes Street Gardens become a winter wonderland, complete with fun ice skating rink, Ferris wheel and of course a ginormous festive Christmas tree.
Edinburgh Winter Events
The festive fun in Edinburgh begins as early as late November, with Light Night on George Street. A special guest switches on the lights and a huge live music event and firework display ensues, marking the beginning of the festive season in style. Next up in the traditional Scottish Christmas calendar is St. Andrew’s Day, a chance to enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner, ceilidh dance and more around the city.
Throughout December there is a whole range of different shows and events to choose from. With pantomime at The King’s Theatre to the Scottish Ballet at The Festival Theatre. The Royal Lyceum Theatre is home to a real classic for the kids ‘The BFG and even the youngest can enjoy the Christmas classic by Julia Donaldson, Stick Man, at the Spiegeltent in St. Andrew’s Square.
Edinburgh Christmas Shopping
Whether you need to do every last bit of your shopping or just want to pick up some special pieces, Edinburgh has something for you. From the luxurious boutiques of Multrees Walk to the main high street, you’ll find something to suit your needs. With the shops opening until 8pm or beyond you can enjoy some late night finds after you’ve celebrated in the day.
Like all major city centres Edinburgh is awash with markets when Christmas arrives. Food, drink and traditional crafts can be found at the Scottish Market in St. Andrew’s Square, unique and quirky goods will be able at the European Market in the Mound Precinct and there’s even a specialist Children’s Market as part of the Santa land attractions in Princes Street Gardens.
The Edinburgh Christmas period is not complete without enjoying Hogmanay. This year’s programme has many exciting highlights including a Torch-lit procession through the Old Town on December 30th, the famous street party and a fun and exciting ceilidh. Princes Street Gardens will be home to a concert and of course, the spectacular fireworks display which is well-known and loved.
Every year Edinburgh delivers a sensational Christmas experience and 2014 will be no different.