Christmas & Hogmanay in Edinburgh, Scotland


With lively events and celebrations running from November to January in Edinburgh you will be spoilt for choice if you are visiting this vibrant city over Christmas and Hogmanay (the New Year).

Enjoy panoramic views of the capital from the top of the Big Wheel, ride around on the traditional carousel in East Princes Street Gardens or brave a twirl on the 60-metre-high Star Flyer.

Younger kids will love Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens, a festive fairground with six fun rides and a children’s market full of gifts and toys. Try to find the Elves’ Workshop hidden in the Christmas Tree Maze, or visit Santa’s Grotto to meet the man himself!

St Andrew Square will be home to an oval ice rink, looping around the Melville Monument. Why not hire a pair of skates and spin across the ice with the festive backdrop of the city?

Whether you are visiting for few days or longer, you will find plenty of festivities in and around St. Andrew Square and Princes Street Gardens.

Edinburgh Christmas Markets & Shopping

Don’t miss the festive markets in the city centre, a popular highlight of Edinburgh’s Christmas and New Year. Enjoy delicious food and drink and traditional crafts at the Scottish Market on George Street, pick up unique gifts and goods at the European Market in the Mound Precinct, or choose presents for the wee ones in the Children’s Market, part of Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens.

Whether you’re looking for high-tech gadgets from leading department stores or a designer outfit, you’ll find that Edinburgh’s city centre is a great place for shopping. You can also take time to search for the perfect gift thanks to extended festive opening hours, with many stores opening until 8pm or later.

From one bed city apartments to country castles, Edinburgh, Scotland offers a wide choice of accommodation to suit families and groups of friends over Christmas and New Year.

No trip to Scotland over the festive period is complete without celebrating Hogmanay in style, and the colourful celebrations in Edinburgh are among the best in the world.

The Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party is the only festival to appear in the ´Discovery Channel – Top 25 World Travel Experiences´, and includes live bands and DJ´s who fill the streets, framed by the backdrop of the stunning Edinburgh Castle.

Other events being staged as part of the Street Party include the Torchlight Procession, the Ceilidh, which brings the best Scottish folk music to the city and the Concert in the Gardens, a spectacular fireworks and music extravaganza.

On 1 January brave souls can take a ‘refreshing’ (read icy cold!) dip in the Firth of Forth during the annual Loony Dook. Spectators are more than welcome to cheer the ‘dookers’ on from the side lines!

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