Edinburgh at Christmas


Edinburgh at Christmas is one of the most magical places to visit and offers an unbeatable festive atmosphere.

The historic Scottish capital provides fun and entertainment for all ages. Great late night shopping and a Christmas market add to the festive feel.

The market will once again be held at East Princes Street Gardens from 17 November, 2017 to 7 January, 2018.

Christmas in Edinburgh brings a magical explosion of colourful lights, enchanting sounds, mouth-watering goodies and plenty of laughter along the way.

Enjoy panoramic views of the ‘Royal’ city from the top of the Big Wheel, spin around on the carousel or brave a ride on the 60 metre high Star Flyer.

Santa Land is great for the smaller kids and is also held in Princes Street Gardens with a children’s market. The Elves’ Workshop is hidden in the Christmas Tree Maze and Santa’s Grotto is a highlight.
St Andrew Square will see an ice rink loop around the Melville Monument. You can hire a pair of skates and spin across the ice with the sparkling city in the background.

The Scottish Market on George Street is also well worth a visit. Enjoy delicious local food and drink and get some great gift ideas in time for the big day. The European Market takes place in the Mound Precinct.

Whether you are looking for high tech gadgets or a designer outfit you will find a wealth of boutiques in Multrees Walk. Edinburgh city centre is a great place to shop and many stores stay open until 8pm or later over the Christmas period.

No trip to Edinburgh is complete without a trip to the Castle which played such a pivotal part in the history of Scotland.

The castle last saw military action in 1745; from then until the 1920s it served as the British army’s main base in Scotland. Today it is one of Scotland’s most atmospheric and popular tourist attractions.

This rocky hill was the most easily defended hilltop on the invasion route between England and central Scotland, a route followed by countless armies from the Roman legions of the 1st and 2nd centuries AD to the Jacobite troops of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.

At the far end of Mills Mount Battery is the famous One O’Clock Gun, where crowds gather to watch a gleaming WWII 25-pounder fire an ear-splitting time signal at exactly 1pm (every day except Sundays, Christmas Day and Good Friday).

The former Royal Yacht Britannia is also well worth a visit. The vessel was the British royal family’s floating holiday home during their foreign travels from the time of her launch in 1953 until her decommissioning in 1997, and is now moored permanently in front of the Ocean Terminal.

Britannia is a monument to 1950s decor, and the accommodation reveals Her Majesty’s preference for simple, unfussy surroundings. The ship’s company consisted of an admiral, 20 officers and 220 yachtsmen.
The decks were scrubbed daily, but all work near the royal accommodation was carried out in complete silence and had to be finished by 8am.

If you are looking for attractions, events or accommodation in Edinburgh for Christmas, Eventful Stays has all the information you need.