Whether you’ve already had the Christmas songs playing for weeks, or you’re someone who puts the tree up on Christmas Eve and takes it down on Boxing Day, there’s no denying the fact that the festive season is upon us and there is arguably no better place in the world to be at this time of year than Edinburgh.
Whilst you can get that warm Christmas-y feeling from being wrapped up and strolling around the Gardens, here are some fantastic festive ideas for the most of this wonderful time of year.
Christmas market on George Street
We defy even the biggest scrooge not to feel festive after an evening under the lights on George Street. The focal point is the incredible light cathedral at the junction of George Street and Castle Street and with plenty of places to go with a cup of mulled wine in hand, you can’t fail to get in the mood.
(Photo credit: Edinburgh Christmas)
Edinburgh’s Giant Advent Calendar
It’s the 1st of December so hopefully you have all got an advent calendar of some sort. But if you don’t, or even you do, we recommend this new, free event. Over the last couple of years we have been treated to some fantastic light projections around the city and now we have a festive one. Between 5.30 and 10.00 each evening until the 24th, images of Edinburgh in winter will be projected onto General Register House at the East end of Princes Street opposite the Balmoral Hotel.
La Clique Noel
If you’re wanting to catch a show, they don’t come more spectacular than La Clique. Now something of a tradition on Edinburgh’s Fringe and Christmas Festival scene, an evening of burlesque, acrobats, contortionists and live music awaits in the famous Spiegeltent on Festival Square.
Find out more here: http://www.edinburghschristmas.com/whats-on/la-clique
The spectacular lights outside one of George Street’s most iconic venues is part of the festive fabric that makes Edinburgh such a magical place at Christmas. As beautiful inside as it is outside, they have festive food and drinks that are ideal after a hard day’s shopping on Princes Street.
Find out more here: http://www.thedomeedinburgh.com/christmas/
Boxing Day trip to Shrek: The Musical at the Edinburgh Playhouse
A trip to the Edinburgh Playhouse to see the outstanding Shrek: The Musical could be just the antidote to post-Christmas blues for you and your family. Of course, you can also see the show from 12th of this month right through to 7th January if you can’t quite tear yourself away from your new gifts or don’t have the post-turkey energy for Boxing Day!
Tickets and information available here: http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/shrek-the-musical/edinburgh-playhouse/
Ceilidh Under The Castle at Hogmanay
With all the excitement of Christmas, it is easy to forget about New Year’s celebrations. Of course, the fireworks and street party need little introduction however for the closest possible view of the fireworks and a truly memorable evening, look no further than the Ceilidh Under The Castle in West Princes Street Gardens. Starting at 8.30pm, we can’t think of a more beautiful backdrop to usher in 2018.
You can find out more here: https://www.edinburghshogmanay.com/whats-on/ceilidh-under-the-castle