The Who, What, Why and Where of Edinburgh at Christmas

Who – You

Deck the halls with bells of holly, ’tis the season to be jolly. The transformation of Edinburgh from the old historic town to carnival like atmosphere with the beautiful light display and market really does get you in the Christmas mood. As the streets are lit up like the 4th of July, droves of people flock to Scotland’s vibrant capital for all the festive festivities. To help you make it through the festive season in one piece, we’ve put together everything you need to know about surviving Edinburgh at Christmas.


What – Shop til you drop

There’s only so many times we can watch ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and there is only so many times we can sob over it without mentally breaking down. So why not choose to revel in Christmas, stroll the markets, break open some bubbly and celebrate what a time to be alive. With the shopping bags weighing you down and the cold chill giving you a reindeer like nose, stop off in Valvonna & Crolla VinCaffe for a glass of fizz and watch the busy Edinburgh Christmas around you.  Stop off and view to Christmas display in Harvey Nich’s, the only of its kind to rival the 5th Avenue displays. Then, St Andrews Square, where the beautifully lit rides, ice rink and mulled wine stalls will really restore the happiness of Christmas to all young and old, naughty and nice.  Of thing in Edinburgh at Christmas, the drink and touring is one to warm the coldest of hearts.


Where – A Stay to remember

While there is nothing better than spending Christmas with your family this festive season, give yourself the gift of a quiet, relaxing Christmas at Edinburgh. Book into Parliament House, your favourite Edinburgh hotel to soak up the lights, drinks, and foods without doing any of the work yourself. If you find yourself in Edinburgh at Christmas in the thick of festive things, make sure you take the time to power down with a much-needed virtual break. Take a walk through Santa Land, get lost in the Christmas Tree Maze, where you can sample the very best of local Scottish wares at the Scottish Market.


Why ‘Because it’s Christmas, after all

If all else fails, Edinburgh at Christmas is sure to be a merry one. Enjoy the age-old tradition of mulled wine and cider as you enjoy the fairs and shop til you drop. Top it all off with a pre-Christmas relaxation at the beautiful Spa of Parliament House, and relax. For heaven knows, when the relatives arrive, you’ll need it.