Edinburgh Christmas Parties and Celebrations

Christmas dining and party venues Edinburgh 2023

Get together with friends, family and colleagues this festive season to enjoy dinner, drinks and celebrations. In this blog, we’ve put together some of our favourite Christmas dining and party venues in Edinburgh. Although we don’t offer Christmas parties here at Parliament House Hotel, we can certainly provide the after-party accommodation. All these venues are within walking distance or a short taxi ride from our city centre hotel …

Friends enjoying Christmas dinner at a restaurant

Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile

Celebrate like a king or queen, with festive afternoon tea in the Castle Tea Rooms or a right royal Christmas lunch in the lavish Queen Anne Room. Edinburgh Castle is a magnificent setting for your festive get-together. Both afternoon tea and lunch are available on selected dates in December.

Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road

This 5-star visitor attraction hosts “a night under the stars”, a party night package that includes a welcome glass of fizz, a three-course festive meal with half a bottle of wine and a disco until 1 am. Guests also get pre-dinner entry to the attraction’s magical Earthscape galleries. Find out more about Dynamic Earth’s Christmas party nights.

Brewhemia, 1a Market Street

Brewhemia is Edinburgh’s largest bar and restaurant, hosting a wide selection of glittering events this year. Such as lunches and brunches, party nights and afternoon teas. See its festive celebrations page for full details. Available on selected dates in December.

Christmas cakes, puddings on cake stand

Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place

This large traditional Scottish bar and restaurant, housed in a spectacular former church building, puts on a whole range of festive lunches, dinners and parties that will fill you with seasonal cheer. Find out more in Ghillie Dhu’s festive brochure.

The Dome, 14 George Street

For many, Christmas doesn’t begin in Edinburgh until The Dome has put up its famous festive decorations. With festive morning and afternoon tea, lunches and dinners from 30th October, visit one of the city’s most Christmassy places this festive season. View the festive menus.

The Ivy, St Andrew Square

Add a bit of glamour to the occasion, with festive dining at The Ivy On The Square. Celebrate with delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners and cocktails, carefully curated for the season. Find out more on its festive season page.

Cranberry cocktails for Christmas

Revolution, 30a Chambers Street

With a “Revolution in Wonderland” theme, step into a festive fairytale. Choose between brunches and buffets, lunches and dinners, afternoon teas and cocktail masterclasses. Take a look at their Christmas page for more information.

Contini, George Street, The Mound & Royal Mile

The Contini group has three fabulous festive venues across Edinburgh. All offer an array of seasonal delights, with traditional Scottish and continental options. Take a look at Contini’s Christmas brochure for full details.

Cask Smugglers, 3 Princes Street

Enter your own private winter wonderland for up to ten people, with Secret Domes at Cask Smugglers. These clear domes at the rooftop bar will be kitted out with festive decor, offering amazing views across the city. Christmas booking is coming soon, keep an eye here for updates.

Glasses of champagne on a tray

Badger & Co, 32 Castle Street

Wind In The Willows-inspired cocktail bar, Badger & Co, has a wonderful festive menu, available from 20th November to 24th December. What’s more, groups of 8 to 24 guests can enjoy a private gathering in Toad Hall. View the festive menu.

Christmas party accommodation

Here at Parliament House Hotel, we provide comfortable, central accommodation in Edinburgh, so you can rest those party feet after a fabulous Christmas night out. So, find out more about our hotel rooms, special offers and take a look around today!