Things to look forward to this Christmas in Edinburgh

Christmas in Edinburgh 2023

What’s happening this Christmas in Edinburgh? Although we’re still in the middle of autumn, festive celebrations will be upon us before we know it. With this in mind, we have pulled together a list of 5 fun things to do this Christmas 2023 in Edinburgh.

1. Edinburgh Christmas market and attractions

Edinburgh Christmas Market is a huge hit with anyone visiting this historic city. It starts on 17th November and finishes in early January. The traditional Christmas market and fairground attractions will stretch along East and West Princes Street Gardens, taking in many of Edinburgh’s landmarks along the way. There will also be a winter garden in St Andrew Square. Expect to find a peppering of quaint and quirky stalls. Candles, decorations, German cuisine, crafts, jewellery and much more can be uncovered in this must-see event. Plus, glittering lights, family activities and other festive events. Find out more.

The Edinburgh Christmas Market lit up at the Edinburgh Christmas Festival

2. George Street ice rink

This year, the Christmas ice rink will be on George Street. Your chance to glide up and down the street on an alpine ice rink, which has become one of the festive favourites here in Edinburgh. There will also be hot drinks and treats available from food stalls in the warming zone. Sessions are available to book online now. Book tickets.

Adults skating on an outdoor ice rink

3. Christmas at the Botanics 2023

At the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, you can get into the festive cheer with this spectacular light show. Meander the gardens illuminated trail on a chilly winter’s eve and take in the beauty of this landscape, lit up at night. This is is a truly magical experience for all to enjoy. This year, it starts on 16th November and ends on 30th December. Book tickets.

4. The King’s Christmas Panto

For those who love a [antomime, the King’s Panto is a fantastic Edinburgh Christmas tradition, dating back to 1906. Its usual venue, the King’s Theatre, is undergoing a refurbishment, so the Festival Theatre will be hosting. This time taking on the swashbuckling tale of Peter Pan. Starring Allan Stewart, Grant Stott and Jordan Young, the panto kicks off on 25th November and finishes on 31st January. Book tickets.

5. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations

Also on the agenda, of course, is Edinburgh’s Hogmanay! This spectacular event celebrates the turning of a new year. Spanning 4 days of celebration, this year’s programme includes live music, street parties and fireworks! The Concert in the Gardens on New Year’s Eve will be headlined by 90s indie band, Pulp. Book tickets.

Fireworks over Edinburgh Castle

So there you have it. There is plenty to look forward to for Christmas in Edinburgh 2023. And if you’re looking for accommodation during the festivities, check out our central Parliament House Hotel.