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Edinburgh Christmas Itinerary

Discover the Magic of Christmas in Edinburgh

Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Edinburgh. The whole city sparkles and glitters as we celebrate the winter festivals. If you’re staying with us over the festive season, we’ve put together an action-packed itinerary of things to do and places to see.

Morning Market

Christmas cookies hanging on a market stall

We think the best time to visit the Edinburgh Christmas Market is in the morning, when it is less crowded. So, after breakfast at MP’s Bistro, take a 10-minute walk from your accommodation at Parliament House Hotel to Princes Street Gardens. Here you’ll find a magical winter wonderland, full of Edinburgh Christmas lights, festive stalls and attractions. The perfect place to start your Christmas shopping.

Festive Lunch

Couple drinking at the Christmas Market

At the Christmas Market, you can choose from a whole array of tasty street food and drink. Bratwurst hot dogs, beef short ribs, Scottish seafood, vegan burgers, fish and chips, mac and cheese and more is on sale from specialist stands. Not to mention sweet treats like gingerbread, fudge and macaroons. Plus, whisky cocktails, mulled wine and hot chocolate are available to bring you warmth and festive cheer.

Afternoon Adventures

View of Edinburgh Castle from the esplanade

In the afternoon, you may decide to stay at the Christmas Market and experience some of the fun fairground rides and attractions. From the gentle carousel to the thrilling star flyer.

If you’re ready to venture onwards, you could go to The Dome for a festive drink. This is the most Christmassy place in Edinburgh, with stunning decorations that will definitely get you into the spirit of the season.

Or, how about a visit to Edinburgh Castle, the city’s most famous landmark? Here, you’ll learn the traditions of a Victorian Christmas, discovering festive facts, like who invented the Christmas cracker and who sent the first ever Christmas card. If you’re still hungry, you can also enjoy a delicious Christmas Afternoon Tea, complete with mince pies and a chocolate Rudolph!

Evening Celebrations

Three women toasting with glasses of Champagne

For your evening entertainment, we’d suggest booking tickets for one of these fantastic Christmas shows in Edinburgh. We offer a fabulous pre-theatre deal, if you’d like to dine beforehand.

Perhaps you’re more in the mood for an Edinburgh Christmas party? Then, get together with family and friends and come along to MP’s Bistro for a festive feast! Celebrate with us and enjoy fresh, seasonal Christmas menus in a wonderful, cosy atmosphere. And as you’re staying with us at Parliament House Hotel, your comfortable room awaits just along the corridor. No need to worry about how you’re getting home after a great night out!

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