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The best places to wrap up your Christmas shopping in Edinburgh

With just over one month to go until the festive period, it’s time to get your skates on with your Christmas shopping. There’s no better time to book a stay at Parliament House for a spot of Christmas shopping in Edinburgh.

Christmas Shopping in Edinburgh

From Christmas markets to designer boutiques, you’ll find something special for all your loved ones in the Scottish capital.

Charming Royal Mile

Royal Mile street view in EdinburghStart your shopping on the historic Royal Mile and soak up the festive Old Town festive atmosphere. Here, you’ll find charming shops including the Nutcracker Christmas shop with wooden carved nativity figures, Christmas stockings and festive fragrances. Then, at the nearby Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, there are Scottish tartan Christmas tree decorations decorated with beads and silks. Perfect for a gift, or adding a Scottish festive touch to your own tree! While you’re on the Royal Mile, pick up an authentic Scottish tartan scarf or bottle of whisky for loved ones. Then, stop off at one of the cafés for a much-needed warm hot chocolate or coffee and sweet treat.

Fairy-tale Christmas Markets

Christmas Market Stall in EdinburghChristmas shopping in Edinburgh isn’t complete without visiting the traditional Christmas Markets in Edinburgh. Book an Edinburgh Christmas break at Parliament House Hotel and enjoy shopping and festivities in our capital. At the Christmas Market in East Princes Street Gardens, you’ll find festive fragrances and sights, delicious food and unique gifts. Open daily until 6th January 2018, you can browse wooden cabins decorated with twinkling lights. You’ll find plenty of handcrafted gifts, toy, or delicious festive delicacies including warm mulled wine. Then, visit George Street for the Scottish Christmas Market with authentic Scottish gifts and food. Here, you can sample locally crafted beer and local cheese and sausages, whilst shopping for handcrafted jewellery and gifts. While on George Street, you’re close to the Ice Adventure with its fantastic display of ice sculptures in Edinburgh. This year’s “A Journey Through Frozen Scotland” theme has mystical characters, whisky barrels and animals carved out of ice.

Late night shopping in Edinburgh

Shopper looking at a Christmas tree in a shop windowYou can enjoy your Christmas shopping in Edinburgh with ease, as the Christmas markets are open until 8 pm or 10 pm. Many shops have extended opening hours until 8 pm or later, giving you more time to shop for the perfect gifts. It’s a fantastic time to soak up the festive spirit. Walk along cobbled streets lit with sparkling Edinburgh Christmas lights and pick up a tasty treat from a street food vendor. Then, when the shopping is done, stop at a stylish bar or cosy pub for a well-deserved drink.

Department stores and boutiques

If you’re on the lookout for gadgets or stylish clothing, the department stores and boutiques in Edinburgh have a fantastic selection. You’ll find leading stores like Debenhams, House of Fraser, the Apple Store, Marks and Spencer on Princes Street. Here, you can buy perfume, jewellery, high-tech gifts and high street clothing brands. For luxury designer gifts, Multrees Walk has upscale brands including Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Jojo Maman Bebe, and Scotland’s only Harvey Nichols.

It’s a Christmas wrap

Once you’ve purchased your Christmas gifts for your loved ones, why not let someone else take care of the wrapping? On Saturday 9th December, the Virgin Money Lounge Edinburgh hosts a Christmas gift wrapping service in aid of Children’s 1st Many shops in Edinburgh like Paper Tiger also offer a gift-wrapping service for added convenience. This leaves you with more time to enjoy Edinburgh’s festive events and attractions.

 

Book your Christmas shopping break in Edinburgh at Parliament House Hotel, and enjoy a central stay close to all the festivities and shops. Have a look at our special offers and save money for those all-important treats for you and your loved ones this Christmas.

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