By now, the festive festivities of Edinburgh’s Christmas are well underway. The lights are twinkling, the mulled wine is flowing and the Christmas cheer can be felt throughout the city. Whether this is your first year experiencing Edinburgh at Christmas or your twenty first, Christmas in Edinburgh is the gift that keeps on giving. With so much to see and even more to do, we are wrapping up our 3 favourite things to do in Edinburgh this Christmas.
1. Ice Skating At St Andrew Square
When it comes to Christmas in Edinburgh, what could be better than ice-skating around historic landmarks in one of the most beautiful cities in the world? Edinburgh’s Christmas is home to two stunning ice rinks over the Christmas festival. The first can be found on Princes Street amidst the hustle and bustle of all the Edinburgh Christmas markets. But the second, newer ice rink can be found at St Andrew Square. Less a rink and more a donut in shape, it allows you to skate all the way around the Melville Monument. Once you have finished taking in the sights with a 360 degree journey around the square, warm up with something from the bar before heading to the breath-taking Street of Light on the west end of George Street.
2. Flying High On The Star Flyer
What would Edinburgh’s Christmas be without the legendary Star Flyer? At nearly 60 meters high, it is an adrenaline rushing, heart pumping Christmas tradition. Situated on Princes Street, next to the beautiful Scott Monument, this gravity-defying Christmas ride is not for the faint of heart. But with some of the most stunning views of all of Edinburgh on offer, it is well worth it.
3. A Christmas Carol … Or Something Like It
And finally, what is Christmas in Edinburgh without a Christmas show? And since Edinburgh is the birthplace of the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge, we thought it only fitting that our Christmas show of choice be Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Or something resembling it. This year, the hilarious time travelling duo, Morgan & West, attempt to tell the story of our favourite Christmas-hating Scrooge while hosting a magic show and playing all the parts. What could possibly go wrong?
Once you are all Christmassed out, make your way to the Parliament House Hotel for a delicious pre-theatre dinner and coffee liqueur. Happy Holidays.