With the long summer days behind us and chilly nights ahead, we know just how tempting it is to head for the covers, snuggle down and wait for the winter months to pass. But with so many wonderful things happening all over the city, spending winter in Edinburgh is its own reward.
1. Winter Festivals
Whether it is your first trip to Scotland’s capital or you are simply looking for winter holiday ideas, Edinburgh’s Winter Festivals are sure not to disappoint. At the end of November, Christmas in Edinburgh officially gets underway with the annual Christmas Lights Switch On. All around the streets are decked in lights and tinsel, while a hurly-burly of festive festivities transforms Edinburgh into a dazzling display of all things merry. From Santa Land and the Star Flyer to ice-skating and open-air parties, Edinburgh’s Christmas and Edinburgh’s legendary Hogmanay are the perfect way to enjoy the December holly-day.
2. Christmas Markets
We love shopping in Edinburgh. And where better to do all your Christmas shopping than at the Christmas Markets in Edinburgh? For unique gifts and traditional Christmas items, head to the European Christmas Market on East Princes Street Gardens. Or make your way to George Street to sample the very best food, drink and crafts Scotland has to offer at the annual Scottish Market. If you are looking for presents for wee ones, then a trip to the Children’s Market in Santa Land is a must. Once you are all shopped out, make your way back to the Parliament House Hotel for a piping hot chocolate or some mulled wine.
3. Christmas Shows
We all know that Christmas and pantomimes go hand in hand. And Christmas breaks in Edinburgh would not be complete without a fabulous line up of festive shows. From the 26th of November until the 31st of December, Alice will be following the white rabbit all the way to the Lyceum, while Mamma Mia takes the stage closer to home at the Edinburgh Playhouse.
4. Christmas Food
From nutella pancakes at the Christmas markets, to neeps and tatties on Hogmanay, winter in Edinburgh is all about enjoying good food with excellent company. It usually starts with the Christmas office party, followed by some delicious festive lunches with friends, and finally, Christmas Day Lunch with your nearest and dearest. What’s not to love?
5. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
And finally, our favourite part of winter in Edinburgh is Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. Known the world over as the greatest New Year’s celebration of them all, the three-day winter festival has an amazing line up of torchlight processions, open street parties, traditional Scottish Ceilidh’s and an unbelievable fireworks display from atop Edinburgh Castle. In short, it is an opportunity to show the rest of the world how to party. And since we are tucked away in the heart of all the Hogmanay action, our Hogmanay Package means you don’t have to worry about long walks, catching the bus or painful train rides home. The only thing you need to worry about is kicking up your heels and dancing into the wee sma’ hours this Hogmanay.
With so much to look forward to all winter long, one thing is certain – winter in Edinburgh is the gift that keeps on giving.