Christmas Preview – The Edinburgh Wheel

The Edinburgh Wheel

The Edinburgh Wheel

One of the most recognisable attractions of Edinburgh’s Christmas is the 33-metre Edinburgh Wheel, situated next to the equally distinctive Scott Monument in East Princes Street Gardens.

Ascending above the nearby activities, markets and Princes Street in the wheel is now a firmly established family festive favourite and the views from the top are breathtaking.

At weekends and peak times, you may have to queue for a while before enjoying your ride, but it’s worth it – and as other attractions such as the Christmas Carousel and Highland Christmas Village Market are right next to it, the atmosphere is still fun and enjoyable.


As with many of Edinburgh’s Christmas attractions, riding the Wheel at night can be a spectacular experience, when everything around is glittering and sparkling with lights and decorations.

The Edinburgh Wheel at night

The Edinburgh Wheel at night

The Edinburgh Wheel is in operation from the 26th November until the 4th of January, open from 10am to 10pm (6pm on Dec 31st).

The cost of a ride is dependent on your height: if you’re 1.35m or over, the charge is £4, if you’re shorter than this it costs £2.50. (These prices rise to £5 and £4 during the Hogmanay period of 31st Dec – 2nd Jan).

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