With Edinburgh’s Christmas now in full swing, we thought we’d present a short list of our favourite things to do in the city during the festive period.
5. See Jenners’ Christmas Tree
An Edinburgh tradition, the Christmas Tree in Jenners’ main hall has brought a touch of magic to the city’s most traditional department store for many years.
A 40ft tree from the Buccleuch Estate in the Scottish Borders, the tree and the surrounding lights and decorations on the balconies provide a stunning and glittering display of Christmas cheer that is well worth a trip into the store to see.
4. Catch a Christmas movie
It’s A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, even The Muppets Christmas Carol – what nicer way to get into the mood than to watch a Christmas classic on the big screen?
Edinburgh’s independent cinemas are bringing celluloid cheer to their screens througout the Christmas period. Check out the programme at The Filmhouse, The Cameo’s showing of It’s A Wonderful Life and the seasonal movies showing at the The Scotsman Screening Room.
3. Go skating at the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink
A treat for young and old alike, the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink in East Princes Street Gardens is another Edinburgh tradition.
Open until the 4th of January, this is an ideal family activity for the Christmas and Hogmanay period. The rink is surrounded by kid-friendly fairground rides, a bungy dome and food & drink stalls, making it a perfect place to bring the entire family to for some festive thrills (and hopefully not too many spills!)
It’s even disabled-friendly, as when we were there last week we saw someone in a wheelchair on the rink enjoying themselves – well done Edinburgh’s Christmas for making this a truly accessible attraction for everyone to enjoy.
2. See a panto
Whether you’re after raucous fun and corny jokes or magical fairytales and beautiful costumes, Edinburgh’s pantos have something to suit.
Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates (read our review here) at the King’s Theatre is filled with outrageous costumes, fantastic humour and great performances from a cast that have become an Edinburgh institution.
Peter Pan (review here) at the Lyceum is an equally entertaining show, choosing to focus on the magical nature of JM Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who never grew up with some beautiful stagecraft and scenery (and ice cream…)
1. Have fun at the Winter Wonderland
Soar above the streets on the Edinburgh Wheel; spin perilously close to the Scott Monument on the Flying Carousel; have your photo taken inside the giant snowglobe – there’s loads of fun things to see and do at the Winter Wonderland.
As well as the rides and attractions, the Wonderland in East Princes Street Gardens and the Mound Precinct is also home to the Traditional Highland Village Market and the Traditional German Christmas Market, making it a wonderful place to stroll around, looking at the gifts and decorations on sale.
Food and drink is in plentiful supply too, with the likes of Well Hung & Tender providing some tasty treats at the Highland Village; and some delicious European delicacies on offer at the German Christmas Market – including many an adult’s favourite – Glühwein (warm German spiced wine).
Of course, this is just a small selection of everything going on around Edinburgh at Christmas time. Check out the official Edinburgh’s Christmas website for full details of all the other events, attractions and activities; all of which go together to make Edinburgh a fabulous and exciting place to be at this time of year.