INFO – Edinburgh’s Christmas 2010

Edinburgh’s Christmas  is almost upon us once more, where you will be able to see Santa collect his letters daily, skate in Princes Street Gardens and shop for presents at the German Market amongst many other choices. 

Mini Spotlight members meeting Santa last year

Mini Spotlight members meeting Santa last year


This year is the 25th anniversary of the tree being gifted to the city by the people of Hordaland in Norway which will give the celebrations a special poignancy in marking the special relationship between the two countries. 

We are especially looking forwards to  ‘Light Night’ on 25 November which will include entertaining street theatre and an awe-inspiring aerial display to light Edinburgh’s main Christmas tree. 

Cadbury and Nintendo have signed up to take part with their own special attractions and we wait in anticipation for the magical chocolate workshop. 

The Great Santa Run is taking place on Sunday 12th December and is fun for all the family.  The Edinburgh Wheel is back with prices remaining unchanged from 2009.  Also back this year, is the Snow Globe  which was a novel way to have your Christmas photo taken. 

Shoppers have the German Market to look forward to as well as the Highland Village Christmas Market and the Ethical Christmas Market.  Edinburgh Farmer’s Market are having an extra pre-Christmas market on Thursday 23rd December 9am – 2pm. 

You can read the entire programme of events in the enviromentally friendly e-brochure (PDF document, opens in new window). 

Winter Wonderland


Edinburgh Sparkles has information on all the events over the 6 weeks of festivities, but you can also look at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay website. 

We’ll be bringing you reviews and photos of everything that’s going on and can’t wait for it all to begin!  Look at our Christmas 2009 coverage here to get a flavour of the festivities ahead. 

You can also follow Edinburgh’s Christmas on twitter and facebook and be kept up to date of all things Christmas as well as some fantastic competitions.  The ice rink even has its own twitter account this year. 

If you’re visiting Edinburgh for the first time, you will find this map handy to work out where everything is.  Wrap up warm as if it’s anything like last winter, it’s going to be cold, but a whole lot of fun! 

Santa Run in Princes Street Gardens

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