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Christmas in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a great city to visit all year round. One of my favourite times is now!

I enjoy the earlier drawn and the darker evenings with the bright coloured lights of the ferris wheel, aromas of mulled wine and delicious gingerbread from the German Christmas market.

Edinburgh's Christmas Ferris Wheel ©M D Harding Travel Photography

Christmas In Edinburgh

All the stops get pulled out this time of year for the festivities. Princes Street is awash with tempting gifts and sweets from the Christmas market and rides for all the family including the ferris wheel, carousel, and an ice skating rink!

The Christmas Market, Edinburgh is on now until January 6th 2024! It can be busy at times and some things might be said to be a little over priced but there is nothing like a stroll around seeing the crafts, tasting the food and drink and enjoying the festive atmosphere.

Little colourful, cute ceramic houses.
Handmade Houses From Lithuania ©M D Harding Travel Photography

The streets are a hive of activity with Christmas Shoppers, busily buying last minute Christmas gifts. The shops extend their shopping hours this time of year. Thursday evenings are the best, right after work combined with dining on George Street. One of my favourites is The Dome. The grand Georgian entrance with its Grecian stone pillars wrapped in festive garlands, inside the traditional Christmas tree and warm ambiance.

Please book inadvance to avoid dissapointment!

The Dome illuminated for Christmas.
The Dome at Christmas ©M D Harding Travel Photography

This past weekend (10th December) was the Edinburgh annual Santa fun run (You can also walk). Anyone can participate, all welcome. All money raised from the Edinburgh Santa Fun Run & Walk will be used to help fund Wishes creating the most magical of memories for our Wish children throughout Scotland who are aged 4-16 and who live with a life threatening illness. (Please register, adult santa's minimum sponsorship of £10 to help make a wish) you run around the west end of Princes Street Gardens (2.5km). The turnout is always spectacular even when its dreich! Some of us Scots are a hardy and game bunch.

Gentleman with santa costume and bag pipes
Santa Fun Run, Edinburgh ©M D Harding Travel Photography

More festivities are lined up from December 27th - New Year's Day including the torchlight parade, concert in the gardens, ceilidh, fireworks and one of the world’s biggest Hogmanay street parties.

While in Edinburgh for the holidays you might also like to enjoy a festive afternoon tea. There are a few incredible ones to choose from but don't worry I have you covered! Discover the best festive afternoon teas in central Scotland.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and the very best for 2024 x

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