Edinburgh is a great city to visit all year round. One of my favourite times is now!
I enjoy the earlier drawn in darker evenings with the bright coloured lights of the ferris wheel and the aromas of mulled wine and delicious delicatessen from the German Christmas Market.
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 Markets and rides for all the family including the ferris wheel, Carousel, and an Ice Skating Rink!
If you jump on over to St Andrews Square there are more tempting delights on offer as well as traditional artisan gifts.
The streets are a hive of activity with Christmas Shoppers and catching the last minute bargains to be had. 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.
This past weekend was the annual Santa fun run. Anyone can participate, wearing a Santa suit you run around the west end of Princes Street Gardens. The turnout is always spectacular even when its dreich! Some of us Scots are a hardy and game bunch.
We also had Prancer, Donner, Blitzin and some new recruits visiting from the Scottish Lapland of Aviemore – www.cairngormreindeer.co.uk/
No sign of Santa on this occasion, busy with the lead up to Christmas no doubt.
More festivities are lined up including one of the world’s biggest Hogmanay street parties.
For more information; http://www.edinburghschristmas.com/whats-on
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and the very best for 2015 x