Middle of November, all of December and early January is the ultimate month to visit Edinburgh at Christmas. The city becomes alive at Christmas with fairy lights, many nationalities come to visit, street performers fill the streets and lots of Christmas related events occur.
This makes it a great build-up to Christmas and a perfect place for friends, couples, children and families to spend time in Edinburgh. People are quick to visit London for Christmas celebrations however don’t realise how underrated Scotland’s capital actually is. Here are the top 5 reasons to visit Edinburgh during the Christmas period:
1) Afternoon Tea at The Dome
Visiting The Dome on George Street in Edinburgh is a must. Once you get inside you will notice the elegant meticulously crafted architecture. Amongst that, in its centre is a spectacular chandelier with so many lights glistening in the hallway. Don’t forget to reserve the afternoon tea for 2 in The Georgian Tea Room. There is a high demand for dining at the dome, especially around the Christmas period. So check online and make reservations in advance! Whether you’re a meat-eater, vegetarian, vegan and intolerance options too! You can book here.
2) Light Night Edinburgh At Christmas
During November there is a light night. Where radio hosts come and launch the lights of the Christmas tree, singers and choirs. Thousands of people line the streets to watch the lights being switched on. Which is rounded off by fantastic fireworks. A must-see and also free to attend.
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3) Christmas Market
The Christmas market at Edinburgh will certainly set you in the mood for Christmas. There are many stalls to peruse some selling handicrafts, others tasty treats and not to forget the mesmerising mulled wine! The same company also teams up with rides and there is a winter filled outdoor ice rink. If you’re wanting to ice-skate you can reserve tickets online here or pay when you arrive. The market is held at East Princes Street Gardens.
4) Watch a Pantomine
Come on, it’s Christmas time and pantomime is a fun theatre event for all to attend. It just sets the mood for the upcoming festivities. Especially in Edinburgh as it’s home to six theatres! Visit here to check what’s on over the Christmas period.
5) Hike Arthur’s Seat
Do you like outdoor activities? Hike up to the edge of an extinct Volcano in Edinburgh. In general, this is a popular attraction throughout many times of the year in Edinburgh. However, it could be argued that during the winter season it’s the best due to the scenery at the top showcasing the magical Christmas lights of Edinburgh from above.
Go ahead and visit Edinburgh for the Christmas period today. You will not be disappointed and it will set you in the most magnificent mood for the upcoming festivities.