All things Christmas in Edinburgh
The atmospheric Scottish capital comes into its own from late November into the new year. Spend a charming day in Edinburgh enjoying all things Christmas in this fair city in Scotland.
Under the watch of brooding Edinburgh Castle, visitors can head to the two favorite Christmas markets: The Old Town’s traditional European Christmas is held in its picturesque setting below the Mound. It sells crafts, arts, gifts and gastronomic delights in East Princes St Gardens (ends January 7).
The New Town Scottish Market on George Street (ends December 24) showcases the best locally-sourced food and drink from cupcakes and venison sausages to craft beer. Check out Edinburgh's Christmas 2018 for more information.
Edinburgh does not disappoint younger visitors either: Every year the 60m Star Flyer and the Big Wheel return to East Princes St Gardens, bringing cheer and unparalleled views of the city. The circular ice rink in St Andrew Square is another unmissable attraction for young and old during advent.
For a break away from the festivities, climb the Scott Monument in Princes Street Gardens—the space here was originally a moat for Edinburgh Castle—and head to the cozy underground cocktail bar of Bramble on Queen Street.
For more traditional Christmas shopping head to New Town’s plethora of chic boutiques and designer shops as well as its buzzing bars and cafes. The nearby neighborhood of Stockbridge hosts an impressive farmers market every Sunday.
For a drink or dinner afterwards, visit the popular Scran & Scallie gastro pub, from the Michelin-starred team behind The Kitchin.
Words: Christopher Kanal