Although Christmas is still 36 days away the festive spirit is already descending on the city. With a plethora of events to choose in the capital from you’ll have a merry time indeed. Here are our top five you should be sure not to miss:
1. European Christmas Market
Ranked 5th on the Telegraph’s list of best British Christmas Markets this year, Edinburgh’s European Christmas Market is a must. Enjoy a smoky bratwurst and some fragrant mulled wine or choose from a range of other gastronomic delights from across Europe, delivered to the heart of the capital. The Christmas Market will stretch from the Mound, along East Princes Street Gardens Terrace and around the Scott Monument is packed full of unique gift ideas and traditional European crafts. This romantic festive market runs from November 20th until January 4th.
2. Light Night
Join over a thousand performers on George Street this Sunday (20th November) to watch the turning on of Edinburgh’s Christmas lights by Scotland’s own superstar, Susan Boyle. This year the themes of light and performance is set to create a sparkling festive-extravaganza. Hosted by Forth Radio’s Arlene Stuart, the free event will start at 1.30PM before an illuminating firework show at 4.30PM.
3. Street of Light
Experience the city’s most famous street, staged under a vibrant canopy of light. Over 60,000 lights will be installed nearly 20 metres high across the Royal Mile. The art installation will see arches running up the street with lights synchronised to music from a range of local choirs. This spectacular event will brighten up Edinburgh’s Old Town from 30th November to 24th December. Reserve your free ticket here to ensure entry to the daily event.
4. Get your skates on
Whether you’re a pro skater or you’re more likely to be clinging on to the edges, ice skating in the city centre is an ultimate Christmas experience. Edinburgh is hosting two outdoor ice rinks with one in Princes Street Garden and the other at St Andrews Square. This activity is open to all ages and runs on 45 minute sessions. Enjoy skating to some chart topping tunes among Christmas classics in either of the city’s winter wonderlands.
5. Big Wheel
This year an annual attraction at Edinburgh’s Christmas, The Big Wheel, gets even bigger. Prince’s Square will host the biggest incarnation of the ride to grace the city; which is set to stand at a whopping 44 metres. This is a fun and festive way to view the capital from above and it also comes with an inbuilt audio tour of Edinburgh as well as other festive events. With room for six people in each gondola, this should be a breath taking start to your Christmas celebrations. If you live in Edinburgh with an EH postcode, you will even receive a 20% discount on your ticket.