Top 5 things to do in Edinburgh this Christmas

It’s almost a month until Christmas Day, which means that there’s going to be plenty of Yuletide excitement around Edinburgh.  Whether you’re more of an Ebenezer Scrooge than a Santa worshipper, there’s going to be something to suit everybody’s Christmas spirit this winter. Here’s our picks for the best of the festivities over Christmas!

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  1. Edinburgh German Market

You’d have to be living under one of the Edinburgh vaults not to have heard of – or at least seen – this one. One of the downsides of Christmas in Edinburgh is the throngs of people on Princes Street. Getting through these crowds for a Bratwurst or a Dutch pancake is no easy feat – elbows at the ready, be prepared to push – but once you get the hang of it, its well worth the bruises. The vibe is irresistible to even to the most jaded of Scots.

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2. St Andrew’s Square

If you have kids, this is your best bet for getting a bit of peace and (relative) quiet for half an hour. The ice rink provides at least 25 minutes of children’s entertainment, while you sneak off for a bevy or three. If you don’t have kids, it’s a great spot for an Irish coffee and a crepe, should the mood strike you.

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3. Watch Love Actually at the open-air cinema

The Edinburgh University Courtyard Cinema returns to show everyone’s favourite feel-good Christmas movie. Directed by Richard Curtis and starring the woman from the Active ads, it’s a great opportunity to see a classic rom-com on the big screen, in the beautiful courtyard in Edinburgh’s Old College. Wrap up warm with plenty of blankets, though – an hour and a half sitting outside can get mighty chilly.

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4. Christmas Dining in Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols is opening its doors for a Christmas dining experience like no other. If you’re into your luxury, you’ll be more than pleased with the spread they’ve sorted out. With a menu including red wine-poached halibut and air-dried duck, with a fantastic view of the centre of Edinburgh.

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5. Hot Toddy at the Whiski Rooms

While the Whiski Rooms are already pretty famous in Edinburgh, the Whiski Rooms at Christmas are a bit of a different ball game. Decorated with fairy lights and red berries, it’s a great place to come in from the cold and warm up with a hot whiskey. The vibe is too Christmassy for words and the view from the top of the mound is magical.

 

 

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