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10 Reasons to Visit Edinburgh at Christmas

Edinburgh and Christmas go together like mulled wine and mince pies; the Castle, the cobblestones, the glowing lampposts – all dusted with snow – provide the perfect backdrop to the year’s most magical season.

So here at Vie Amhor we have the top 10 reasons why the Scottish capital is the perfect Christmas break.

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1. Ice Skating with Castle Views


Visiting Edinburgh with your other half? Hop right into the pages of a fairytale with a couples’ skate around the city’s outdoor ice rink, located in East Princes Street Gardens. Enjoy stunning castle views as you glide hand-in-hand across the ice.

2. Christmas Shopping on Princes Street

Escape the chaos of your local mall and choose Princes Street as your Christmas shopping headquarters instead. Of all the places to shop in Edinburgh, Princes Street offers the most variety, including a House of Fraser in the famous Jenners Building, known for its fantastic Christmas décor.

3. Exploring the European Markets

Every December, Edinburgh’s Mound Precinct transforms into a miniature Bavarian village, with vendors selling everything from handcrafted cuckoo clocks to mugs of delicious glühwein.

It’s the perfect place to find unique Christmas gifts and a great way to start a festive night out in the city.

4. Hot Chocolates in Cosy Cafes


Fend of the freezing British winter air with a hot chocolate from one of Edinburgh’s many charming cafes. The Chocolate Tree and Coco cafes, both in Bruntsfield, are known for serving up some of the best hot chocolates in the city. Pick a window seat and watch the world pass by outside, or ask for a takeaway cup and sip the chocolatey concoction as you walk through the frost-covered Meadows.

Address: 123 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4EQ
Phone:0131 228 3144

Address: 174 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH10 4ER
Phone: 0131 228 4526

5. The St Giles’ Cathedral Choir Concert in Parliament Square

Gather around St. Giles, just a short walk from all of our Royal Mile apartments, for a candle-lit performance by the Cathedral’s choir. Listening to the raw, angelic melodies of these brilliant vocalists in such a beautiful setting makes for an unforgettable experience.

Address: St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile

6. Festive Cocktails at The Dome


Put on your Christmas finest and head to The Dome on George Street for a festive drink that’s sure to get you into the Yuletide spirit. Every year, The Dome goes all out with its winter décor. Thick pine garlands wrap around the columns that line its elegant entrance and, once inside, sparkly ornaments glisten from every rafter, banister and beam.

Address: 14 George St New Town, Edinburgh EH2 2PF
Tel: 0131 624 8624

7. Panoramic Views from the Edinburgh Wheel


Wrap up in as many layers as possible and take a ride on the famous Edinburgh wheel, one of the city’s most iconic Christmas landmarks. Situated right next to the towering Scot Monument, the wheel offers incredible views of the Castle, Princes Street and the European markets below.

8. Christmas Pantomime at the King’s Theatre

If you’re visiting Edinburgh with kids this winter, nothing will kick-off the excitement of Christmas quite like watching a panto at the city’s historic King’s Theatre. For 2014, the King’s Theatre is taking audiences on a magical carpet ride with a performance of Aladdin.

Address: 2 Leven St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 9LQ
Phone: 0131 529 6000

9. The ‘Great Edinburgh Santa Run’


Get into the festive fitness spirit and join this stampede of Santas in a brilliant 5k run around Princes Street Gardens. Certainly one of the funniest running events in Edinburgh, the Great Edinburgh Santa Run is enjoyable for spectators too.

The 2013 Great Edinburgh Santa Run will take place on 8th December 2013 at 11am.

10. LIMBO circus in the St. Andrew’s Square Spiegeltent

LIMBO website

Udderbelly’s famous Spiegeltent isn’t just a feature of the Edinburgh Festival. The tent will return to the city for Edinburgh Christmas 2013, serving as home to the breathtaking LIMBO circus. Expect mind-blowing illusions, beautiful choreography and sensational stunts in a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

If you’re visiting Edinburgh this December, our city centre Edinburgh apartments are the perfect place to hang your Christmas stockings. We also offer luxury Hogmanay accommodation in Edinburgh – so please don’t hesitate to get in touch!



Written by Margaret Kay

Originally hailing from Seattle, Margaret has called Edinburgh home for just over four years. A freelance writer, she spends her time hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop – enjoying every angle of this stunning city along the way.

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