Sparking lights, festive magic, the smell of mulled wine and hot toddies while you explore the city in your favorite Christmas jumper… it can only mean one thing! Edinburgh’s Christmas is coming to town from 18th November till 7th January 2018! With so much to offer, now is definitely the time to start planning your Edinburgh Christmas experience, tis the season to be jolly after all.
Edinburgh’s Christmas is perfect for all the family, a romantic winter wonderland getaway or festive time with friends in Scotland’s capital city, but what’s instore this year? The Scotsman Hotel has all the details…
The Ice Adventure, George Street, Edinburgh – From Friday 17 November – Sunday 24 December 2017
Brand now for 2017, The Ice Adventure is an immersive walk-through arctic installation, filled with spellbinding sculptures guaranteed to take your breath away. Take a tour of Scotland with life-like sculptures of Vikings, fairies and Kelpies, Highland cows, eagles and Dolly the Sheep, Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots and Greyfriars Bobby. Look carefully, and you may also catch a glimpse of the elusive Loch Ness Monster! With a setting of -10 C, be sure to wrap… chilly festive times indeed! Find out more by clicking here.
The Festive Markets, East Princes Street Gardens – 18th Nov 2017 – 6th Jan 2018
With an abundance of tasty treats, unique gifts, ideal stocking fillers to name but a few, you don’t get much more festive than a Christmas Market. The Christmas Market will once again return to East Princes St Gardens for a whole host of bespoke and traditional Christmas items!
From large European marketplaces to intimate street food gatherings, our city has lots of interesting and unique markets where you can find that perfect present and get in the festive mood with a piping hot mug of mulled wine. you are bound to find exactly what you’re looking for with our huge range of special market traders. Click here for details.
St Andrew Square Ice Rink, 17th Nov 2017 – 6 Jan 2018, 10am to 9.30pm
It wouldn’t be Edinburgh’s Christmas without some ice skating so get you’re skates on! the unique Ice Rink surrounding the iconic Melville Monument is back, complete with bridges and a circular bar at its foot. Skaters of all levels are welcome. You can bring your own skates or hire them on the day. Pre-book and find out more by clicking here.
Festive Rides and Kids Attractions (including Santa’s Grotto) at The Mound and Gardens, East Princes Street Gardens
Once again The Forth One Big Wheel will illuminate the Edinburgh skyline with outstanding views across the city. With its cosy covered pods bejewelled with 20,000 lights the ferris wheel is a kaleidoscopic extravaganza.
Santa Land is back too, rejuvenated and dazzling, boasting some fabulous fun rides that the kids will love, including the Santa Train, the Christmas Tree Maze and several affordable kids rides. Around Santa Land there will be a number of other stalls to provide fun for all the family. Please note that Santa’s Grotto can be found on George Street this year. Find out more by clicking here.
Born out of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004 in a genius moment by David Bates, owner and producer of The Famous Spiegeltent, La Clique has gone on to global acclaim and sell out audiences across the world, including Sydney, New York, Montreal, Brighton, Adelaide, London and of course Edinburgh. La Clique returns home to Edinburgh for a very special seasonal treat; La Clique Noël. Click here to book tickets and for more details.
The Scotsman Hotel truly has a great location in the heart of the city, ideal for exploring all the festivities of Edinburgh’s Christmas. Book now and experience a little festive magic this winter, with a little luxury thrown in for good measure.