Posted on 02/10/2013
Visiting Edinburgh at any time of the year is an unforgettable experience. The shops, the sightseeing, the unique atmosphere, you are guaranteed a warm welcome whenever you choose to visit. But planning a trip at Christmas offers you that something extra special and spending the holiday season in Scotland's capital has a whole host of amazing things to offer.
Shopping is a big part of Christmas wherever you go and Scotland is no exception. Every Christmas, Edinburgh hosts the famous German Christmas Market, offering an array of unusual gift ideas, handmade Christmas decorations and beautiful crafts. Sample some traditional Glühwein, a type of German mulled wine and enjoy some German fair such as grilled sausages, burgers and delicious desserts.
Late-night shopping is another favourite festive activity, with shops in the city centre and along Princes Street opening their doors late into the evening for keen shoppers. The glittering lights and fabulous decorations in the city add to the atmosphere, giving you a real Christmassy glow as you shop.
Forget about bad carol singers knocking on your door for cash, Edinburgh boasts some fantastic musical experiences that will really get you in the festive mood. You wil be captivated by the beautiful annual Christmas concert by the Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers, or visit the St Giles Cathedral Choir in Parliament Square (outside the cathedral).
Let's face it, Christmas dinner isn't just for Christmas Day and food plays a big part in most people's seasonal celebrations. Even if you are on cooking duty on the big day, why not sit back, relax and let someone else do all the work? The Royal Scots Club is the perfect venue for a delicious Christmas dinner, offering a warm welcome with a cosy fireplace and traditional Christmas setting. Whether you are part of a big party or a cosy couple, enjoy the lavish surroundings, delicious food and indulgent drinks as part of your visit to Edinburgh.
If you fancy unleashing your more adventurous side, then take a trip to Edinburgh's Winter Wonderland where you can glide around the ice rink in Princess Street Gardens. The 100ft ferris wheel situated near Edinburgh Castle gives you perfect views of the site, with the glittering lights and Christmas decorations lighting up the sky.
While you are exploring the city, why not head across to the Royal Mile and pick up some exquisite decorations from Ye Olde ChristmasShoppe and the Nutcracker Christmas Shop, both bursting with beautiful gifts and exquisite decorations, bringing the festive spirit to the city right through the year.
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year and if you can take some time away with a loved one, your extended family or a lovely group of friends then it can really add to the occasion. Brighten up your winter with a visit to Edinburgh, taking in all the sights and sounds this gorgeous city has to offer.