Edinburgh transforms into a winter wonderland every year for the festive period. The city centre is swathed in lights, there are parties galore and some great shops and markets where you can buy presents and treats for your loved ones. There are also some wonderful annual attractions which are bound to put a smile on even the face of even most hardened Scrooge.
The pantomime is an annual tradition which is loved by children and adults alike. The jokes may be cheesy and the costumes outlandish but it is hard not to be swept up by the atmosphere and find yourself joining in ... “he’s behind you!” As ever, this year’s pantomime at the Kings Theatre, “Jack and the Beanstalk" starring Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott looks set to be a crowd pleaser.
There are a number of other great attractions for the kids, possibly the most magical of which is a visit to Santa Land. This great city center attraction includes a Santa Train, rollercoaster, maze, Reindeer Rid and Balloon Ride. Of course you can also get to meet Santa himself and pick up an early present.
The ultimate festive attraction in Edinburgh is of course the Hogmanay (New Year’s) celebrations in the city center. In Scotland the celebration of New Year’s Eve comes close to eclipsing Christmas. The capital plays host to a massive street party with an open air concert, and a huge ceilidh culminating in a world class fireworks display.