Wrap Up Warm for Christmas Shopping in Edinburgh's Winter Wonderland

Edinburgh is a beautiful city at any time of year, but it really comes into its own in the run up to Christmas and Hogmanay (New Year’s). The city is decked in lights and a host of attractions are laid on to get everyone into the festive spirit and to encourage shoppers and revellers into the centre of town.

Between 30 November and 24 December the Royal Mile from the City Chambers to the Trongate will be illuminated by over 60,000 lights for the Virgin Money Street of life, a free event. The lights in the capital are turned on in another free event on November 22, which culminates in a spectacular fireworks display. The center of Edinburgh is transformed into a winter wonderland with a fairground, an ice rink and a sixty meter high star flyer which offers breath-taking views of the city. There will also be a host of festive shows at the Spiegeltent.

Shoppers will be spoilt for choice over the Christmas period. Pick of the bunch are the beautifully lit Christmas Markets in Princes Street Gardens and St Andrews Square, which offer a wide variety of festive treats and wonderful present ideas. Or perhaps escape the chilly winter air in Edinburgh’s iconic department store, Jenner’s, to pick from a huge range of Christmas goodies. Traditionalists will find all of the hand painted gifts and decorations they could ever want in the Nutcracker Christmas Shop.



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They celebrate Christmas all year long in the Nutcracker Christmas Shop and the wide range of decorations and gifts is bound to raise your Christmas spirits. This little gem of a shop stocks a range of delightful and quirky hand-carved wooden...  Read More



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Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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