A Perfect Christmas in Edinburgh

There is something very special about Edinburgh during the festive season.

The bright sparkling lights, the joyful music, the gathering of friends and family, the celebration. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! We have created a list of how to spend the most wonderful Christmas in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Christmas Wonderland runs from 17th of November till 5th of January. It is just once in a year! Let’s take the most of it!



European Christmas Market is one of the best parts of Edinburgh at Christmas. Princes Street Gardens transformed into the most magical place! From mini crêpes and chocolate marshmallow to German meats, artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches, baked potatoes and many more deletions food to make your belly very merry 😊 No visit to the market would be complete without a slip of warm and aromatic mulled wine.

Ice Skating. The best way to feel Christmas spirit is when you ice skating with the best festive tunes, followed by a well-deserved dose of hot chocolate. It might become your daily ritual during the holidays.



Santa Land. Young kids will love Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens, it is a festively themed fairground with six different fun rides and a children’s market full of gifts and toys. There is also an Elves Workshop hidden in the Christmas tree maze, or even visit Santa’s Grotto to meet the main man!



For a bit of festive singing, it’s well worth going to listen Christmas Carol singing in one of the many Kirks and Cathedrals. The concert will include a range of your favourite carols. It gets busy, so make sure to arrive early to get a seat.



Christmas day 25th of December Generally, everything is shut down on Christmas day (bus tours, museums, castle, Christmas Market etc.) as it is a day to spend with Family. Make sure you book in advance Christmas lunch or dinner as most of the restaurants will be closed too.

So, the question is… what to do on Christmas Day in Edinburg?

There are so many ways to spend this very special day. We love the most –  walking in the city! The streets are quiet so take a chance to have Edinburgh just for yourself!

Walk down the Royal Mile and hike up to Arthur’s Seat to have one of the best views of the city!



If you feel you had too much Turkey and won’t be able to reach the top of The Arthur’s Seat, make your way to Carlton Hill. Carlton Hill is a hill in central Edinburgh, just to the east of the New Town and is included in the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hill also houses several iconic monuments and buildings including National Monument, the Dugald Stewart Monument, Nelson’s Monument, the Old Royal High School, the Robert Burns Monument, the Political Martys Monument and the City Observatory

Another place to visit on the Christmas day is Dean Village. It is simply a small, quiet, residential area by the Water of Leith. Dean Village was previously where milling of water mills took place. Hidden in the village, you will come across a variety of millstones and decorated piles.


For your cosy evening with family or friends don’t forget to bring some board games. It is lots of fun and I guarantee you will remember the Christmas in Edinburgh – the best Christmas ever! Of course, if you will do food shopping before Christmas day, otherwise you might stay hungry 😊. All the grocery stores will be closed.