Scotland’s capital really pulls out the stops for the festive season, beginning with the stalls of the continental-style Christmas market on East Princes Street Gardens, set under the gaze of a frost-covered Edinburgh Castle.
Funfair attractions range from the Big Wheel to the gravity-defying Star Flyer.
For a fun day or night out with family, St Andrew Square features the Spiegeltent, where shows take place, the Scottish market, a children’s market, the helter-skelter, one of the two fantastic carousels, a circular ice rink, and bars.
Visit www.edinburghs christmas.com for more information.
A new feature for Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations is the Virgin Money Street of Light.
Running until Christmas Eve, the specially designed architectural installation of 60,000+ lights stretches along the Famous west end of George Street.
Audiences will enter the canopy of light, rising to 19 meters high, and listen to specially commissioned recordings from choirs from across Edinburgh all synchronized to the lights. (The event is free but ticketed:
see virginmoneystreetoflight.com for more information).
Other highlights include The St Andrew square ice rink.and the market stalls with all you need for Christmas.
The official turn on off Christmas lights is 20 November.
There is a Santa train and a Santa grotto.
Something for 1-99-year-olds.