27th September 2018

Most Magical Christmas Events and Attractions 2018

Huge Christmas star decoration in Edinburgh city centre

Edinburgh celebrates Christmas in spectacular style with six weeks of festive entertainment. There's an enormous amount to see throughout the city.

Christmas in Edinburgh is full of sparkle and fun. From the festive markets to the special events on around the city.

So, if you're staying with us this festive season, we've pulled together a list of our favourite Edinburgh Christmas events for 2018.

Light Night Switch-On

Around 20,000 people are expected to turn up on George Street to see Edinburgh's Christmas lights switch-on this 18th November. A brilliant family event hosted by Arlene Stuart from Radio Forth One, where the city gets ready for the festive season. The Christmas Tree on the Mound is lit up too. Celebrations start at 3pm.

Christmas Market, Princes Street Gardens

An Edinburgh Christmas wouldn't be complete without a wander through the Christmas markets, gluhwein in hand. The German Market offers specialist stalls and also bars, food stalls and fairground attractions.

Ice Skating in St Andrew Square

St Andrew Square becomes a magical circular ice rink this Christmas, with a bar in the middle serving delicious warming drinks and snacks. This is a really magical experience and lots of fun. So, get your skates on!

Christmas at the Botanics

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh has created a truly magical, atmospheric outdoor trail of light celebrating Christmas. The one mile trail follows the Garden's paths, with trees and landscape spectacularly lit and aglow. There are stalls selling food and mulled wine too.

Edinburgh Christmas Events in 2018

We hope these exciting Edinburgh Christmas events have got you excited about the festive season. Also, don't miss the beautiful traditional Christmas tree in Jenner's department store. It's huge! Furthermore, be sure to pop into The Dome for a drink. It's famous for its impressive decorations. If you're visiting Edinburgh for a Christmas break, take a look at our lovely self-catering accommodation. Perfectly located for all the sights and attractions. Please contact us if you need any help or advice. We're starting to feel Christmassy already!


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