Reasons to Visit Edinburgh in Winter

Calton Hill monuments on a frosty winter day in Edinburgh

Winter has arrived in Edinburgh! From December to February, the temperature drops and we experience a colder climate, with an added touch of sparkle.

The days may be shorter now, but there's still a lot to pack in. For guests staying with us this winter, here are our seasonal highlights.

Christmas and Hogmanay

The decorations are hung, the lights and lit and the celebrations have begun. A visit to Edinburgh at this time of year is full of festive magic. Wander around the Christmas market, see the lights, take in a show. See our Christmas guide for a list of what's on. Then, as the year draws to an end, get ready for a proper Scottish Hogmanay. We do New Year's Eve a little differently here. Read our Hogmany guide for more details.

Winter Shows and Concerts

We have some amazing shows coming to Edinburgh over the winter months. Including Disney's Lion King, which is on from December to March. The Scottish Ballet will be performing The Snow Queen throughout December. And in early February, SIX, the re-imagined musical story of the wives of Henry VIII, takes to the stage. For families, there's Julia Donaldson's Zog and Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Plus, concerts from the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Little Mix and Tom Walker. If you fancy a theatre or concert break in Edinburgh this winter, see these full music and theatre listings.

Special Occasions and Festivals

Along with the Christmas and Hogmanay festivities taking place this winter, we celebrate the art of magic and illusion at Magic Fest in December. In January, we enjoy Burns Night and all things traditionally Scottish. Then in February, we get all romantic as Valentine's Day arrives.

Winter Breaks 2019/20

If you're looking for winter accommodation in Edinburgh, please see our luxurious range of self-catering properties. Our local team is always on hand if you need any holiday advice. We love Edinburgh in winter and have lots of ideas on how you can enjoy it to the full.

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