The Best Activities For Winter In Edinburgh
You haven’t lived until you have experienced winter in Edinburgh. The ancient city dominated by the castle and Arthur’s Seat comes alive with Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations, offering you a plethora of activities, entertainment, and much more.
Keep reading to find out how to plan the perfect winter break.
A fabulous winter break in Edinburgh
With so much available, it’s not easy to plan a short winter break in Edinburgh. Our suggestions are a great starting point. Remember to check that Covid-19 regulations haven’t led to cancellations or postponements.
One of the biggest highlights is the winter market in Edinburgh. The Christmas market, AKA Winter Wonderland Edinburgh 2021, begins on 20 November and continues through to 4 January. You’ll find an array of stalls selling handcrafts, gifts, decorations, food, and drinks from Scotland and various European countries. Rides, games, and live entertainment are other features of the market.
Shopping up a storm is thirsty work. After the market, head to the Waverley Festival Village and explore the pop-up bars.
The festive season isn’t the same without twinkling lights. See the best of them when you follow the Edinburgh Botanical Garden Light Trail. One of the highlights of winter in Edinburgh, the trail features lasers, light installations, water reflections, music, and the tunnel of light.
Enjoy a moment of indulgence by making your way up to the castle for a delectable afternoon tea. Work off the calories by strolling down Rose, George, and Cockburn streets, where you’ll see Christmas lights and gorgeous shop window displays.
Winter in Edinburgh is pantomime time, and you’ll find plenty to choose from in the larger and community theatres around the city. If you prefer the silver screen, head to the Brass Monkey pub’s film room for a festive film screening.
As beloved a festival as Christmas is, it’s only the start of the celebrations. The real partying happens on Edinburgh New Year’s Eve.
Celebrate Hogmanay in Scotland
New Year’s Eve is known as Hogmanay in Scotland, and there are various traditions associated with the celebration.
One of the most dramatic of those traditions is the Torchlight Procession on 30 December, which this year will be static. Torchbearers, pipers, and drummers are part of the event, which is sure to give you goosebumps.
The street party at Princes Street Gardens is one of the features of Edinburgh New Year’s Eve. Dance to music by well-known bands, meet revellers from around the world, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere before singing Auld Lang Syne and watching the Edinburgh New Year fireworks.
For music of a more traditional kind, take in one of the Scottish music concerts to be held at Greyfriars Kirk between 29 and 31 December.
Luxurious accommodation in Edinburgh
Winter in Edinburgh can be cold, and with all the activities you’ll enjoy during the day and in the evening, luxurious accommodation is a must. Don’t miss out on the winter break special offer at Fraser Suites Edinburgh, so you can sleep soundly in a comfortable bed in a serviced apartment and have access to modern conveniences and amenities.
Contact us today for more information.