Thursday, 10 December 2015

Christmas Time in the Highlands.

Today's post is all about the festive things to do in Edinburgh this Christmas.

Christmas Markets.
If you're visiting Edinburgh over the Christmas period, you cannot miss the Christmas markets which are running from 20th November 2015 to 4th January 2016. They span from the Mound, along East Princes Street Gardens Terrace and around the Scott Monument playing host to many sellers from all over Europe. Crafts, food, gifts and artwork are among the portfolio of items on offer and there really is something for everyone. The market has a magical, festive feel to it and is perfect those of you wanting to embark on a market haul or even for someone wanting to purely 'window shop' whilst sipping mulled wine

We bought a fab Christmas decoration to add to our collection which was a wooden reindeer attached to a long spring which we are going to hook from the ceiling! 

The Castle
This iconic, historic building plays centre stage in the Edinburgh cityscape and looks beautiful by both day and night. We didn't have the chance to go into the castle as we didn't stay in the city long, but this is a definite on my to do list when we visit again!

Ice Skating and Rides.
In and amongst the Christmas markets are two ice rinks and a whole host of different rides including the Big Wheel, the Star Flyer, a Reindeer Ride and Carousel. My personal favourite was the Carousel bar where you could purchase drinks and sit at tables on a rotating carousel!

Festive Lights.
As well as all the attractions, the city itself was decorated with many a Christmas decoration. I think one of my favourite parts of the trip was seeing all of the festive lights in and around the city whilst braving the cold and hopping from pub to pub. 

One particularly spectacular light feature was the Virgin Money Street of Light. Virgin Money have lit up Edinburgh's Old Town by constructing an installation of 26 archways consisting in total of 60,000 lights which light up the Royal Mile at specific times throughout the day. You can walk under the arches to see the luminous architecture from different angles. 

Photo taken from here. 

What's your favourite thing to do in Edinburgh?

KT xo.


  1. Wow, Edinburgh looks amazing! Love the light feature! Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

    1. Thank you, all the Christmas lights did make it that extra bit special!

      KT xo.