Let’s be honest, no city goes all out for Christmas quite like Edinburgh. From its annual German market to the big wheel in Princes Street Gardens, every year Scotland’s capital is constantly adhering and adding to its festive traditions.
If you’re already getting excited for steaming mugs of mulled wine, reindeer sightings in St Andrew Square and the infectious buzz of excitement that fills the city centre every December, we’ve got the run down on what to look forward to in and around Edinburgh’s Winter Wonderland this year.
Of course the usual Christmassy suspects are back in Princes Street Gardens from November 20, including the aforementioned European Christmas Market and Big Wheel to the absolutely terrifying (or thrilling, depending on disposition) 60 metre high Star Flyer ride.
Things will really get underway on November 22 with the annual Light Night event. This time around more than a thousand performers will fill the temporary stages on George Street with song and dance, all focussing on this year’s theme of ‘Light’.
The icing on the proverbial Christmas cake will be the switching on of Edinburgh’s Christmas lights, and this year the honours will be done by none other than Scottish Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle.
Sticking with the theme of illumination, a new addition to Edinburgh’s Yuletide repertoire for 2015 is the Virgin Money Street of Light which opens on November 30. This 19 metre high architectural installation will light up the Old Town, with 26 lit arches and 60,000 individual lights stretching along the Royal Mile from City Chambers to the Tron Kirk.
Both the St Andrew Square Ice Rink and Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink will be back in action from November 20, ready for anyone brave enough to don their skates and hit the ice – hopefully not literally.
If you fancy a change of scene from the European Market, head over to St Andrew Square from November 20 for The Scottish Market where there’ll be everything from sausages to gin on offer, all locally produced.
Alternatively, give the manic city centre a swerve and pay local arts venue Summerhall a visit on December 13 for this year’s Summerhall Christmas Market. Expect festive food, drink and more stalls and merriment than ever before.
As is tradition, local cinema The Cameo will be showing A Muppet’s Christmas Carol on December 12, as well as a Home Alone double bill on December 16. You can also catch a screening of unlikely Christmas movie Die Hard here on Christmas Eve, or see it at the Filmhouse on December 13.
Finally, it goes without saying that it wouldn’t be Christmas without a traditional trip to the panto and the King’s Theatre have got things covered.
Local celebrity Grant Stott stars as the evil queen in this faithful pantomime version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from November 28.
All images: TSPL
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