Arriving in Edinburgh I am always immediately transported back to another time. Medieval, magical, majestic. There is a castle that sits on top of the city. An extinct volcano you can hike. Festivals in the summer. You can wind your way through cobblestone streets. Stopping to shop in one of the many cashmere boutiques. The list is endless and the city beautiful. What is not to be missed is Edinburgh’s Christmas! Six weeks of enchanting adventure for the entire family. Ride the Big Top for views over the city and a glimpse of Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat. Swing through the air around the Scott Monument on the Sky Flyer and ice skate to holiday music. Visit Santa Land, featuring kiddie rides and the Elves workshop hidden in the Christmas Tree Maze along with a visit to Santa’s Grotto are all available for the young or the young at heart!
I spent a Tuesday afternoon in late November at the Christmas Market. There were blue skies and glimpses of the sun. Knowing that the weather can change in an instant I didn’t waste any time getting going. I made my way to George Street part of New Town in order to admire the architecture and dream of high-end shopping!
This led me to my first and might I say frosty experience, the Ice Adventure: A Journey through Frozen Scotland. Make sure you are prepared for this walk through as it’s a chilly -10c! Take your time to gaze at the mythical and historical figures that will literally take your breath away.
Next stop, Jenners, the oldest department store in Edinburgh which is only a short walk away. Architecturally beautiful to look at from the outside and inside the Grand Hall features The Jenners Christmas Tree, which is an Edinburgh institution. After spotting the tree I wandered the store filled with designer clothes, Scottish crafts, and holiday decorations. Since I’m a sucker for any foodhall and I was still numb from the cold I went in search of a coffee and fancy chocolate! (Fun fact flight attendants are known for visiting a grocery store on every layover)!
Feeling rejuvenated I was ready to head back outside and engage in Christmas market shopping for local specialities and treats!
If you are fortunate enough to visit Edinburgh for New Year’s Eve you can be part of the world’s largest party…Edinburgh’s Hogmanay! With a Street Party, Concert in the Gardens and a Ceilidh under the Castle. Edinburgh never disappoints whether you catch the sun, sideways rain, or just a frosty day, visit this magical city and you will be happy you did!