A Guide to Edinburgh’s Christmas 2018

It’s currently the 7th November and I can’t quite believe I’m writing a guide to Edinburgh’s Christmas. How we are in the eleventh month of the year is a complete mystery and the thought of Christmas shopping season being upon us so soon is both exciting and mind blowing. This aside, Christmas in Edinburgh is really quite magical and one of my favourite times of the year. If you’re planning a winter break, then Edinburgh is a great choice and will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit.

A street in Edinburgh looking christmassy
Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Silent Light (George Street: Monday 10 November – Tuesday 1 January)

This is the perfect way to get your Christmas groove on. Silent Light (big fan of this pun) brings together the Street of Light from Edinburgh Christmas 2015 and 2016 and silent disco. George Street will have 60,000 lights towering above which will be synchronized to music heard through headphones. They take place from 4pm-10pm (make sure you check the times) and it cost £4.50 with 50p from each ticket sale going to One City Trust.

The Edinburgh Santa Fun Run and Walk (West Princes Street Gardens Sunday 9th Decemeber 1pm)

Nothing has got me excited quite as much as the prospect of this Edinburgh Santa Fun Run and Walk. It costs £15 to take part and if you are an adult or infant you get a FREE Santa suit and finishers medal to keep! It’s in aid of When you wish upon a star which is a charity that aids dream making for sick children. A great cause and sure to be a laugh!

Fly around East Princes Street Gardens (Saturday 17th November – Saturday 5th January)

As usual, there will be the Star Flyer and the Forth 1 Big Wheel up in Edinburgh from Saturday 17th November. The Star Flyer is 60 metres high (!) and costs £7.50. The Big Wheel costs £9 and promises to show ‘unrivaled’ views of Edinburgh!

Take to the ice (St Andrew’s Square, Friday 16th November – Saturday 5th January)

That’s right, it’s back! Dust off those skates and glide your way around the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge in St Andrew’s Square. Adult prices start from £9 and you’ll need to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled time slot.

Do a spot of shopping in the Edinburgh Christmas Markets ( East Princes Street Gardens, Saturday 17th November – Saturday 5th January)

There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit then going around the Christmas markets. The Edinburgh Christmas markets are some of the best I’ve been to (closely followed by the Bath Christmas markets in England). There’s something for everything from mulled wine to homemade gifts and warming winter delicacies – definitely worth popping by if you’re planning a winter break to Edinburgh. It’s open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm.

Edinburgh Christmas Market with the Scott Monument in the background
Edinburgh Christmas Market
People browsing at the Edinburgh Christmas Market
Edinburgh Christmas Market

Light Night (George Street, Sunday 18th November)

This looks to be a real highlight in the Christmas calendar of things going on in Edinburgh! Light Night celebrates the official opening of Edinburgh’s Christmas with the annual switch-on of the city’s Christmas lights. Although it’s a free event, I imagine this will be hugely popular so do arrive with plenty of time to avoid disappointment!

Would love to hear what Christmas plans you have! Let me know in the comments below.

Two girls giggling in a flat
Christmas with friends

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