A Christmas itinerary in Edinburgh

Christmas, Romantic breaks

Edinburgh

There is no better location in the UK than the romantic honey coloured city of Edinburgh to celebrate your annual festivities! Bright lights sparkle above the cobbled streets and white snow glistens upon castle turrets and rolling hills. The magic really comes alive in Edinburgh during December and must be experienced at least once in your lifetime. There are a whole host of events, markets, pantomimes and activities to sample, making it difficult to decide just how best to spend your treasured time in the city – we provide the perfect solution with a short-break Christmas itinerary highlighting the very best Edinburgh has to offer at Christmas time.

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Day 1

Morning

Waking up in Edinburgh on a cold, frosty morning will leave you wanting something nice and warming to eat, make Café Marlayne your first stop. This romantic, intimate bistro serves up a delicious breakfast with a French influence, from flaky breakfast croissants and pain au chocolat to the more traditional fry-up or black pudding butty you can find the perfect indulgence to begin your Christmas break.

Afternoon

The next stop should have you feeling festive from head to toe! Scottish Christmas Market on St Andrew’s square is a great place to give you a taste of what’s to come from the rest of your holiday. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around, taking in the festive atmosphere whilst browsing some of the best craft, food and drink that Scotland has to offer. Expect sausages, seafood, chocolate, cupcakes, gin, jewellery and much, much more. The perfect opportunity to stock up your holiday cottage or apartment with treats and goodies.

Evening

Scotland’s festivities continue well into the early hours of the morning. For your first evening in the city, why not don your skates and take a turn around the glittering ice rink on East Princes Street Gardens Terrace with Edinburgh’s famous skyline as an unrivalled backdrop. Night slots are available between 5pm-9pm so you can enjoy an after-dinner glide under the sparkling Christmas lights.

Day 2

Morning

After cooking up a fine breakfast using the local market produce you purchased the day before you will be all set for a day exploring Edinburgh’s fantastic shopping scene. The city is a shopaholic’s haven with both branded outlets and quirky independent boutiques – a great time to purchase those last minute stocking fillers. You will also pass by the European Market and the Children’s Market, all great places to browse for Christmas gifts.

Afternoon

After a morning of shopping you are bound to of worked up a ravenous appetite - an afternoon tea calls. The Dome in Edinburgh’s centre is a gorgeous venue designed by celebrated architect James Craig in 1775. It boasts a luxurious Georgian tea room complete with plush décor and crystal chandeliers, which during the Christmas months gets transformed into the most spectacular sight; bedecked with Christmas trees, garlands, poinsettia displays, holly and cinnamon sticks. The ultimate location from which to enjoy your quintessential high tea and champagne cocktails.

Evening

The Street of Light is a breath taking new event set to light up Edinburgh’s Old Town this Christmas. Stretching from St Andrew’s Day to Christmas Eve, 26 arches of 60,000 lights will provide a stunning canopy along the Royal Mile. Enjoy a romantic evening stroll underneath whilst listening to the delectable choir music.

Day 3

Morning

Enjoy the comforts of your holiday property on your last day in Edinburgh, curl up with some blankets, a hot chocolate and put on your favourite Christmas films before getting ready to go out for a mid-morning brunch. The Caffeine Drip is a great choice for a mouth-watering snack, whether you’re after a scrambled egg and halloumi tortilla or spinach and smoked bacon on toast this delightful little eatery has you covered.

Afternoon

After a leisurely morning it’s time for a day filled with festive activities. A trip to Santa Land in East Princes Street Gardens will provide endless fun. Scale the Ice Wall and see if you can climb right to the top, try and navigate your way around the Christmas Tree Maze, or, if you’re feeling extra brave take a journey around the Big Wheel or up the Star Flyer, both sure to provide a hair-raising experience.

Evening

Now to end your short break in Edinburgh in style, a sophisticated evening of dinner and theatre will surmise your holiday perfectly. Over the Christmas months you can enjoy an exemplary Christmas feast at Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Brasserie will be sure to provide an evening full of delight for both the taste buds and the eyes.

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Posted by Hayley on 24th December 2016