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Become enchanted in Edinburgh this Christmas


Robert Furman is the owner of Scottish based coach hire company Extra Mile Coaches, offering minibus hire in Edinburgh for guided tours of Scotland, airport transfers and much more. Robert tells you why Edinburgh is an essential place to visit this Christmas and how to make the most out of your trip.

Christmas is a magical time of year when cities are filled with lights and festive songs play out from every shop. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and a perfect opportunity to visit somewhere new.

For the third year in a row, Edinburgh has been voted as Britain’s best city. Offering history, beauty and an expansive array of drinking, dining, and activities, it’s no wonder why. There’s no better place to celebrate Christmas this year and, whether it’s for a day trip or a weekend, it should be a must-see place on your Christmas list.

Edinburgh has been voted Britain’s best city

Winter wonderland of festivities

Christmas takes over central Edinburgh throughout December. There are a variety of activities and things to see in in the city over Christmas, making it an enchanting place to be.

European and Scottish Christmas Market – What makes Edinburgh Christmas markets better than others in the UK? Firstly, there are two. The famous European market returns to East Princess Street Gardens. This is an ideal place to buy Christmas presents or just to stroll around and smell the vast array of food and drink on offer. The Scottish market is set up on West George Street, where you can taste locally sourced food and drinks. Secondly, you have the stunning Edinburgh castle as a backdrop to all of the stalls and activities. What’s not to love?

Ice Skating – There’s definitely something magical about ice-skating outdoors at Christmas. Even those will little skating skills can enjoy the atmosphere that comes from being wrapped up warm and skating around while looking around at the festive lights.

Street of Light – One of the highlights of Scotland is the historical buildings and architecture which line the old streets. Now imagine seeing these buildings lit up with thousands of lights as a local choir sings Christmas songs with an orchestra. The Street of Light is just this. Happening every night between now and Christmas eve, you can watch George Street illuminate in colours with accompanying music. Tickets are free but selling fast so book yours now.

Five Guys Named Moe – Christmas is a perfect time to go to the theatre. While pantomimes are ideal for families, if you’re looking for something different, the Festival Square Theatre is putting on the Olivier award winning Five Guys Named Moe. Hosting a soundtrack of soul and blues music, warm up inside the theatre and watch an uplifting musical for an entertaining evening.

the dome restaurant edinburgh
An Edinburgh institution since opening its doors in 1996, The Dome sits resplendent with its Graeco-Roman façade and Corinthian Portico in central George Street in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town

Dine in some fabulous restaurants

The capital of Scotland knows that Christmas is not complete without food. Perhaps you’re looking for a traditional Christmas meal or something a little different? Either way, there are a plethora of restaurants in Edinburgh to suit your needs.

Edinburgh Castle – If you want a special experience, Edinburgh castle is offering Christmas lunch on a variety of dates in December. A great opportunity to see the castle and have a lovely Christmas lunch as well.

The Dome – In the heart of Edinburgh, you’ll find The Dome. Since opening its doors in 1996, it’s become a staple place to dine for families, colleagues, and friends. The elegant architecture is both inside and out. Over the Christmas season, The Club Room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or you can have a memorable visit in The Georgian Tearoom for a spot of afternoon tea.

Wedgewood – What better food to eat in Edinburgh that some traditional Scottish dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Named after the co-owner and head chef, Wedgewood has such a vast menu that you can opt for “deciding time”, where you will be brought a glass of champagne and an amuse-bouche selection while you browse the menu and make your final decision.

The Scotsman
The Scotsman Hotel offers five-star luxury

Stay in a luxury hotel

The Scotsman – This magnificent building used to house the Scotsman Newspaper. However, since the newspaper moved out in 2001, the building has now been transformed into a luxury hotel. Many of the original features remain, including the marble staircase and stained glass windows.

94DR – For something more modern, stay at 94DR boutique guest house. You’ll have a warm welcome in this cosy accommodation and can enjoy some delicious breakfast in a beautifully decorated house.

Travelling in and around the city

Catch a flight to Edinburgh – Travelling to Edinburgh has never been easier as flights from London and a selection of UK airports are available. Once you touch down, the airport is only 12km away from the city.

Use public transport – Within the city, the buses and tram system are to easily navigate around the city and can get you from A to B.

Use minibus hire in Edinburgh – If you want a weekend of true relaxation and comfort, you could consider executive minibus hire in Edinburgh. Allow a driver to take you to all the top sights so you don’t need to worry about where you’re going.