As always, Edinburgh is jam-packed with a host of festive activities for the whole family to enjoy! From markets to live performance, there's something for everyone.
Check out our top 5 picks for getting into the Christmas spirit this year!
Free to enter, Open daily from 25th November - 3rd January, 10am - 10pm
Edinburgh Christmas market is regularly named one of the best to visit in the UK during the festive season. We think just wandering around the stalls, and taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas is enough to get you in the festive spirit.
If you're feeling up to it, the Big Wheel is a perfect way to see major Edinburgh landmarks all lit up!
We would try going during the week to beat the crowds! As it's free to enter, we'd recommend grabbing drinks or food elsewhere rather than forking out the cash for snacks inside.
Every weekend in December, 4.30pm to 9pm (last entry between 7.30pm and 7.45pm)
Watch as one of Edinburgh's most iconic landmarks is transformed into a Kingdom of Colours! Back for its third year, the show features projections all along the castle walls, and magical light displays that tell stories of Scotland.
A mesmerising show for locals and tourists alike, this show is a perfect way to experience the magic of Christmas in Edinburgh.
George Street Ice Skating & Fairground
Have a go at ice skating up and down Edinburgh’s famous George Street with Lidl on Ice! The ice rink is 65m long, and has been fitted with a clear roof so that you can continue to skate in any weather conditions.
The organisers have committed to accessibility for all, with a range of ice skating sessions available including:
- Toddlers sessions in the afternoon
- Regular sessions
- Relaxed sessions with smaller capacity, less noise, and ambient lighting
Wheelchair users are welcome in all sessions, and Edinburgh locals get a 10% discount!
Relax post-skate in their dedicated seating areas with warm drinks and festive snacks from the bars and food stalls. All proceeds from Lidl on Ice snacks will be going to the charity, Neighbourly so get your skates on for a good cause!
After skating, take your little ones (or yourselves!) over to the George Street Fairground to have a go on the Chair' O Planes and carousel!
17 November - 30 December 2022, tickets available from £15-23.50
Most of us have ventured through the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, but get ready to experience the magic of the Botanics at night!
Christmas at The Botanics will guide you through the garden with magnificent light installations and seasonal sounds including sparkling tunnels of light, lakeside reflections, a laser garden, and, of course, Father Christmas himself!
We'd recommend wrapping up warm for this one, but have no fear as there will be street food vendors and hot drinks available to keep you toasty!
Christmas at The Botanics is a lovely way to support this fantastic Edinburgh location, as visits to the trail go towards funding the important plant conservation work of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
30 November - 10 December, tickets from £19.50
We love a good festive production, and this one is suitable for the whole family! The Snow Queen Ballet is back in Edinburgh after a sell-out tour in 2019.
The production, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale comes to life with breath-taking scenes that transport you into the winter, a cast of characters that tell the story of young love and friendship, and music performed live by the incredible Scottish Ballet Orchestra.
Fun fact: Younger viewers may recognise the story as the inspiration for Disney’s Frozen!
Our intern, Isy saw the production on opening weekend and was blown away by the performance, set design and costumes (she may have been shushed by her partner for exclaiming ‘wow’ too often as each dancer appeared on stage 👀).
We hope you enjoy exploring our beautiful city as it comes to life throughout December, and wish you a joy-filled festive season - with love from the team Bon Accord!
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