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Christmas in Edinburgh – Countdown begins

Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens

Christmas Festivities in Edinburgh

Christmas festivities in Edinburgh starts early – in fact the countdown begins in November. Princes Street Gardens and St Andrews Square is the festival hub and includes ice skating rinks, Christmas markets and fairground rides including a Big Wheel boasting amazing views over the city.

There is a packed calender of festivities but below are a few of our favourite reasons to visit Edinburgh over Christmas:

Christmas Parties

THE  ultimate party night right in Edinburgh’s  heart – welcome drinks and canapes – an award winning brigade of chefs delivering an outstanding festive supper followed by the headline show – Scotch and Soda – be transported in an evening of raucous circus, dance and music.

European Christmas Market

This popular event is held in a picturesque setting below the Mound, along East Princes Street Gardens and around Scott Monument – it is a unique shopping experience – a fair of crafters, artisan gastronomy, artists and gifts. Truly unusual gifts. A must!

The Ice Rink

Set beneath the backdrop of the Castle with tutorials available if needed – spectacular.

The Great Santa Fun Run

Happens on the 14th December, is colourful, hilarious and raises much cash for a great cause.

…and it all begins with …

Light Night

on the 23rd November.

With a series of stages up and down George Street, this event is for the community and by the community. An estimated total of 1,250 performers, each performing an act, a dance, a song or a piece of music to celebrate all things Christmas on one of the stages.

Not to be missed – book up accommodation now and join the buzz in the build up to Christmas in Edinburgh.


Food Events in Edinburgh

A trip to Scotland’s capital city is not going to leave you feeling hungry – the city is bursting with a colourful foodie scene ranging from  funky street vendors to fine high end cuisine.

A good way to plan your adventure is to hook in to the thriving Food Festival Calender and book your B+B around the one that tickles most!

See below for a quick look at some of the festival’s and events we at B+B Edinburgh really really rate:

Edinburgh Farmers Market : held every Saturday under  the backdrop of the Castle – this is the largest market in Scotland. Over 55 purveyors, producers, farmers and distributors trade alongside bakers, butchers, home cooks and professional chefs to create a bustling market – 15 minutes walk from B+B Edinburgh’s front door.

Stockbridge Market: Edinburgh’s ‘other’ farmers market – held every Sunday in Edinburgh’s bohemian quarter – a passion for small traders, this market also sells Arts and Crafts and is a fab place to choose Christmas presents.

Cookery Schools: Edinburgh’s New Town Cookery School offers a whole range of courses for all abilities. Boasting fantastic  views across the Firth of Forth, classes can be short and sweet or residential including B+B with us. Closer to us is in Stockbridge is  Cookingmania – Edinburgh’s newest cookery school. This  offers a homely feel, where  families are also welcome.

Foodies Festival Christmas is hosted at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in December. Foodies from all walks of life feast on an array of chef demonstrations, Drinks masterclasses and independent food stores over 2 days. Call the Team at B+B Edinburgh to find out dates and book your accommodation in plenty of time.

Contact the Team at B+B Edinburgh to benefit from Winter Offers and tap in to the exciting foodie scene in Edinburgh. A warm welcome always awaits.


Edinburgh’s Christmas Extravaganza takes inspiration from New York

Visitors from across the Atlantic, or those searching for a city with it all will feel at home in Edinburgh this Christmas.

Edinburgh is set to rival the world’s major cities with a New York style ice-rink. It is being unveiled as one of many winter wonderland attractions. Half a million people are expected to flock to the city. If they can’t skate, they will certainly be inspired to on their visit.

A huge 22ft Christmas tree covered in over a thousand lights will stand strong and bright beside the rink. Weary skaters will be able to rest beside it in an après ski area with a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine to flush away any aches.

The ice rink is just one of the new attractions planned to make the event even bigger and better than last year. “The site is looking better than it has ever looked, it is beautiful and really spectacular”, said the event producer, Nickie Gott.

“We have new elements like the 3D cinema and we’ve tried to 
create more of a Times Square experience”.


Get the Party Started

The extravagant show takes inspiration from the city’s history of invention and engineering. A giant Saint Claus wearing a kilt will lead other festive characters through the crowds of revelers and up The Mound towards Edinburgh’s christmas tree.

Ongoing festive fun

Visitors will be entertained throughout the month.

• See reindeer in St Andrew Square, December 9-23, visit them between 11am-3pm.

• Edinburgh’s Ice Rink, November to 6 January 2013.

Christmas comfort

Not all of the attractions can be enjoyed to the full in a short visit; B+B Edinburgh are aiming to match the cities New York inspiration with copious American comfort and famous Scottish hospitality. Our plentiful breakfast range and modern rooms provide the perfect retreat after a thrilling day enjoying the festive celebrations.

Image provided by flicker.

Festive Fun in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is certainly known to be one the best places in which to spend some time over the Christmas and festive period, with celebrations spanning across 6 weeks each year. 2012 is no exception and is set to be one of the cities best celebrations to date, kicking off on November 29th and continuing on all the way through to January 6th. If you are considering a visit, or lucky enough to already be booked, below are some of the cities highlights this Christmas.


Edinburgh Christmas Ice Rink

November 24th – January 5th

Just below the ancient Edinburgh castle will be one of Europe’s largest open-air ice rinks. Wrap up warm and marvel at the cities fabulous skyline whilst enjoying (or embarrassing) yourself on the ice. The area around the rink and in Princes Street gardens will also have festive music, theatre performances and the best seasonal food and drink during this period.


Traditional German Christmas Market

November 26th – January 5th

Keeping tradition, Edinburgh is host to an authentic German Christmas Market, to be located in the Mound Precinct, the stallholders are traveling from Frankfurt to display their food drink and wares. The German Market has become popular to Edinburgh’s festive season and provides visitors a chance to sample some great food, such as crepes, potato cakes and of course German sausage, fantastic German beer and a combination of classic and contemporary Christmas gifts and decorations.


The Edinburgh Wheel

Open everyday.

Although this attraction isn’t just at Christmas, taking a spin on the wheel during the festive season is perhaps one of the best times to do so. Towering 33 metres over Princes Street, the wheel allows you to take in panoramic views of the Scottish capital and enjoy the city as its lit up for Christmas.


Santa’s Gardens

November 24th – January 5th

Enjoy the magic of Christmas at West Princes Street in Santa’s gardens, complete with Santa’s grotto, real reindeer, ice sculpting, choirs and Christmas inspired performances. Additionally, the Snow Globe is certainly an exciting new addition to the celebrations. Here, visitors are able to stand amongst falling snow, get some great photographs and have a lot of fun. The Santa express is a railway set up to ride around the gardens and other fun activities include bubblepods and the bungee snow dome. This area is great for adults, children and families.


The Real Scottish Christmas Fair

December 3rd – 8th

Open between 10am – 6pm, this authentic Christmas Fair is located on Castle Street and displays the best of both a traditional and contemporary approach to a Scottish Christmas. With music, traditional food, tastings, a warm welcome and plenty of Christmas shopping options, visitors will enjoy this great alternative experience.


Christmas lunch at the Castle

December 6th – 24th

Enjoy a traditional Christmas meal within the most iconic building in Edinburgh. The castle is laying on lunch each day from 12.30pm in the festively decorated Jacobite room. Free entry to the castle is also included in the £35 per person charge, giving a great excuse to make a morning and afternoon of the experience. Book early to avoid disappointment.


Santa Race

date tbc

Join or watch the hundreds of Santa’s that sprint around Princes Street Gardens this Christmas, all in the name of charity. The odd but incredibly enjoyable sight makes for a really fun evenings entertainment and festive spirit.


Traditional Highland Village

Throughout December

Set up in East Princes Street gardens, just below the castle and just above the ice rink, this winter wonderland of a village is everything ‘highlandish’. This fun, friendly and incredibly vibrant market is packed with numerous Scottish inspired and traditional foods, producers, farmers and local retailers. Wooly hats and Scottish teddy bear stalls sit next to local venison burger makers ‘Well Hung and Tender’. The other stalls sell everything from clothes to jewelry and crafts. Shopping has rarely been so pleasurable.

Book now to enjoy this multitude of exciting events at one of Edinburgh’s most unique bed and breakfast providers.