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Why we love Autumn (And not just because we’re offering 20% off…)

After the disappointment of our ‘summer’, we begin to watch the evenings close in with a shiver… However, we here at B+B LOVE the autumn, and here’s why:

  1. Season of mists… Is any season more atmospheric? Shrug up your collar, pull down the brim of your hat and play at Sherlock Holmes.
  2. Yes, you chaps in the US do Hallowe’en much better than us Brits. However, remember that we have the 5th November, and this is an event with FIRE. Penny for the guy, Guv’nor?
  3. They’re everywhere, including on the tracks and cluttering up gardens… But who doesn’t love jumping into a pile of leaves and giving them a good old kick!
  4. The weather. Hear me out. Cold, crisp mornings and sunsets that bask the country in a beautiful orange glow. Where better to indulge than gazing across Edinburgh’s dramatic skyline?
  5. Gingerbread lattes. And mulled wine. And hearty stews. Forget summer’s sparkling water and salads – Autumn is all about hearty fare.
  6. Christmas shopping. People may groan when they hear the Selfridges opened their Christmas shop in July, but how many of us secret relish this opportunity for a bit of retail therapy… And shopper’s guilt? Banished – it’s all for other people.
  7. And while we’re on the subject, from 20th November Edinburgh flings open the doors to its festive markets. Not only can you visit the romantic Scottish and traditional European markets, there is also a magical Children’s market opening at Santa Land.

  So how about it? Cobbled streets, secret bars, plenty of warming whisky… Edinburgh is waiting to beat the end-of-summer blues. If you are planning a jaunt to one of the most exciting cities in Europe, book at B+B Edinburgh for 2 nights or more and receive 20% off your stay. Contact the hotel directly, or book online. Subject to availability, T&Cs apply.

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.

 

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.