Back when I studied abroad in England (many years ago!), one of my favorite side trips was to Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s so much more quaint than London, and also feels a lot more historic and unspoiled from modern times. I didn’t have the chance to celebrate the holidays in Edinburgh, but I can imagine they are quite magical.
Here’s an overview of what goes on during the holidays in Edinburgh:
Holidays in Edinburgh
This year, Edinburgh will officially celebrate Christmas from November 29th, 2012 through January 6, 2013. Yes, it’s a full six weeks, which makes it a much easier trip for families. Instead of having to be there during one specific same week, you can find the time that works for you. If your trip to celebrate the holidays in Edinburgh is part of a larger trip to Europe, it’s pretty easily accessible via train (that’s how I got there back when I visited). I stayed in a quaint bed and breakfast back in the 90s, but there are also plenty of family-friendly hotels in the area, including chains (if that’s what you prefer). Edinburgh and London combined would be a great holiday trip for families.
Highlights of the holiday season in Edinburgh include:
Fireworks, Christmas lights, and fairs
Christmas markets (I remember the amazing Christmas markets in London and can only imagine how they are in Edinburgh)
The Edinburgh Wheel – part of the Christmas fair
A new ice rink – pictured above
Live music and entertainment on Prince Street
A surprise spectacular which changes every year
I definitely want to check out Edinburgh Christmas for myself at some point – perhaps right after Christmas when life is always less chaotic for us. To learn more about Edinburgh Christmas please visit www.edinburghschristmas.com – which will be updated with details after 10/31/12.
Photo credit: Marketing Edinburgh