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5 Ways to Feel Festive in Edinburgh

things to do in edinburgh at christmas

Christmas is next weekend… that’s right, next weekend! We’re not quite sure where December has disappeared to, but if you’re in need of a last minute festive boost to get you in the mood for Christmas Day, there’s plenty going on in Edinburgh. From sipping mulled wine amongst the Christmas lights to dolling up for the ballet, here are a few of our picks of the best ways to feel festive in Edinburgh this week.

1. Visit the Christmas Markets

This might seem like an obvious one, but it’s also one of the best ways to get in the festive spirit. Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets are spread throughout Princes Street Gardens – with some on George Street as well – with festive food and drink stalls, decorations and crafts, funfair rides and even a Christmas tree maze. Don’t forget to head along to St Andrew Square to go skating on the ice rink too.

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2. Have drinks at The Dome

With stunning Christmas lights inside and out, The Dome has become an iconic part of Edinburgh’s Christmas decorations. Pop in for a glass of prosecco or a cocktail in the Grill Room to admire the bedazzled Christmas tree and enjoy a little bit of festive luxury as you take a break from Christmas shopping.

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3. Go to see Scottish Ballet’s Hansel & Gretel

If panto isn’t really your thing, opt for a classier evening of festive entertainment with the ballet instead. Scottish Ballet have brought back their popular Christmas production of Hansel & Gretel to the Festival Theatre, and it’s on until the 31st December. It’s the perfect opportunity to dig out your festive gladrags and enjoy a magical evening at the theatre.

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4. Watch a festive film

There’s nothing better than settling down with some popcorn to watch your favourite Christmas movie. The Cameo Cinema is showing a range of Christmas classics – including It’s A Wonderful Life, The Muppets Christmas Carol, Home Alone and Die Hard – between now and Christmas.

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5. Finish your Christmas shopping

Some people love Christmas shopping, but other people find it stressful and leave it until the last possible minute. If you’re in the latter group, there’s no need to hate Christmas shopping if you avoid the crowds in the city centre and visit some of Edinburgh’s wonderful independent shops instead. We’ve even put together a big shopping guide for you to take the stress out of gift buying.

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What do you like to do to feel festive in the run up to Christmas?