When all else fails, you can always count on a delicious Christmas lunch in Edinburgh. Whether you fancy turkey with all the trimmings and bubbles or a quirky alternative washed down with themed cocktails, this city has got it all.
Edinburgh’s Best Christmas Events.
Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat, and nowhere knows it better than Scotland’s capital city. As last year was slightly lacking in festive spirit, this time around we’re really going to have to make up for it, with more seasonal events than you can shake a candy cane at. From beautiful winter trails in a zoo to a screening of Love Actually with a live orchestra, here are the best things to do in Edinburgh at Christmas. Ugly jumpers at the ready, people.
The Alchemist are throwing it back to the 1920s this December, so expect Prohibition-style sips and plenty of glitz and glamour. The festive menu includes limited-edition winter cocktails, indulgent sweet treats and buttermilk turkey, all for just £30 a head.
Throughout the festive period, Edinburgh Zoo will be hosting its famous Christmas Nights. When the sun goes down, the place will turn into a winter trail, made up of beautiful, sparkling lights, creative projections and so much more. And if you're lucky, you might even get to visit Santa's grotto.
This December, the ultimate Christmas rom-com is getting an upgrade. That's right - Love Actually is heading to Usher Hall to be projected on a huge screen, soundtracked by a live orchestra playing the stunning score that we know and love.
One of the best things to do in Edinburgh at Christmas has surely got to be the Castle of Light. One of the city's most iconic landmarks will be projected with jaw-dropping projections and sounds that tell the story of the castle's history and mythology.
Looking for fun things to do in Edinburgh at Christmas? Apex Grassmarket is hosting a brilliant roster of festive activities, including drag queen soirées, seasonal dining and cabaret, afternoon teas soundtracked by live jazz, breakfast with Santa and so much more.