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.

Last updated on 18th October 2021




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.

Cold Town House

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Perched at the bottom of Edinburgh Castle, Cold Town House is one of the city's most beautiful venues. Grab a mulled wine and head up to their heated rooftop terrace, which is turning into a stunning winter wonderland this year.

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.