While I love living in Edinburgh all year round, I think the city really comes alive during December & there’s so much to see that I thought I’d pick out my top three Winter attractions for you.
1// Christmas Markets
Edinburgh currently has two Christmas markets: the traditional European market on Princes Street & the Scottish market in St Andrew Square. Both are great to wander around if you just want to get in the Christmas spirit but they’re also fantastic for last minute present shopping & the food is amazing (I’d particularly recommend the Bratwurst in a pretzel roll & the fondue hot chocolate from the Princes Street market). The only downside is that they can both get pretty busy & there’s nothing like being pushed along by the crowd to ruin your day, so I’d recommend going on a weeknight if possible & avoiding the week before Christmas altogether (the St Andrews Square market is also significantly quieter even though it’s only a five minute walk from Princes Street).
Jenners is an Edinburgh institution. Until it was acquired by House of Fraser in 2005 it was the oldest independent department store in Scotland, & I personally love that fact that it has managed to retain a lot of its charm while still being home to all the big brands you’d expect from a mainstream store. Not only is Jenners perfect for picking up more luxury gifts (for yourself or others) but it also has a fantastic toy store in the basement, the sweetest little Christmas shop, & some stunning decorations.
3// Royal Botanic Gardens
If the thought of crowds makes you cringe then I can’t recommend this final attraction enough. Edinburgh Botanic Gardens are only a 20 minute (& £1.50) bus ride from the city centre & come December they’re almost deserted. If you’re feeling brave you can walk round the whole gardens, or for £5 you can spend a couple of hours wandering through the heated glasshouses before grabbing lunch in the main cafe. On a clear day there’s something really relaxing about following the trails among palms & cacti, wrapped up in a coat & scarf.
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