I am a total lover of winter city breaks, especially just before Christmas. I love visiting places when they’re cold, crisp and decorated to the hilt for the festive period. Edinburgh just happens to be one of my absolute favourite cities to visit at Christmas time so last weekend Thomas and I, along with two of our friends headed for a festive Edinburgh weekend!
Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets are fantastic and there’s a real buzz around the city. Unfortunately we visited on Saturday afternoon and found they were ridiculously busy and it was hard to move. If you’re planning to visit try and go first thing in the morning, or even during the week when most people are at work.
Within the Christmas markets there are stalls selling decorations, random bits and bobs, candles and more. There are also loads of delicious-smelling food stalls and plenty of places to get a festive drink of mulled wine or cider. Ideal!
There are also rides for kids (and big kids!), games and much more. If it wasn’t so busy we’d have spent a lot longer lingering around there but it was just a bit crowded for our liking.
Next stop: cocktails! Edinburgh has a multitude of trendy bars to have a drink in, but we headed to Tigerlily on George Street. It’s stylish, trendy and comfortable inside. It was the perfect place to relax after the madness of the markets!
We also visited The Street of Light, at the west end of George Street. We had gotten tickets online, however, security weren’t checking anyone’s tickets. If you can’t get any online just turn up and you’ll be able to get inside no problem.
The Street of Light is pretty magical, but I definitely preferred it last year when it was on The Royal Mile.
No festive trip to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to The Dome, also on George Street. This is a restaurant and bar housed within an old bank building that is seriously stunning. At Christmas they go all out with the decorations and it looks incredible!
We were also recommended a fantastic French restaurant for our time in Edinburgh – Maison Bleu. The food was delicious, the service was great and the cosy, candlelit interior totally added to the festive atmosphere of our weekend.
I left Edinburgh having had an amazing weekend with great people. We laughed like lunatics, ate and drank waaaay too much and stocked up on oodles of Christmas spirit. Perfect!