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Christmas Time In Edinburgh


Edinburgh is one of those places that is always a little bit magical with its castle towering over the city centre and its cute cobbled streets, but Christmas is when Edinburgh really becomes like a full blown storybook.

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I am terrible at heading back up to my home countr,y but twice a year I am drawn back to Scotland’s capital and that’s during the Fringe and Christmas. As Pablo and I are heading off to America for Christmas this year we celebrated the festivities early this year. Hopping off the train we met with Pablos’ family and gathered for a meal at amazing BYOB Indian Tangore, which is the best Indian food I have eaten since we were in India in March.

The next day it was time to fully throw ourselves into the Christmas spirit and headed into town to pick up a few last minute gifts. That didn’t go so well as we forgot it was black Friday. Although the crowds could not compete with those in Central London, I wasn’t feeling it so we aborted our shopping mission in favour of checking out the Christmas markets.

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The European Markets come once a year and have stalls selling crafts, art, plenty of gift inspiration and, my favourite, food and drink! Walking past the funfair we skipped the rides and went straight for a mulled cider instead. Making our way through the crowds we found a spot which was quiet and warmed ourselves up with the sweet warm nectar. Starting to feel super festive I was a little disappointed that the ice rink had been moved as watching people fall on the wet floor usually keeps me entertained for hours.

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If European gifts are not enough for you there is also a Scottish Market on West George Street selling high quality local fare from cashmere to cheese!

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There are also many, many events going on all over the city centre, but obviously we were not organised enough to have bought tickets for anything, so instead we took a jaunt down to a couple of my favourite areas in Edinburgh: the Grass Market to peruse some of the independent stores, and then to the Cowgate to grab some food at OX184.

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Usually we would have spent all afternoon kicking around the Old Town’s many amazing bars but we had to be in a decent state to catch up with our friends and family.

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After a quick change we headed along to The Lioness of Leith, an awesome pub serving up craft beer and delicious food. A slight side bar but if you are in Edinburgh, Lieth is definitely an area you should check out; though it used to be a little rough around the edges it has been rejuvenated with some great independent bars and restaurants.

Whether you are looking for a place to shop, eat, drink, or live the fairy tale dream, Edinburgh has got all aspects of Christmas covered.

4 comments

  1. Edinburgh is just beautiful isn’t it?! Looks like you had a great time! Alice xx

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    1. Emma says:

      It’s so stunning especially in winter

  2. Edinburgh is currently top of my list of places to visit and I think we might be going at the end of August next year. I’M SO EXCITED!!! I’ll be coming to you for tips!

    1. Emma says:

      You HAVE to go over The Fringe it’s the best

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