Edinburgh’s Enchanting Christmas Decorations
There’s nothing that brightens up the long winter nights like twinkly lights dancing in the dark. It’s wonderful to see Edinburgh’s beautiful old buildings dressed to impress and looking their best for the festive occasion. As we approach Christmas, we wanted to share our favourite Edinburgh Christmas decorations with you and show you that Edinburgh is one of most beautiful places to spend Christmas.
1. Jenner’s Christmas Tree
The Jenners’ Christmas Tree is an Edinburgh Christmas icon. Every year a tree is selected from Blariadam Forestry Commission then pulled into the department store by 18 rugby players from Ross High Community Club. The tree is roughly 45ft tall and decorated with 10,000 fairy lights! In addition, twinkly lights cascade over the two levels of the grand hall creating a room fit for a grand tree.
2. Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets in Princes Street Gardens
We’re sure you’ve heard of Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets, but if you haven’t, every November, the European markets make their home in the picturesque Princes Street Gardens and as long as it’s not too busy, it is a pleasure to wander around and admire the beautifully decorated stalls. If you stand on the Mound you’ll have a magnificent birds-eye view of the markets.
3. The Dome on George Street
For many people, the Dome on George street epitomises Christmas in Edinburgh and it’s no wonder as stepping inside the Dome during the festive period is like stepping inside a wonderful winter wonderland. Once inside you’ll be hit by a delightful Christmassy aroma and be amazed by their immersive Christmas decorations.
4. New Town Doors
Edinburgh is a city of opposites. Old Town is renowned for higgledy-piggledy architecture, as space was limited buildings were built wherever possible, resulting in narrow lanes and some of the world’s first skyscrapers. In contrast, neo-classical New Town is often considered to be a masterpiece of city planning as it was meticulously designed. During the festive period, it is well worth wandering down the spacious New Town streets to spot wreaths or various other Christmas decorations.
5. Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is the main thoroughfare of the Old Town, with Holyrood Palace at one end and non-other than Edinburgh Castle at the other, it is indeed worthy of the title “Royal”. During Christmas, the Royal Mile comes alive as tourists flock to the various Christmas shops dotted along the street and marvel the Witchery’s decorations in both Boswell Court and Jollie’s Close.
6. Victoria Street
Victoria Street is stunning all year round, but during Christmas, when festive lights are hung above the curved street and garlands decorate local shops, it comes alive.
7. Scottish National Portrait Gallery
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is one of Edinburgh’s most remarkable buildings – a great red sandstone neo-gothic palace which sits proudly on the city’s skyline dedicated to Scotland’s heroes. For Christmas, the building is beautifully decorated with garlands and a traditional Christmas Tree.
8. The West End
The West End is a lovely area of Edinburgh with various independent boutiques and great eateries. During December, we’d recommend taking a stroll down William Street to admire their miniature Christmas trees, baubles, and garlands that decorate the sidewalks.
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