Festive things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a beautiful city, whatever the season. But there’s something particularly special about the festive season and winter months. So, we’ve rounded up the top festive activities that you should make sure you complete during your visit to Hotel Indigo Edinburgh. 

Visit Edinburgh Theatre 

Nothing makes us feel more christmassy than a trip to the theatre. This year you can catch shows such as Wicked or Aladdin, to really bring back that nostalgic childhood Christmas experience.

Christmas markets 

Of course we have to mention the Edinburgh Christmas Markets. Wrap up warm and stroll the beautiful historical streets, grabbing a hot toddy or hot chocolate as you browse the stalls. To experience the Christmas festivities, but with a little more warmth, make sure to visit the National Galleries café and enjoy floor to ceiling views of the markets. 

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Edinburgh Winter festivals

Between November and January you can visit the Edinburgh Winter Festivals and really get into the festive spirit. Take your pick of an array of events from comedians to live music. Learn more about the winter festival events here

Castle of light

If you’re heading to Edinburgh for the festive season, then you’re in for a treat. During the winter months Edinburgh castle lights up to show a tapestry of brand new projections, all across the castle walls. Immerse yourself in the enchanting illuminations of twinkling lights and colourful displays and make sure to visit the castle of light during your trip.

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Cocktails at the Dome

Each year, the Dome decorates its iconic roman pillars with beautiful lights and it’s now become somewhat of a tradition for many visitors to enjoy a cocktail in this beautiful spot. Grab a tipple of your choice at the downstairs bar and then head outside to enjoy the festive surroundings.

Edinburgh Botanical Gardens Light Trail

Picture tunnels of light, lasers, music and beautiful water reflections and it gives you the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens Light Trail. These beautiful gardens embody the meaning of festivity and make for a lovely activity during your visit.

Ice Skating at George Street

Like something off a christmas film, if you’re visiting Edinburgh this festive season then ice skating on George street is a must. Grab your skates, wrap up warm and have fun with your friends and family with this festive activity.

Silent disco adventure tour

This is something a little different and a little less traditional, but it’s definitely a festive activity to tick off. Join the silent disco adventure tour and enjoy a variety of music through your headphones. Sing and dance along as you explore Edinburgh’s main landmarks.

Christmas shopping

If you’re wanting a more relaxing festive getaway, then it’s worth saving all your christmas shopping until you get here. With beautiful high street shops, independent stores and the market boutiques, you’ll be sure to find some beautiful gifts for your loved ones.

Edinburgh street party

Put your dancing shoes on and take to the beautiful streets of Edinburgh and enjoy what is known as the world’s greatest street party. Dance your way through the Princess Street Gardens, take in the beautiful Christmas lights and festive music as you soak up this wonderful atmosphere.

The best part? After you’ve ticked off all of these wonderful festive activities, you can enjoy a luxury stay at our boutique hotel. Our central location makes Hotel Indigo Edinburgh the perfect base for your visit. Book your stay here. 

Our Edinburgh hotel lies within the Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage site and occupies five original Georgian townhouses just moments from both Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle.

Our hotel in Edinburgh has preserved many of the original features including decorative stairwells and a unique cupola. The chic and contemporary interior reflects the life and vibrancy of Edinburgh today.

There are 60 individual Edinburgh hotel bedrooms and junior suites to choose from and our regular guests have their firm favourites. Each guestroom in our Edinburgh city centre hotel is individually decorated reflecting the neighbourhood story with details of Edinburgh’s rich history and Summer Festival traditions.

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Our Boutique City Centre Edinburgh Hotel

We’re a hotel in Edinburgh city centre, minutes away from Waverley Train Station, Princes Street and St Andrews Square.

Boutique City Centre Streed, colourful shops

Food & Drink

Join us for breakfast, and fuel up for the day ahead with our selection of continental items and a-la carte dishes which are cooked to order using local produce where possible. You can’t stay at our Edinburgh hotel without trying a ‘Wee Dram’. We have a selection of fine whisky to take you around the most famous Scottish distilleries, with the occasional stop off in places such as Wales and Japan. Alternatively, try one of our craft beers or ‘softies’.

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