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5 Festive Things To Do in Edinburgh

The most wonderful time of year is right around the corner. Edinburgh is a city full of beauty all year round, but during the festive season there’s plenty to marvel at all over the city. There’s many winter activities to get stuck into this season. In this blog, we reveal five festive things that you should add to your winter city break to-do list.

Castle of Light at Edinburgh Castle

Add a sense of magic to your trip with the beautiful festive light installations at Edinburgh Castle. Watch the mesmerising projections cover the castle walls, and discover stories about Scotland and the history of the castle. It’s an ideal way to spend a chilly winter evening in the city, to really get you in the seasonal spirit. 



Pantomime at Festival Theatre

You can’t have Christmas without the classic festive pantomime! This year the Festival Theatre hosts Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and it’s sure to bring the fun and sparkle to the stage. It’s great fun for all ages, whether you’re visiting with kids, or just fancy an entertaining evening as a couple or with friends. Don’t miss this great British Christmas tradition and book your ticket before they sell out!

Ice skating

Ice Skating on George Street

There’s nothing that feels more festive than wrapping up warm, strapping on some ice skates and taking in the wintery feeling. The George Street ice skating rink is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with friends or a loved one - it’s sure to be great fun even if you resemble Bambi on ice!



Grab a Festive Hot Chocolate at the Marshmallow Lady 

Hot chocolates are a winter staple, but you’ve never had a hot chocolate like the decadent ones from The Marshmallow Lady. Treat yourself to a luxury hot chocolate blended with Scottish milk and topped with a giant toasted marshmallow. They even do iced hot chocolates if you’re craving something cold and refreshing. You can also find a wide range of flavoured marshmallows to tuck into and satisfy your sweet tooth, with limited edition seasonal flavours that you won’t be able to resist. Head down to Rodney Street and sample them for yourself!

festive wreath makingWreath Making at St James Quarter 

Want to make your very own festive souvenir? Bar Hutte in St James Quarter is teaming up with Simpson’s florists to bring the Christmas spirit to Edinburgh with handmade wreath making classes. It’s the perfect activity to get stuck into with partners and friends, plus you’ll all get a souvenir from your trip! You’ll be provided with everything you need to make a beautiful Christmas wreath, as well as a glass of prosecco to start your evening class off the right way! The event will take place on days throughout November, so wrap up warm and get creative.


We hope that we’ve added some activities to your Edinburgh to-do list this Christmas season. Book your festive stay with us now!




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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Reviews



This hotel is such a great find. Its location cannot be beat and the rooms are incredibly nice. Great amenities (including complimentary mini bar) and great service. Would definitely stay here again!


Newcastle upon Tyne

I stayed here overnight to see Justin Timberlake on his Man of The Woods Tour. We were greeted with the warmest welcome by the receptionist...genuinely helpful and friendly. We stayed in the Suite, which has everything I could possibly need. A FREE (well stocked) mini bar! Robes, Aveda toiletries, slippers, free calls, a very appreciated cafetiere with ground coffee and a lovely selection of teas. 30mins in and a welcome plate arrived with 5 good size desserts...gorgeous.

Room service was excellent and the breakfast was utterly delicious and brought to the room at no extra charge. The room was very large and spacious with a huge double bed, blissfully comfortable. When needed in the evening the staff pressed a button at reception and a taxi arrived within 2 minutes...Outstanding service!

I had such a fantastic stay here that I shall return in November and I'll be re-booking this Suite.


Kingston upon Hull

Less than 10 mins walk from Waverley. Staff were very polite, helpful and friendly throughout our stay. Room was a good size with a great bathroom. Large shower, robes and Aveda products included. Fridge with free cold drinks. Good breakfast with plenty of choice. Both couples enjoyed and would stay again.



Really nice friendly boutique hotel. We didn't arrive until late but the hotel was more than happy to let us check in late. After checking in we also asked for some area recommendations, which again the staff were more than happy to give us. Our room was really nice and very clean, bed was comfortable and gave us a good night sleep. We stayed for two night and did not hear any noise from the hotel or any of the other guest. In a good location with only a short walk to the shops and restaurant/cinema ! If staying on Edinburgh I would highly recommend this hotel!



Stayed for one night, but very impressed. Receptionist was fantastic, very professional, helpful, good looking and immaculately presented. The room was excellent, very clean, bed comfortable and the shower was fantastic, hot and powerful.

Breakfast well worth the money, with attention to detail and served hot. The location is excellent with just a 10 minutes walk from the station and to Princess Street. I will definitely stay here again.

Great boutique hotel and great value for money. Wish I was staying for longer.



Had a one night stay here. The location is great, right beside a Tram Stop, 2 minute walk to St Andrews Square bus station, 15 min from Waverley Train station and short walk to main shopping and restaurants. Hotel was very clean & comfortable. Good Breakfast. Very friendly staff.



Really nice hotel in a fantastic location for train station, shopping and nightlife. Lovely rooms, with complimentary snacks and lovely Aveda toiletries in the room. Bed was really comfortable, breakfast was also excellent and the staff very friendly. Would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends visiting Edinburgh.



Visited the hotel and stayed 2 nights having stayed at the Indigo in London. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely rooms, great service, very good location opposite the tram stop and bus routes.
Lovely bar and restaurant is on site if you prefer to stay close for dinner!



I stayed at Hotel Indigo for first time last week, the service from the reception, bar and restaurant staff was faultless. The room was very comfortable and the bed was the comfiest i have ever slept in. The Hotel is situated close to the Playhouse and only 5 minute walk from waverley station, there are several good bars and restaurants in the vicinity. A great Hotel in a good area.

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