The pick of Edinburgh’s Christmas trees

If you see only one Christmas tree in Edinburgh this year it must surely be The Dome’s spectacular fir, which is perched above their central bar. The tree’s lights change colour every few minutes, which creates an atmospheric glow around the impressive interior of this ex-bank, which is now a popular bar and restaurant. A smaller Xmas tree, decorated with shiny wrapped presents, sits in The Dome’s back garden. Their other internal and external Christmas decorations certainly draw the crowds.

Christmas Tree inside The Dome, George St, Edinburgh Christmas tree outside The Dome, Edinburgh

Charlotte Square Gardens hosts the ‘Light a Light’ fundraising Christmas tree from St Columba’s Hospice. The official tree of Edinburgh’s Christmas brightens the Mound. This tree is still chosen by Norwegians, as thanks for the support Scotland gave Norway during World War II. However, in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint the tree itself is now sourced from the Scottish Borders. That’s also where the humongous tree which ascends each floor in Jenners department store travels to Princes St from.

Edinburgh Christmas Tree on The Mound 2008 Light a Light Christmas Tree, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh 2008

The HBOS Headquarters on the Mound have still managed to put the Christmas tree and lights up, which is a much more impressive effort than the Grassmarket. Here two trees, only one with lights, have been installed amidst half finished construction work and a number of ugly barriers. Hardly the scene you imagine at Christmas. The Royal Mile hosts a simple Christmas Tree inside Parliament Square, although the unappealing barriers do little to beautify it.

If you know any further Christmas trees worth a visit, let The Edinburgh Blog know. And if you’re still looking for the perfect Christmas tree for your own home take a look at Edinburgh’s Caring Christmas Trees. After reserving a tree online you can collect your choice of Christmas tree from a variety of locations around Edinburgh. Each Christmas Tree purchase helps provide a a homeless person with a hot meal, a bed for the night, breakfast and advice, through the Bethany Christian Trust’s Winter Care Shelter.

6 Responses to “The pick of Edinburgh’s Christmas trees”

  1. All of the trees in public spaces this year are disappointingly decorated. White lights dropped from above… it looks so half-hearted.

  2. Not a Christmas tree but Boda bar on Leith walk has cool winter decorations up- snowflakes falling from the roof, snowboards and a giant Igloo you have to walk through to get to the tables at the back of the bar. I don’t usually get excited about the usual tinsel stuff, but I loved their decor.

  3. Chris Andrikanich on December 9th, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    I was wondering if you could help…

    My wife and I, along with my in-laws, will be spending Christmas in Edinburgh, I was wondering if you could offer some suggestions as to where we could get reservation for dinner on Christmas Day?

    Thanks, I enjoyed reading about Edinburgh in your blog.



  4. Great website, I love reading through blogs and will be sure to look for updates on your site. Keep up the good work.

  5. The problem with the Dome is that they have had their Christmas decoration outside up since October!

  6. Not a Xmas tree as such, but a colourful Fairytale of Xmas of Edinburgh for you.

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