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.
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.
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.