Gearing up for Christmas 2005 in Edinburgh

Well people it’s not long now! Christmas is looming once again and I’m writing this to give you a heads up on upcoming Christmas events and attractions in Edinburgh so you don’t miss out! Of course the best way to experience the numerous Christmas events in Edinburgh is by going along yourself. I’m hoping to be out and about for many of them, so please check posts over the coming weeks and month for all the latest on Edinburgh’s Christmas.

I popped into the tourist information near Edinburgh’s Princess mall shopping centre and picked the ‘Christmas in Edinburgh’ free official events guide up. This details all events for Edinburgh’s Christmas covering the 24th November to 24th December period. It really is an excellent guide with a neat map, handly schedule and little snippets covering each event and attraction. It looks like:-

Christmas in Edinburgh booklet

The accompanying website is also a great source for information. These two mediums are the definitive source for detailed information on Edinburgh’s Christmas and I would recommend viewing them.

However, I have picked a few highlights for Christmas in Edinburgh 2005 out below, along with the dates:-

  • Thursday 24th November: East Princes Street Gardens. This is the official launch of Edinburgh’s Christmas 2005 season and you can catch the Edinburgh Wheel, Winter Wonderland, Christmas Carousels and the switch on of the Princes St Christmas lights. The following day, Friday 25th, sees the George Street and St Andrew Square Christmas lights being switched on. The 1st of December sees the Grassmarket Christmas lights illuminated.
  • Traditional German Christmas market. This moves to a new location (not too far away from the old) on the Mound Precinct.
  • The great Scottish Santa run. This is looking to create the largest ever Santa run in Scotland and is being held in West Princes St Gardens, Edinburgh on Sunday 11th December. Either go along as a spectator or don your Santa suit and enter at £10 adults or £5 for children.

Oh and each year Edinburgh receives a Christmas tree from Norway. As this article points out though, it’s not without objection this year! :-)

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