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Wintry Edinburgh for a fairy tale Christmas and holiday season...

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A December 2005 trip to Edinburgh by Red Mezz

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Quote: It would be hard to find more Christmas magic than Edinburgh makes in December. The town's Winter Wonderland makes the city practically ring with carols.

Wintry Edinburgh for a fairy tale Christmas and holiday season...

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Edinburgh's Gothic skyline is something that is enchanting at any time of year--even in the pouring rain and the intense spring, summer, fall, and winter showers. But toss in a bit of December frost in the air, the bustle of Christmas shoppers on Princes Street, and the astounding lights and brilliance of the Christmas decorations and it becomes the stuff of fairy tales. There is a sparkle and a life to Edinburgh in the Christmas season that I've not seen matched anywhere. People in scarves hurrying about, and buskers up and down the shopping streets of Rose Street, the Royal Mile and Princes Street playing an array of music and instruments with everything from pipers and guitarists on Rose ...Read More

Princes Street Coffee Shops

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Though this is a slightly odd thing to review, particularly for those of us used to living in cities where popping in for a coffee on a cold day is a common and pleasant way to spend half an hour and two pounds, I decided, while compiling this idea of what to tell others about this city in the holiday season today--I found myself sitting at just such a coffee shop and realized that as a part of the city's festive experience, this ranks pretty high. So for those of you who realize a Costa coffee on a cold day is a pleasant experience, at least from this you get where in Edinburgh is a particularly nice place to stop. This city, in all seasons, has no small amount of coffee shops and great little cafes ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2006

French Market

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For a brief half of a week near the end of November and the culmination of the winter season and the beginning of the cities time to really shine in for the holidays the locals and visitors get to enjoy the vast array of treats in the French Market.  Located on Frederick Street near the west end, the market packs into the little side street and fills with vendors come from France bringing a bit of foreign and exotic tastes to Edinburgh for the holidays. This is a great end of town to be in any way at this time of year, for shopping and sight seeing a like.  The bustle of Princes Street doesn't lessen as you reach the west end, but the number and variety of shops and stalls, all decked out for the h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2006

Edinburgh German Christmas Market

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Attraction | "Traditional German Christmas Market"

Edinburgh German Christmas Market Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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One of my favourite parts of the city during the holidays, and the thing that I think lends it the most holiday cheer is the Traditional German Christmas Market. Set up every year and officially opened on the day of the lighting of the city ceremony (which happens on November 23rd in 2006...check local listings for dates and times each year) and which I feel officially kicks off the Christmas season. Very easy to find (and in fact hard to miss) the German market is set up on the Mound Precinct, just off of Princes Street to your left and just down the hill from the Royal Mile. At night the view of the market along side the Winter Wonderland in Princes Street Gardens and the giant Edinburgh Wheel ne...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2006

Edinburgh German Christmas Market
Mound Precinct City Centre
Edinburgh, Scotland

Shopping on Cockburn Street

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Attraction | "Cockburn Street"

Shopping on Cockburn Street Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Edinburgh has not been traditionally renowned for its shopping. In fact, when it comes to doing any actual shopping here, (aside from the standard Scottish souvenirs) most people in the area plan trips to Glasgow. This has improved in recent years, though, and the selection in the city has improved. However, some of its best and most interesting little shops have been vanishing and being all too happily replaces with trendy clothing stores. So for out-of-towners hoping to do some serious Christmas shopping, it can be a bit harder than one might at first suspect of the capitol city of Scotland. But, don't despair yet because there are yet a few places in the city that has retained at least most of i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2006

Shopping on Cockburn Street
Cockburn Street
Edinburgh

7 Hills Fireworks

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For some reason, Edinburgh isn't generally regarded as one of the great places to visit on a budget. And that probably has to do with the fact that for one thing it is on the British pound, which does immediately put budget travellers at a disadvantage. But also the accommodation here is not cheap, so without a friend to crash with it could indeed be a pricey trip. However, once here there is so very much to do in all seasons that costs nothing or next to nothing that I'm of the opinion that it all evens out very nicely. And the Christmas and New Years celebrations are no exception. Most of the Christmas fun is free of charge for entry, or at least very reasonable. And even though there is admissio...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 16, 2006

Stockbridge, Edinburgh

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Attraction | "Stockbridge"

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One great place for Christmas and shopping that isn't as well known to tourists, but is a favourite of locals is the area of Stockbridge. A little out of the city centre (about 15-20 minutes walk down hill from Princes Street) but easy to get to either on foot or by bus, this is a wonderful little local area for shopping and sampling other things for the holiday season. Once known for being a rather snobbish area, now it is much more open and with a lot to offer of local Edinburgh without the touristy flourishes. Walking down hill pass Queen Street Gardens on Hanover Street you inevitably run into the area known as Stockbridge, and the one long road that makes up the bulk of its shops and cafes. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Stockbridge, Edinburgh
Short walk from City Centre
Edinburgh, Scotland