1. A first for 2015 is the Virgin Money Street of Light on the Royal Mile. Between the 30th of November and Christmas Eve there will be a twice nightly shows where the lights will synchronize to the music of Edinburgh’s choirs. This is a free event but you need to book your tickets in advance here https://www.virginmoneystreetoflight.com/
2. A Festive Afternoon Tea in the glamorous lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh would be a fabulous Christmas treat. £35 per person or £45 including a glass of champagne http://www.thecaledonianedinburgh.com/dining-and-bars/peacock-alley.html
3. Get wrapped up and take to one of the city’s two festive ice rinks located in Princes St Gardens and St Andrews Square
4. Harvey Nichols’ Fourth Floor Window Bar has stunning views over the city. Where better to enjoy a Hot Buttered Rum containing dark rum, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange zest, vanilla sugar, butter and warm milk? The bar has a delicious selection of Winter Warmer drinks available in December for £6.50 each.
5. Foodies Christmas Festival brings Scotland’s top chefs and award-winning producers to Edinburgh for a fabulous festive feast. The show takes places between 13th and 15th November at the EICC http://www.foodiesfestival.com/xmas-edinburgh/
6. Dine in The Dome on George Street and enjoy the view of one Edinburgh’s most famous Christmas trees. http://www.thedomeedinburgh.com/christmas-hogmanay/
7. Catch a drive-in Christmas movie between 19th and 23rd December on the World’s biggest LED screen at the Royal Highland Centre. From Elf to Love Actually, there’s a Christmas favourite for everyone. It’s £26 per car and you can bring your own food. Visit https://christmasmovies.co.uk/ for full listings.
8. The Scottish Market in St Andrews Square will be showcasing the best of food and drink including local gin and craft beer.
9. In Narnia it was “Always winter but never Christmas”. Thankfully we don’t have that problem in Edinburgh but you can bring back some childhood memories by seeing The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe on stage at The Royal Lyceum Theatre http://lyceum.org.uk/whats-on/production/the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe1
10. Want to brush up on your Christmas cookery? Learn some new skills at a Christmas canapes cooking demo at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School http://www.entcs.co.uk/christmas-canapes-demonstration
Or take one of three different festive food classes as Contini on The Royal Mile. You can choose from Show Stopper Xmas Desserts, Festive Foodie Gifts or Carina’s Italian Christmas http://www.contini.com/whats-on/cook-with-carina-showstopper-xmas-desserts
11. He’s behind you! It’s not Christmas without a panto. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is on at The Kings Theatre this year http://www.edtheatres.com/snowwhite
12. Do something fun for charity and burn off a few of those mince pies – The Christmas Charity Festival takes place over the 5th and 6th of December in Inverleith Park http://www.christmascharityfestival.com/
Wishing you a very festive time in Edinburgh from Girl Versus Food x