Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Top 5: Festive Events in Edinburgh

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It may be too early for tacky home decorations but we're all starting to feel a bit festive around here. Maybe it's the hygge zeitgeist, or the fact it's now dark by 4pm, but we need some twinkle in our lives. We're also trying (like we claim Every. Single. Year) to finish our Christmas shopping up well in advance of the manic Christmas Eve panic. Last year we shared how you can support independent designers and makers, with our handy 5 Tips to Shop Small This Christmas post. This year we're focusing in on the goings on in our cities- both for shopping and to treat yourself to some seasonal cheer.

Here are some of the things happening in Edinburgh this month:


Street of Light
Starting last year on the Royal Mile, this light display has moved to George Street and opened up last week. There are free music and light performances every night until 20 December, but you do need to book tickets in advance.

Edinburgh European Christmas Market
Obviously, you cannot visit Edinburgh in December without taking a trip round the Christmas market. It's the law. Whether you're sipping on gluh wein, picking up twee wooden deocrations or playing on the fair rides, it's the place to be! And it's handily based in Princes Street gardens, so you don't have to stray from the shops.
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Old Town Christmas Launch- 1st December
Want to feel festive and shop? Head along to Grassmarket for their Christmas light switch on. The lights will be switched on at 7.30pm but there will be entertainment on all day and late night shopping. We're especially looking forward to a mulled wine and mince pie at Godiva (who will also be giving £5 vouchers with every £50 spent). Be sure to also pop in to Red Door Gallery and Hannah Zakari while you're in the area.

Accessory Collective- 25 November to 18 December
Grabbing handmade gifts is made easy by this pop-up shop at Hill Street Design House. There will be lots of jewellery, accessories and homeware in store 10-7 each day, and if you pop along on the opening night (Thursday 24th November 6-8pm) you can browse with fizz. Our style of shopping.
If you're up that end of town, we also recommend heading along Thistle Street to check out the likes of Covet and Kakao by K for really beautiful, quality gifts.


Alice in Wonderland
The Lyceum Theatre always comes up trumps with a Christmas production and this year is a special edition of Alice in Wonderland. Aimed at small children and adults alike, we're intrigued by this Lewis Carrol classic with a new spin.

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Hope your month is filled with mince pies, mulled wine and the perfect gifts for your friends and family (and maybe yourself too, it is Christmas...)

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