Winter in Edinburgh

So, December is here and we can definitely feel the chill in the air! The streets are lit up for Christmas and visitors to Edinburgh are enjoying the festivities. There’s so much to do, but we’ve picked out some of the highlights to help you plan your winter trip.

December 2016

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The festive celebrations are in full swing with markets, ice-skating, fairground attractions and shows. There’s still time to catch the stunning Street of Light show, on twice every evening until Christmas Eve. Free tickets for each performance are released online at 9pm the night before.

December is a brilliant time for pantomime and family theatre in Edinburgh with The King’s Panto, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Mamma Mia all showing throughout the season.

Not forgetting Edinburgh’s Hogmanay New Year’s party. Our Hogmanay is world famous – around 150,000 people attend the three day event every year.

As we’re feeling festive, we’re giving away a luxury stay for two at The Dunstane this Christmas. Make sure you enter our Facebook prize draw before 26th December for your chance to win!

January 2017

As the Christmas and Hogmanay festivals wind down, there’s still lots to keep us busy in January. Take advantage of our special January Sale offer and start the new year with a break in Edinburgh.

Burn’s Night is a celebration of the life of Scots poet Robert Burns, marking his birthday on 25th January. Rabbie’s most famous poems include the New Year’s anthem ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and the romantic verse ‘A Red, Red Rose’. Burns Suppers are held all over the world on Burns Night, ranging from small gatherings to formal dinners. There are lots of organised events in Edinburgh, or you can hold your own.

If you’re looking for a show to brighten up your January, comedian Jack Whitehall is appearing at The Playhouse on 11th and 12th. Then there’s the West End and Broadway hit musical Wonderland 20th to 28th at The Playhouse, and hit kids show We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at The King’s Theatre on 20th and 21st.

Art lovers can visit the Scottish National Gallery’s annual Turner In January exhibition. The extensive collection was left to the gallery by collector Henry Vaughan on the condition that the works be ‘exhibited to the public all at one time, free of charge, during the month of January’. Over a hundred years later, his wishes are still being carried out.

February 2017

We are just down the road from Murrayfield Stadium and there is always such a great atmosphere when the rugby is on. So we’re looking forward to the upcoming Six Nations tournament this February and March. Scotland will be playing at home on 4th February, 25th February and 18th March this year. Grab a beer and a burger here at The Dunstane on match day and then head to Murrayfield for all the action.

Ok, so Valentine’s Day isn’t a highlight for everyone, but for some it’s an important holiday. If that’s you, or you just fancy an excuse to get away, take a look at our restaurant offers and romantic breaks.

There’s no shortage of concerts and shows to choose from this February. There’s music from The Pet Shop Boys, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Busted and hit shows Evita, The Commitments and Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story.