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Five reasons why you should visit Edinburgh at Christmas


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The festive season is fully underway and there are a plethora of Christmas markets to visit. Today, we’ll be sharing with you why Edinburgh is the best UK city to visit at Christmas time.

Scotland’s beautiful capital is an excellent travel destination at any time of the year but the city really comes to life at Christmas...

1. Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations last over a month

The Christmas market is open from November 17th 2017 to January 6th 2018 so even if you don’t have a tonne of time before Christmas, you still don’t have to miss out on the festivities.

2. Unique attractions

We’ve all been to your standard European market. So how about climbing an ice wall? Or taking a walk through an ice sculpture exhibit? Edinburgh has really expanded its selection of attractions this year and as a result there’s something fun and new for everyone.

3. The 24 Doors of Advent

Over the month of December Edinburgh turns itself into one giant advent calendar. Every day one new building opens its doors for the general public to enjoy. From the Scottish Parliament to Murrayfield Stadium, there’s something that will entertain everyone. Allow yourself to be a bit of a culture vulture whilst you celebrate this special time of year.

4. The food is to die for

Let's face it: Christmas is all about stuffing your face. And visiting both of Edinburgh’s Christmas markets will give you plenty of opportunities to do just that. Whether it’s a traditional German Bratwurst or mini Dutch pancakes smothered in rich, molten Nutella you’re guaranteed to find something that tickles your taste buds. Both savoury and sweet!

5. Local residents get a 20% discount

If you have a UK driver’s license that lists your address as one with an EH postcode, you can use it to get 20% off rides and attractions. This means that even if you don’t live in the city, you may be legible for the discounts. Residents from West Lothian, East Lothian, Mid Lothian and some areas of Falkirk and the Scottish Borders can take advantage of that, woohoo.

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