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Twinkling Edinburgh this Festive

Edinburgh’s Christmas is back again this year bigger and brighter than ever and this year Oink are right in right in the middle of it with our newest shop on Hanover Street.

George Street will be alive again with another wonderful display of Christmas lights, the Christmas Markets are extending onto George Street, there is a giant Advent Calendar on Princes Street and The Ice Adventure arrives at the West end of George Street. Returning to the centre of the city are the regular favourites to Edinburgh’s Christmas including Princes Street Christmas markets and the breath-taking ice rink on St Andrew Square. For those thrill seekers, the Big Wheel and the Star Flyer rides are back at East Princes Street Gardens, and the Santa Train chugs back into Santa Land along with a host of riders for younger children to enjoy.   And of course, Santa is back and ready to receive visitors in his magical festive Grotto, in a new home this year on George Street.

Here is just a few of the wonderfully themed Christmas events in the centre of Edinburgh this festive;

Christmas Market – George Street from 17th November – 24th December 2017
The traditional Christmas market spreads to George Street offering a unique, festive shopping experience for everyone with its wonderful display of crafters, artists, gifts and tasty delights.

Christmas Market – East Princes Street Gardens from 18th November – 6th January 2018
The traditional Edinburgh Christmas Market is again returning to East Princes St Gardens with whole host of Christmas ‘things’ for all to enjoy. Located right in the heart of Edinburgh all can enjoy a unique shopping experience with crafters, artists, gift shops and gastronomic surprises. Get into the Christmas spirit!
Open from 10am – 10pm.
Note – close at 8pm on 24 December, are closed 25 December, open 12pm 26 December and 1 January.

Santa Land
Santa Land, in East Princes Street Gardens, features a Christmas Tree Maze, the Santa Train, and family-friendly rides including the Race-a-Rama, Carousel, Helter Skelter, Ice Wall, Reindeer Ride, Crazy Cars and a Rollercoaster.

Edinburgh’s Giant Advent Calendar from 1st – 25th December 2017
2 Princes St, Edinburgh EH1 3YY

New this is Edinburgh’s giant Advent Calendar which will be projected onto General Register House, with 25 glimpses of Edinburgh Winters from years gone-by, one revealed each day throughout advent. Each day an archived image of Edinburgh dating back as far as 1700s will be animated and set to a soundscape reflective of that year. This wonderful new Festive display of Edinburgh’s Giant Advent Calendar will be projected on General Register House at varying times from 5.30pm to 10pm every day.
Free display

The Ice Adventure – A Journey Through Frozen Scotland from 17th November – 24th December 2017
New this year is this year the west end of George Street will transform into a winter wonderland of snow and ice for The Ice Adventure. This is an arctic installation of an immersive walk-through experience filled with spectacular ice and snow sculptures to take your breath away. Take a tour of Scotland with life-like ice sculptures of Vikings, fairies and Kelpies, Highland cows, eagles and Dolly the Sheep, Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots and Greyfriars Bobby, and of course the Loch Ness Monster! Supported by Shackleton Whisky, this attraction will also feature an ice bar.
With a setting of -10 C, be sure to wrap up!
Tickets from £7.00

Check out the full programme of events, times and dates at Edinburgh’s Christmas.

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