Christmas festivities began in the Scottish capital at the weekend and the magical programme of events continues for the next six weeks.

Widely regarded as the one of the best places in the UK to enjoy the Christmas season, Edinburgh comes to life all over the city with a traditional German market, Ferris wheel and ever popular ice rink.

The main focal point is Princes Street in the city centre that undergoes a complete transformation into a winter wonderland. Events take place everyday with particular emphasis on the period of Thursday to Sunday of each week.

Some of the highlights of this year include live reindeer visits, the Santa Express, various choirs and street performances, live ice sculpting and a Santa Zumbathon. The traditional German market is a must visit, wrap up warm and stroll around the market with Edinburgh Castle providing the stunning backdrop. Browse the Christmas stalls with hand blown baubles and colourful wooden toys, taste the delicious food on offer and finish off with some Gluhwein – mulled wine served in ceramic mugs – to keep out the winter chill.

Take a ride on Edinburgh’s Ferris wheel and marvel at the panoramic views over Scotland’s capital while deciding what to do and see next. Take part in a treasure hunt and win prizes from the city’s high street retailers, late night shopping and extended hours in the city centre accommodate shoppers looking for Christmas bargains.

No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without taking time out to sample one of the cities many eateries. In addition to the many gastro pubs and bistros, the Scottish capital is home to more Michelin starred restaurants than any other place in the UK outside of London.

Enjoying a Christmas or seasonal dish made from locally grown produce prepared by some of the countries most talented chef’s rounds off the perfect festive season experience.

Guests staying at our CLC Duchally Country Estate in Perthshire during the build up to Christmas will find Edinburgh an easy drive of just over an hour away and should include the Edinburgh festive season as part of their holiday.