The Christmas market pops up beside the National Galleries and alongside Princes Street Gardens, with a view to the Christmas tree that has appeared on the Mound under the shadow of the Castle. If you head there well wrapped up and with an empty stomach, you're bound to have a good time!
This year it's a little different, but with the exception of the skating rink having downsized and moved locations, I'd say it's an improvement! There's now lots more bars with a bit of seating area which was sorely lacking in previous years, and the festivities have now expanded to include a market at St Andrews Square.
I'll be hard pressed to beat the fun times I've had in Edinburgh at Christmas with my uni friends, but having been away from my second home for a shocking six months, Mum and I thought now would be a good time to make a little trip through.
Unfortunately, I seemed to have caught a little bug and found the over-heated shops, however nicely they were decorated, unbearable to spend much time in and ended up actually being sick after dinner which scuppered my plans of sampling one too many cocktails!
But during the day I did manage to have a good wander around the re-vamped Christmas markets which definitely put me in the Christmas spirit.
After arriving about midday, we dropped our stuff at the hotel then headed to Eteaket, a lovely little cafe just off George Street which specialises in tea. I don't actually drink tea, but I love Eteaket anyway - they have a great selection of savoury food as well as cakes, it's decorated really nicely and you can even get a glass of fizz, what more can you ask for?
My little bug came on about this time, which prevented me from sampling the many delicacies available. Pretty disappointing to say the least because let's be honest, the best thing about Christmas markets is the food and drink!
However, from past experience I can highly recommend the currywurst and also the crepes - if you have a sweet tooth like me go for nutella and marshmallows...and prepare to get messy!
Had I not been poorly, I definitely would have tried the 'Pimm's Hot Toffee Apple' as an alternative to mulled wine, which apparently consisted of Pimm's Elderflower and Blackberry, apple juice, lemon juice and maple syrup. If anyone has tried this please let me know what you thought of it!
|St Andrews Square|
After a little rest we headed out for dinner with family, which was delicious although slightly spoiled by my subsequent illness, but I am sure this was not due to the food!
Not quite the break I expected, but nonetheless a pleasure to see Edinburgh in all its Christmas glory.
Where is your favourite place at Christmastime?