Get in the Christmas spirit with your loved one by taking them on a trip to Edinburgh's Christmas, you can skate, dance, shop and drink your way through the ultimate date night
Hold on tight because the holiday spirit is about to take over the centre of Edinburgh as the city is transformed into a festival of all things festive. Over six weeks – from Friday 16 November until Saturday 5 January – a massive programme of events and activities will kick off, with the usual annual offerings alongside some innovative new arrivals. Not only does Edinburgh's Christmas make for a fantastic day out with family or friends, but it's also the perfect outing for a date night. The fairy tale atmosphere, intimate feel and cosy spots make it incredibly romantic and the ideal place to bring a loved one – whether it's your first date, a friends date, or your 105th date. To help you out, we've compiled the best events and activities at Edinburgh's Christmas this year to create the ultimate date night for you.
Spice up your date night by taking part in a truly unique collaboration between Silent Adventures and Street of Light. The former is the travelling silent disco that boogies through town every year during the Fringe, and the latter is a spectacular installation along the streets of Edinburgh, made from an array of 60,000 lights. Together they've become an incredible sensory experience called Silent Lights. Each session is 20 minutes long and has three types: Santa's Sparkles, for families; Christmas Crackers, with all the Christmas bangers and Disco Delights for those disco dancers. It's fun, it's unique and it's miles better than the average cinema date night.
La Clique Noël - Part Deux
credit: Ian Georgeson The award-winning cabaret show is back in Edinburgh where it first began at the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This time it comes with a brand new Christmas-themed show, La Clique Noël - Part Deux. It also has a new cast that includes Bernie Dieter, the Mistress of Mayhem and star of the 2018 Fringe show Little Death Club, and fire-eater extraordinaire Heather Holliday. The show is designed for adults and includes the best in genre-blurring cabaret, circus and burlesque talent. It is pure unbridled entertainment and guaranteed to impress your date.
One Square - Pre Show Dining Package
Before catching a show, why not grab a bite to eat at One Square Restaurant, which overlooks the Festival Square Spiegeltent. Throughout the Christmas period, the restaurant really comes to life with a magical vibe that radiates with music and fun. What's more is that the eatery is doing an exclusive pre-theatre dining package with a two-course meal, glass of prosecco, ticket to La Clique Noël - Part Deux and parking for up to six hours. There are also packages to suit all kinds of budgets.
For a classic Christmas-themed date head along to the interesting elliptical-shaped ice rink at St Andrews Square. Wiz around the rink together feeling like you're in a rom-com, or Blades of Glory if that's more your style. You're sure to make cute memories, even if you fall in front of your date. Just remember, no selfies or pictures are allowed as phones are forbidden on the rink.
Rekorderlig Cider Lodge
After gliding around the ice skating rink you'll be in need of a drink and a rest, so head to the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge situated right next to the rink in St Andrews Square. The lodge takes inspiration from the Rekorderlig's Scandi roots and provides major hygge vibes. You can drink hot and cold cider and try out their festive flavour, Spiced Plum. Enjoy your drinks and have a laugh at anyone falling over on the ice rink in front of you.
Forth 1 Big Wheel
Get some quiet time with your loved one high above the sky with a ride on Forth 1's Big Wheel. The big wheel has 36 enclosed pods which are fully weatherproof to guard against Scotland's inclement weather. Up to six people can sit in each pod and will undoubtedly give you the best views in the city. You might even be able to sneak a kiss.
Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar
After a day of fun in Edinburgh, there is no better way to warm up than with the traditional Scottish water of life. Johnnie Walker is setting up shop on the mound with their Bothy Bar, a two-floor bar serving a range of hot toddies from all over Scotland. Even if you're not a whisky drinker, they also have a range of whisky cocktails which are sure to please even the lightest of palates.
Finally, no day or night out in Edinburgh during the festive season is complete without a visit to the biggest Christmas market in the country. The market has a truly traditional and romantic feel, as you can peruse the craft stalls with a mulled wine in one hand and your date's hand in the other. Pick up presents from local crafters and artists, or fill your tummies with some of the best wintry gastronomic delights. The market is open 10am-10pm, giving you plenty of time to visit and get in the Christmas spirit.
Edinburgh's Christmas, Various Venues, Fri 16 Nov–Sat 5 Jan, edinburghschristmas.com
Six weeks of winter wonderland, with the West End of Edinburgh transformed by a fairground, a host of colourful lights and the fabled European Christmas market with dozens of stalls selling traditional trinkets and crafts as well as delicious Teutonic treats (and, of course, glühwein).