What's your favourite thing about winter in Edinburgh?

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  • 21 November 2013
What's your favourite thing about winter in Edinburgh

Ian Rankin, Daniel Sloss, Mark Cousins and more share their festive favourites

We asked a handful of prominent Edinburgh residents what their favourite aspect of the city's Christmas celebrations were. Here's what they said

Ian Rankin (author)

I love it when the canal freezes over. I've never quite dared to try walking across the ice from one bank to the other, but it does make for an otherworldly scene.

Kim Kjaerside (Apex Hotels Ltd sales executive)

I enjoy sipping a glass of mulled wine at the German Christmas Market or standing on Edinburgh's North Bridge taking in the view of the beautifully illuminated Edinburgh Castle.

Linny Oliphant (Strathberry of Scotland head of PR and communications)

I am looking forward to wrapping up in Strathberry of Scotland's exquisite Harebell cashmere scarf and going ice skating with my daughter: a very cool experience!

Nick Barley (Edinburgh International Book Festival director)

I'd like to think that Edinburgh's love affair with ideas is alive and kicking. And what's so good is that we can engage with big ideas at cultural events all over town while also enjoying Edinburgh's world-renowned status as a festival city.

Daniel Sloss (comedian)

It isn't Christmas until I walk around the market with my best friends, drinking mulled wine and going on the Big Wheel when it gets dark; it's wonderfully magical.

Robin Worksnop (Rabbie's Small Group Tours chief executive)

There is nothing more stunning than the Edinburgh skyline on a crisp winter's day: blue skies and frosty ground in Inverleith Park looking up to the Old and New Towns with Arthur’s Seat to the east and Edinburgh Castle to the west.

Mark Cousins (filmmaker)

As we know from recent films, Edinburgh is cinematic. In winter it becomes ridiculously so. It's as if the city sprung from the imagination of Frank Capra or Vincente Minnelli, Margaret Tait or William Dieterle.

Nicola Irvine (Gosford House assistant event manager)

I love the way Edinburgh just seems to twinkle with all things Christmassy! From mulled wine in the Christmas market to the party lights along George Street; there’s a wee bit of Christmas magic to the place.

Edinburgh's Christmas

Six weeks of winter wonderland, with 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).

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