Edinburgh at Christmas

George Street, Edinburgh

Christmas takes over Edinburgh in a big way. George Street, in the New Town, is particularly pretty and this year hosted Ice Adventure: a journey through frozen Scotland. See if you can guess what any of these ice sculptures are! (they’re all captioned, so click to view). I do have reservations about how festive Mary, Queen of Scots having her head chopped off is…..

We had tickets for the ice sculptures but were pleased to happen upon another event.

Joy to the World, the Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival, takes place at St Andrew’s and St George’s West. Forty trees are each decorated by a local charity, business or voluntary group. All the trees come from social enterprise Caring Christmas Trees, supporting homeless people in Edinburgh throughout the winter, and donations to the event benefit another three charities. What a lovely idea!

A couple more Christmassy shots of George Street. Can you see the feet sticking out from that fairground attraction? It plummeted from the top VERY quickly. No way would I ever get on that!

All that remains is to wish you all a very Happy Christmas! I hope you have a lovely time however, or whatever, you are celebrating.


  1. These are beautiful lights and love the ice sculptures even the strange Mary ready to lose her head which I actually like. I hope your Christmas was good and wishing you a Happy New Year

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  2. Today’s the day. Hope you’ve been enjoying it, as you obviously enjoyed the ice sculptures and festive lights in Edinburgh. Coincidentally, twice in the last two days we’ve heard people with marked Scottish accents on television. One was in the 1994 movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”


  3. Those ice sculptures are spectacular, Anabel. I think it would be an amazing thing to take one December and just go from city to city looking to see how people are celebrating Christmas. Edinburgh would absolutely be on my list.
    Happy Christmas to you and John.


  4. Happy Holidays to you, Anabel. I enjoy following you around this year and I am looking forward to taking more trips with you (virtually) 😉
    Have a great day.


  5. oh wow Anabel, what fun and a lovely approach to Christmas. Like Jo it was the stags that caught my eye, albeit there is something rather fabulous about that Highland Cow, I think it is because it has such a wonderful face 🙂

    I really love the Christmas Tree idea – wonderful.

    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas, and here’s to our 2018 meet up 🙂