Edinburgh’s holiday festivities commence on Thursday, November 25 when the city turns on its Christmas lights at 5:15pm. Head to Princes Street to see the lighting of the city’s splendid Christmas Tree on the Mound, which has been given to Edinburgh for the past 25 years by the good folks of Hordaland, Norway as a thank you for Scotland’s support and assistance during World War II. After the lighting ceremony, listen to the melodic singing of the Norwegian Carol Concert at St. Giles Cathedral, starting at 7pm.
The Princes Street German Market and holiday funfair will also open on November 25 and the centrepiece of this, the Edinburgh Wheel will begin turning and giving lifts at 10am. The funfair will feature a giant marquee hosted by Nintendo, with Wii consoles for visitors to test out the latest games, and the new Cadbury Wishes Workshop, where kids can design their own candy bar and enter a competition to win a trip to Cadbury World to see their creation become a reality.
At the German Market feast on delicious German sausage, hot chocolate and scrumptious pastries. Unique holiday gifts will be on sale as well, like nutcrackers and funky hat, gloves and scarf sets. The gloves will come in handy for a twirl on the ice rink. There, also on the 25th, you can watch a preview of this year’s winter festival shows.