Fun in the Snow: Go Outdoors This Winter

Kid Friendly, sports, Things to Do — By Christina Maria Paschyn on December 9, 2010 at 9:05 pm

The weather outside is frightful and the fire is so delightful…but that doesn’t mean you’ve no place to go! So let it snow, let it snow!

There is still lots of fun to be had outdoors in Edinburgh during the holiday season, and even some winter sports you can enjoy. Here are our top recommendations:

– Watch the sunset on Calton Hill, home to the Athenian acropolis monument, which stands proudly at the peak. Calton Hill also offers visitors beautiful views of the city as far as Holyrood Park. Take a tour of the two observatories here, the first built in 1792 and the second in 1818. Both hold regular exhibitions and opportunities to get up and close and personal with the stars.

The scenic beauty of Calton Hill

– You may scoff at the idea of hiking Arthur’s Seat in the dead of winter, buy a few brave folks have even dared to ski down it! Just be careful of slopes with heavy snow banks – you don’t want to trigger an avalanche.


– If you would prefer to ski or snowboard at a professional site, head to the Midlothian Snowsports Centre on Biggar Road, Europe’s longest and most challenging artificial ski slope. Kiddies can test their skills on two nursery slopes.

Midlothian Snowsports Centre in Edinburgh - this year there is guaranteed to be more snow!

– Watch an Edinburgh Capitals match. The ice hockey team is playing two home games this weekend against the Nottingham Panthers at 6.00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

– Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and make your own Christmas wreath on Sunday, Dec. 12. Learn all about traditional Christmas spices and take part in hands-on activities on Dec. 19.

Make your own Xmas wreath at the Royal Botanic Gardens

– Channel your inner Michelle Kwan at the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink on Princes Street, located conveniently next to the Winter Wonderland funfair which offers a variety of amusement rides.

– Lastly, on Dec. 18 and 19, let your children meet Santa in his plane for a sky-high Christmas at the National Museum of Flight. Santa will even be giving out gifts. Admission price for kids is £5.

Meet Santa in his plane at the National Museum of Flight

[Photo credits: Santa with and on plane courtesy of the National Museum of Flight, Calton Hill by glyn_nelson, Skiing courtesy of Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Wreath courtesy of the Royal Botanic Gardens]

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