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December 18, 2021

Fabulously festive things to do in Edinburgh this Christmas

With festivities just around the corner, there are so many things to do in Edinburgh this Christmas. With our new Gelato shop opening in the bustling centre and our stunning Longniddry Bents location just a short drive away, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Spend the most wonderful time of the year with loved ones and explore Edinburgh this festive season. From the iconic Illuminated Trail and magical outdoor ice skating, to uncovering the city’s history, make the most of Christmas and treat yourself to something delicious from Alandas Seafood and Gelato.

Fabulous festive experiences in Edinburgh 

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, and what better way to spend the season than with festive fabulousness in Edinburgh? Throughout December there are a host of amazing experiences and things to do with your loved ones, so we’ve put together our favourites just on the doorstep of our new Gelato store. You’ll never be too far from a sweet treat.

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Edinburgh Playhouse 

Perfectly situated in the heart of Edinburgh, the Playhouse Theatre is the UK’s largest all-seated venue, with performances from some of the biggest names in musical theatre, comedy, and live music. 

This winter, there are so many shows to choose from, but for something festive, why not enjoy a spectacular performance of Irving Berlin’s, White Christmas musical? Perfect to keep the whole family entertained, this toe-tapping production tells the tale of two veteran friends who follow the musically-led Haynes Sisters on a journey of love and friendship. You can immerse yourself in this story from December 14th up to January 2nd.

Edinburgh Playhouse

Ice skating at George’s Street

For something a little more refreshing and to have a laugh at one another, put your skills to the test at the beautiful outdoor ice skating rink located just a 15-minute drive from our Gelato shop. One of the most popular things to do in Edinburgh this Christmas, ice skating will bring joy to you all and give you the opportunity to glide your way up George’s Street. Open until January 2nd, you have plenty of time to get your skates on for a fun and festive activity. 

The Magical, Botanical Illuminated Trail

Christmas wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for an illuminating and impressive light show. Held every year at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the famous Light Trail is back featuring sparkling tunnels of light, jewel-lit trees, waterside attractions, and flickering flames. Full of festive cheer, the botanical gardens boast a joyful and magical atmosphere. 

To light up your Christmas at the Botanic Gardens, bring your friends and family along between now and January 2nd. Don’t forget to stop by Alandas Gelato for a delicious pick-me-up. 

Festival of Light Edinburgh

Explore Edinburgh’s culture this Christmas 

If you’re a culture lover and are craving the history and incredible monuments of Edinburgh, then explore the most famous and beautiful landmarks of the capital.

Edinburgh Castle at Christmas 

One of the most stunning things to do in Edinburgh this Christmas is to visit the iconic castle. Perched at the top of Castle Hill, Edinburgh Castle is beautifully historic and one of the oldest fortified places in Europe. With unrivalled scenery of the city during the winter months, the castle is a must-visit on your route. 

Alive with many interesting tales from the royal residence, military garrison, prison, and fortress, climbing Castle Hill will put you in the footsteps of soldiers, monarchs, and even the occasional pirate. During your visit, explore the highlights of the castle from The Great Hall, to the National War Museum and One o’Clock Gun. With the option to buy a family ticket for the day, uncover the secrets of the Castle, just a 10-minute walk from Alandas Gelato. 

Edinburgh Castle at Christmas

Beautiful views of the city from Calton Hill 

To escape the hustle and bustle of the city and view it from up above, take a stroll up the peaceful Calton Hill with an Alandas Gelato in hand. Experience panoramic views from the top, looking out at some of Edinburgh’s most iconic monuments from Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Castle, and the Cathedral.

Reaching the top is just the beginning as Calton Hill boasts some fascinating history, offering more wonderful things to do in Edinburgh this Christmas. Not only will you see the frost settling across the city, but you’ll also witness the famous National Monument, commemorating the Scottish servicemen who died in the Napoleonic Wars.

Take a trip to Longniddry Bents 

After exploring culture in the heart of Edinburgh city, why not take a short drive to Longniddry Bents where you’ll find Alandas Seafood perfectly situated on the seafront. Although the weather may be cool, our warming selection of quality, local seafood will be just the pick-me-up you need. Enjoy winter walks on the stunning stretch of beach, perfect for four-legged friends, and explore the forest trails and hikes that this little coastal village has to offer before tucking into our signature fish and chips.

This Christmas, we’re getting into the festive spirit with our new winter menu. Expect to see even more delicious seafood options, as well as some exclusive Christmas specials such as mouth-watering lobster rolls and a delightful seafood chowder, so every craving can be satisfied. 

To make your Christmas one to remember, choose to spend it with Alandas and visit our new Edinburgh Gelato store. Discover our delicious offerings made with the highest quality Scottish ingredients.

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