The Scots generally celebrate their Christmas the same was as the English. They tend to wait for the big celebrations on New Year's eve which they call Hogmanay. In this a tradition known as "first footing" which is the first person to set foot in a residence in the New Year is thought to affect the fortunes of the inhabitants. They also bring gifts such as food and drinks. Going to Edinburgh for your Scotland Christmas holidays will bring you everything you need. Whether it's shopping, drinking, eating, concerts, fairs or festive fun, there is something for everyone in Edinburgh during the winter time. The city brings you one of Europe's largest ice rinks where you can skate under the stars and in the shadow of Edinburgh castle.
You will be spoilt for choice hopping at Christmas time in Edinburgh with a fabulous mix of independent and high street retailers. The best thing about Christmas in Edinburgh is the Winter Wonderland which is a mix of fairground rides, Ferris Wheel, ice rink, hot food stands, Christmas fair and a Christmas market. These are open for 4 weeks. Christmas is also pantomime season in Edinburgh. Popular fairytale classics like Jack and the Beanstalk, Puss in Boots and Cinderella come alive on a festive stage.
Scotland Christmas holidays from Ireland can cost from just €43 from Dublin airport. www.ryanair.ie
Staying in Edinburgh can cost from €48 per night staying at the 3-star Glenisla guest house. It is located in a beautiful conservation area of Edinburgh and only minutes by bus or taxi from Edinburgh city centre. Glenisla guest house offers a mix of double, single and family rooms. Each room is en-suite, furnished and decorated to a high standard. The rooms also have a television with digital channels as well as free wireless internet access. Breakfast is also included in the price: www.glenislahotel.com