Grassy hills become sledge runs, ponds turn into ice rinks, and fairytale buildings like Edinburgh Castle look like they have an extra-magical dusting of pure white icing sugar.
Back in the 1950s and 1960s winters in Scotland were colder than they are today, and snowdays were far more common.
Here are 26 fascinating pictures from over 50 years ago showing festive weather in the Capital.
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1. Nice weather for penguins
The penguins enjoying the snow at Edinburgh Zoo in 1950.
Children throwing snowballs at the photographer in Holyrood Park during their Christmas break in 1966.
Photo: George Smith
3. Packed rink
Edinburgh skaters on a frozen Union Canal at Craiglockhart in 1950.
4. Melting man
A snowman, complete with bunnet and scarf, melting in a Corstorphine garden in 1963.