10 signs Christmas is on its way in Edinburgh

Start browsing Christmas jumpers - 'tis almost the season to be jolly.

Friday, 16th November 2018, 11:27 am
Updated Friday, 16th November 2018, 1:29 pm
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Here are 10 sure-fire signs you know Christmas is coming quicker than you think in Edinburgh.

Almost as iconic as the Scott Monument, Edinburghs Christmas ferris wheel is a key part of the citys skyline throughout the festive season. Seeing it lit up makes the dark winter nights slightly more bearable.
They go up earlier and earlier every year (this time around it was October), but The Dome bar and restaurants spectacular Christmas lights on George Street are another Edinburgh institution that will leave you feeling in the spirit.

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Whether its the annually gifted tree from Norway on the Mound, or the breathtaking effort in Jenners, a huge Christmas tree has a way of making you feel like the big day is just around the corner, even if its weeks away.
The ceremonial switching on of Edinburghs Christmas lights (happening this year on Saturday 17 November) is a fun-filled evening of pure festive cheer.
Also on Saturday 17 November, the citys famous Christmas markets will open, making a whole host of retail stalls, rides and food and drink options available to everyone. It might not be so pleasant on busy weekend days, but a leisurely wander through the markets on a quiet evening is sure to get you excited for Christmas.
Dont panic if you hear screaming as you approach St Andrew Square from mid-November onwards - its just the amateur ice skaters making their way around the temporary rink there.
Whether youre warming up after a spot of skating, or smugly toasting the fact that you dont have to step foot on the ice, nothing beats a mulled wine or hot chocolate with an extra (boozy) kick from one of the many pop-up bars at Edinburghs Christmas. Its the ultimate winter warmer.
Though always busy, the citys main shopping thoroughfare suddenly looks as packed as it did during Augusts Fringe when Christmas shoppers descend on Princes Street.
This years Kings Theatre pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, begins on Saturday 1 December - oh, yes, it does.
Nothing says Christmas is coming quite like hundreds of people dressed as Santa Claus running through Edinburgh. This years 2.5km charity Santa Run will take place on Friday 9 December, raising money to grant the Wishes of children for When You Wish Upon a Star.