Take a craft workshop at Makers and Friends pop up
Edinburgh is riddled with pop up shops/markets over Christmas, but unless you’re a local, hunting down the ‘off the beaten track’ ones can prove tricky. A couple of minutes walk from George Street, Makers and Friends are a UK rotating pop up shop selling UK craft and designer pieces. New designers are introduced every Tuesday, so there’s always an excuse to visit. Head to their website to join one of their workshops; try your hand and wire jewellery making, or pom pom slippers? When I stopped by they were stocking delicious smelling vegan body products by Scottish born ‘Lucky Cloud‘.
Henderson’s vegan Christmas market
On the Sunday the 4th and 18th December, Henderson’s city centre veggie and vegan restaurant will be hosting all vegan Christmas markets; showcasing gift ideas, vegan hampers and loads of foodie goodies. Book on Eventbrite now to avoid queues, the free ones are going fast (though the paid ones at £4 get you a cup of mulled wine on arrival!!)
‘Elf’ at the three sisters
If you’re a backpacker, you’re most likely staying around the Grass market/Cow gate area. So after a long day of touring the city, why not head to the local pub for a good couple of drinks whilst watching Christmas movie ‘Elf”’… “SANTA!!! I know him”. On Sunday 18th Dec, The Three Sisters will be screening the movie in their courtyard cinema from 8pm.
Visit Santa for charity in White Stuff
Not many city centre location Santas give all of their donations to charity. Even less have James Martin (Eric from Scottish hit TV show ‘Still Game’) as their Santa… but White Stuff on George Street have both! Rather than a charged amount, the store take donations from visitors, which they donate to local charities. The store Santa is also one of few in the city who is trained to support children with autism. Spread the word!
Be a big Instagram tourist at the street of light
A pretty obvious one, even if you’re not a local!!!…but a good ‘un nonetheless. 60,000 bulbs of light, synchronised beautifully to music from local choirs and bands. With small chalets selling mulled wine and candy canes, its the perfect place to super charge yourself with Christmas cheer, and capture that perfect festive photo. The street is ticketed, however tickets are free. Head to the site to book and view the different music performances on offer.
I’d love to hear any ‘off the beaten track’ suggestions?