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Capital Christmas

December 2004

Edinburgh in December

Edinburgh's Capital Christmas celebrations begin in late-November with the switching on of the Christmas Lights.

During December there will be:

-   Christmas Tree on the Mound

-   Christmas lights [including Princes Street, George Street and Royal Mile]

Looking along George Street from outside the Assembly Rooms towards West Register House on the west side of Charlotte Square

-   Winter Floral Clock  [West Princes Street Gardens]

-   The 'Edinburgh Wheel' [a Ferris wheel, beside the Scott Monument]

Photograph by Peter Stubbs  -  Edinburgh  -  December 2002  -  The Big Wheel and Princes Street traffic

-   German Christmas Market [East Princes Street Gardens].

-   Open-air skating rink for 400 skaters [E Princes Street Gardens]

Photograph by Peter Stubbs  -   Edinburgh  -  December 2002  -  The Ice Skating Rink in East Princes Street Gardens

-   Santa's Reindeer Garden [West Princes Street Gardens]

Reindeer in West Princes Street Gardens  -  December 2004

-   Horse and Carriage Rides [West Princes Street Gardens]

-   Robert Brothers Circus [West Princes Street Gardens - from 3 December]

-   Great Scottish Santa Run  [West Princes Street Gardens: See below]

Santas in West Princes Street Gardens  -  December 2004

The lights on the Christmas Tree on the Mound and the Christmas Lights in the streets in the centre of Edinburgh will be switched on at 6pm on Thursday 25 November. 

This will also mark the opening of the Winter Wonderland ice rink, the Big Wheel and the German Market, all in East Princes Street Gardens

Great Scottish Santa Run

This is one of several Santa Runs being held around Britain.  The Edinburgh event will be 1.5km in West Princes Street Gardens, beside the Christmas Reindeer Garden, on 12 December.

Proceeds are for charity.  Entry is 10 (or 5 for under 12s) including Santa suits.  Participants may either walk or run.  Santas can be male or female.  Almost 3,000 Santas are needed if the world record is to be broken. 

Further details and entry forms can be found on The Santa Run web site.

[Herald & Post -  11 November 2004  -  p.19]


There were in fact only about 400 participants in the Great Scottish Santa Run held in fine weather on Sunday 12 December.  It is planned that the event will return to Edinburgh in December 2005.

Web Sites

For further details see the official web sites for

-  Edinburgh:

Capital Christmas

-  East Princes Street Gardens: 

Winter Wonderland

-  Great Scottish Santa Run:

The Santa Run




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