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Capital Christmas

December 2005

Edinburgh in December

Edinburgh's Capital Christmas celebrations begin on 24 November with the switching on of the Christmas Lights in East Princes Street Gardens at 5pm and a Norwegian Advent Concert in St Giles Cathedral at 7.30pm.

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 [Foot of the Mound, beside National Galleries].

-   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]

-   Horse & Carriage Rides and Santa Express [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 Winter Wonderland ice rink, the Big Wheel and the German Market, will all be open from 24 November.

The Santa Reindeer Garden opens on 10 December.

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 11 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.  Over 3,500 Santas are needed if the world record, set in Newtown, mid-Wales last year, is to be broken. 

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

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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