A guide to the best Christmas shopping in Edinburgh on your CLC World holiday. From dedicated stores to festive displays, the city is magical in winter.
Get into the festive spirit this season with a day trip to magical Edinburgh from CLC Duchally Country Estate
Edinburgh is a magical place to visit at any time of the year, but there’s something particularly special about a Scottish holiday over Christmas. The beautiful architecture, quaint cobbled streets and scenic surroundings make this much-loved city an idyllic backdrop for Christmas lights, magical markets, music and more – read our short guide to Christmas shopping in Edinburgh to find out what not to miss if you’re planning a cosy holiday to CLC Duchally Country Estate for the festive season.
The Best Christmas Shops
No visit to Edinburgh during Christmas would be complete without a visit to the famous Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe on Canongate in the centre of town. This cheerful grotto is – you guessed it – a yuletide sanctuary all year round! Selling everything from traditional hand-crafted decorations to historical gifts, exquisite miniatures and ceramics, it’s perfect for stocking up on Christmas adornments for your home.
If one dedicated Christmas shop in Edinburgh wasn’t enough, you’ll be very excited to hear there is also The Nutcracker Christmas Shop selling all the festive accessories you could wish for. This Edinburgh address is actually run by the same family that have two Christmas stores in the village of Crieff, a mere ten miles from CLC World’s Duchally Country Estate.
Festive Christmas Markets
Without a doubt, the best way to fully immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit in Edinburgh is to head down to one of the bustling Christmas markets and warm up your hands with a festive mug of mulled wine. The most popular market is held in East Princes Street Gardens and is a treasure trove of hand-made goods, crafts, unique artisan gifts and delicious food and drink. When it comes to shopping for family and friends, this picturesque market is the perfect place, since there’s something to cater for every taste and interest – along with plenty of refreshments to keep your energy up as you shop.
A Little Post-Shopping Adventure
What could put you in the festive mood more than taking a spin on an ice-rink in one of the UK’s most beautiful cities? Glide along to festive favourites at the ice rink on St Andrew Square, surrounded by the bright Christmas lights to help you unwind after a long day of retail therapy..
A Very Famous Tree
The Jenners Christmas tree is truly the stuff of legend. Every year, the department store raises its magnificent tree bedecked with lights and tinsel in its central foyer, which is several stories tall and can be viewed from each level of the store. Grand and glorious, this is a much-loved local tradition and is very much worth a visit during your Edinburgh shopping excursion from CLC Duchally Country Estate.
The Best Boutiques
One of the many lovely things about Edinburgh in the Christmas season is that every store gets involved in making the city feel as festive and atmospheric as can be – from the very largest department stores to the smallest independent boutiques, everywhere lights up, decorated like a winter wonderland. Adventure down whichever charming cobbled streets take your fancy to be rewarded with the best independent shops for special, one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones.
Christmas Shopping in Edinburgh: Where to Stay
Edinburgh is an easy day trip from CLC Duchally Country Estate, which is located 54 miles away in the heart of the Perthshire countryside. The perfect tonic to a Christmas shopping in Edinburgh excursion, you’ll unwind and relax in the lead-up to the festive season in romantic surroundings. Mornings are spent relaxing in the resort’s leisure centre before cosy afternoons pass sipping whisky around an open fire and wrapped up warm to stroll through the resort’s 27 acres of parkland. A choice of both elegant rooms and self-contained lodges make Duchally Country Estate the ultimate destination to soak up the magic of the festive season in Scotland.
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