We love a stunning Christmas tree, and there’s definitely enough of those to see around Edinburgh. With festive cheer filling the city, going around for a wee stroll to discover all the twinkly lights and festive decorations has become a well-anticipated tradition. So, we’ve gathered up a route of places to see on this festive hunt for the prettiest Christmas trees around Edinburgh city centre.
1. Cheval The Edinburgh Grand
Start your Christmas tree hunt at Cheval The Edinburgh Grand on St Andrew Square, where you will find a majestic Christmas tree in the lobby of this luxury holiday apartment complex. Every year, the historic building is graced with grandiose Christmas decorations and is absolutely worth a visit, where you can grab a stunning cocktail on its top floor at The Register Club. And while you’re there, pop into the building of Royal Bank of Scotland next door to experience a dome like no other. It is a working bank, combined with a work of art of a building.
2. The Dome
While The Dome Edinburgh is one of the first to put up their lights during Christmas, they have been a part of George Street’s landscape since October. It’s an obvious attraction every year, yet the iconic building must not be missed, especially with everyone else having caught up with their Chirstmas decorations. Whether you’re in just a peek and of the gorgeous Christmas tree and to take in the stunning twinkling lights, or want to go all out with their famous Christmas afternoon tea experience, the allure of The Dome Edinburgh will surely be as captivating as ever. Plus, The Dome is hosting a 20s-themed Hogmanay party, A Night At The Gatsby Mansion, where visitors are invited to dance into the New Year! And while you’re there, pop by the charming Intercontinental Hotel across the road to check out their beautiful decorations.
Contini has a row of wee Christmas trees twinkling away outside the Italian restaurant on George Street, and they also usually start earlier than everyone else. It’s the perfect little photo op during your Christmassy stroll, and if you’re hungry head on in for a scrumptious Italian dinner. Everything’s made from scratch, and who can say no to some locally-made comfort food on a cold day.
4. Waldorf Astoria
As one of Edinburgh’s most affluent hotels, Waldorf Astoria certainly does not disappoint when it comes to Christmas trees and decorations. The five-star hotel becomes an even more stunning place during the festive season, and is truly a must-see on your Christmassy stroll. The building is completely decked out in Christmas trees, and if you’re in for a well-deserved treat, try the Waldorf Astoria afternoon tea experience. You can book your table here.
5. The yearly Norwegian Christmas tree on The Mound
Every year, the friendly people of Hordaland, Norway send us a fresh Norwegian tree that is decorated in fairy lights and is located at the top of The Mound. Nearby the Edinburgh’s Christmas market, the tree attracts many visitors and is somewhat of a Christmas symbol now. The gift comes as a symbol of gratitude from Norway for Scotland’s assistance during World War II.