1. Festive Cocktail Masterclass at G&V
G&V Royal Mile Hotel, 1 George IV Bridge, EH1 1AD
Get yourself in the holiday spirit by learning how to make some wintery cocktails at one of the city’s top boutique hotels. Last week I headed along to sample the masterclass for myself, and discovered the secrets behind three of G&V’s most popular winter cocktails, the classic Charlie Chaplin, a festive Christmas Flip and the Old Scots Pine from the current A/W cocktail menu. We were in good hands with Bar Manager Matt and I picked up lots of new tips for making my own cocktails at home. Even if you don’t fancy a masterclass, I’d definitely recommend heading to the G&V bar to enjoy some unique cocktails from the seasonal menu. More info: Mixology Masterclasses at G&V.
2. Christmas Burgers at Burger
Burger, 94a Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA
Sick of turkey dinners? For a twist on the traditional Christmas lunch, head to Burger to feast on their festive menu instead. If you’re looking for somewhere for a last-minute work do, you can book yourself in for a 3 course meal – or if you fancy stopping by with your pals for a quick bite to eat, all the Christmas burgers are available on the current specials menu. Recently, I rounded up a few of my blogging babes and we had a festive catch up over burgers, hotdogs and fries. I opted for the Christmas Katsu burger which came topped with cranberry chilli sauce, stir fried sprouts, chipolatas and red wine jus. Delish! More info: Burger Christmas Specials.
3. The Nutcracker with Scottish Ballet
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson Street, EH8 9FT
Forget the panto this year and head to the theatre to see Scottish Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker instead. As always, Scottish Ballet have done a fantastic job of putting together a beautiful production; everything is stunning from the choreography to the music to the sets to the costumes. I went along to watch the dress rehearsal on Friday and was mesmerised by the whole thing. Reimagining Peter Darrell’s classic version of The Nutcracker, this production is perfect for adults and children alike, emphasising the magical escapism of childhood imagination. The Nutcracker is on at the Festival Theatre until the 3rd January and then it’s doing a little tour covering Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Newcastle. More info: Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker.
4. Shop Local at Made From Scotland (& More!)
Made From Scotland Pop-Up Shop, 115-117 Rose Street, EH2 3DT
If you haven’t finished off your Christmas shopping already, Edinburgh has lots of fantastic independent shops where you can pick up something a little bit different. Cheeky bit of self-promotion here, but I’d wholeheartedly recommend checking out the Made From Scotland Pop-Up on Rose Street before we close on the 23rd December, where you’ll find lots of homeware, jewellery, accessories, prints and gifts from independent Scottish designers. Other great spots for Christmas shopping include the Red Door Gallery for prints & art, Black Box for jewellery, Godiva Boutique for vintage clothes & accessories, The Brotique for manly things and Paper Tiger for cards & stationery.
5. Christmas Films at the Cameo Cinema
Cameo Cinema, 8 Home Street, EH3 9LZ
Isn’t there just something pretty great about watching old films in the cinema? Head along to the Cameo this winter to catch a showing of one of your favourite Christmas movies – there are lots to choose from, whether you love classic tales or something a little bit different. My top picks include Die Hard (best “Christmas” film ever, no?), Elf (a modern classic) and Home Alone (merry Christmas ya filthy animals). Just add a Christmas jumper, a bucket of popcorn and prepare yourself for a couple of hours of festive fun. More info: Christmas films at Cameo.
Any top tips for other things to do in Edinburgh this winter?