To Edinburgh for the festive season – and beyond
Few cities welcome the festive season as whole-heartedly as Edinburgh. Once winter sets in, the city glows with the twinkle of Christmas lights and the mirth of delighted revellers. Yet the Scottish capital’s holiday spirit doesn’t end on 25th December. It’s all about the New Year and the year ahead in this exciting city!
The Edinburgh landmark, The Balmoral hotel, stands tall at the head of Princes Street. Its listed clocktower, set three minutes ahead since its consecration in 1902 and rising tall above the skyline, is a timeless orientation for visitors. Take up residence at this Edinburgh centrepiece this winter and discover all the city – and The Balmoral itself – have to offer.
The Balmoral has a sleighful of gifts and gift vouchers, designed for the festive season. From Christmas baubles, lyrically laced with a golden thread outlining the city’s signature sights, to the re-published North British Station Hotel – Old & New Edinburgh. Originally launched in 1902, the tome is a travel guide detailing treasured vignettes of Scotland’s capital more than a century ago. Round off your collection of gifts that fit perfectly under the tree with the hotel’s array of gift experiences, providing loved ones everything from Afternoon Tea to spa treatments, dinners at Michelin-starred Number One to cocktail sessions at Bar Prince.
The grand finale of Edinburgh’s calendar year is undoubtedly the illustrious Hogmanay Gala Ball. Taking place in the classical interiors of The Balmoral’s Sir Walter Scott Suite, the Ball commences with an elegant Champagne reception before moving on to an opulent feast. A night of spirited revelry with ceilidh band-led dances ensues. As the final moments of 2019 ebb, musicians strike up the traditional nostalgic chords of Auld Lang Syne inviting guests to welcome in the new year with a sparkling toast and a rousing cheer, against a phantasmagory of fireworks illuminating Edinburgh Castle.
Not long after New Year’s Eve, the Scottish bells chime out once more, this time to celebrate the birth of the country’s most famous poet, Robert Burns. On 25th January, the capital livens as its residents pay homage to the beloved bard. The night is defined by unique Scottish traditions, including reciting Burns’ poetic Selkirk Grace and Address to a Haggis.