To Ed­in­burgh for the fes­tive sea­son – and be­yond

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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.

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