Top tips for a perfect festive family weekend in Edinburgh

Top tips for a perfect festive family weekend in Edinburgh

What a weekend! I’ve got a belter adult only trip arranged soon which might involve my favourite luxury Scottish hotel.  Can you guess?

To avoid all guilt, this weekend past was CRAM packed with amazing family fun doing totally new things. I wanted to share a few of them with you. Whilst it’s lovely being cosy at home, it’s always important to get out to avoid those family arguments with different personalities under the same roof for too long.  Talk about a festive melting pot.  It doesn’t seem like long ago that I wrote the article – how not to kill your partner over the Christmas holidays. Here we go again !

I hope you enjoy these tips and if you go – send me a selfie x

The Giant Lanterns of China at Edinburgh Zoo 

Edinburgh Zoo have installed over 450 dazzling giant lanterns.  The atmosphere was amazing up there. You can enjoy wintery hot drinks, such as mulled wine and hot chocolate and shop in the Christmas marketplace featuring hand-made crafts from Chinese artisans.  Wrap up warm and enjoy, it’s magical.

Edinburgh Zoo - Giant Lanterns of China

Edinburgh Zoo – Giant Lanterns of China

Edinburgh Zoo - Giant Lanterns of China Edinburgh Zoo - Giant Lanterns of China


A trip to Craigie’s Farm and Dalmeny Christmas Trees 

On Saturday we set out to Craigie’s.  Dalmeny Christmas trees have been supplying amazing quality tree’s for over 20 years.  It was lovely to go as a family and pick our tree.  I learnt about all the different types – from size, to smell and child friendly needles and I loved it.  In the end, the girls decided and we picked a stunning Nordmann fir.  Look out for my ‘best real Christmas tree’ post coming towards the end of the week.


Dalmeny Christmas Trees

When you get a tree, you get a £2 coffee voucher for the cafe – Craigie’s Farm do a lovely cappuccino and with a splendid view at that. The kids love the play park, as do I. Thanks to the lovely lad Jude, who so passionately pushed me on the big swing as I looked up at the blue sky. That was fun!

I love a farm shop and Craigie’s is packed with treats. At Christmas it is all the more magical, we chose some lovely decorations for our new tree which would arrive the following night.


It was also lovely to meet the team from The Secret herb Garden  and sample their amazing gin I have been hearing all about.  The rose one wasted just like Turkish Delight.  I really liked the lavender and echinacea one too and that takes a hot toddy to a new level.  The kids were desperate to try, thanks to the lovely team for pouring them a tonic water.  They are a sucker for little cups and luckily for me, Daddy was driving! Party on the farm.

Odeon Luxe – if you are still to see Paddington 2 I would say DO IT! Either way, the Odeon Luxe is a fantastic new cinema with thee best chairs.  Full review here. 

Edinburgh lifestyle and wellness blogger

Edinburgh lifestyle and wellness blogger

Meeting Santa at The Bridge Inn, Ratho.

The team were fantastic, the food was fantastic and the kids LOVED meeting Santa.  The setting is lovely too, right on the canal.  I am keen to go back for a pub lunch, that menu is a proper foodie fest.

All in all, a top weekend.  I hope you are enjoying December so far.  Get that sparkle on baby!



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