Updated: Monday, December 9, 2013
All I want for Christmas is.......
Are you already in Christmas mood? Wherever you go everything is about Christmas at the moment which I do love so much... the festive season is the best time of the year - all the decorations, christmas songs and the smells of cinnamon, mulled wine and the pine tree put my heart to a warm place and forget about the cold, wintry weather outside. If you are not in a Christmas mood yet please give us an opportunity to help you to get this special feeling. Just follow these easy steps:
- Turn on some Christmas music.
Great songs such as "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby, "O Holy Night" by Josh Groban and "Believe" by Josh Groban are great examples, and they will help you lift your spirit.
- Make some Christmas cookies.
Make sugar cookies and decorate it your own way with frosting and sprinkles to bring out the Christmas fun.
Hang up Christmas ornaments.
When you focus on the ornaments and just on getting it done, it's not fun - but when you have fun, dance with the Christmas music, put a garland up, little trinkets of Santa Claus and angels. That is a great fun but do with your family
- Put up your Christmas tree.
It doesn't matter if you put it up after you read this blog or in a few days, just get it up. That way, you can decorate the tree and have fun with it, expressing your creativity and feeling like your really into the spirit.
If you are still not in the mood yet and have a better idea for you.
Come to Edinburgh and get yourself fully packed with the offers of the festive season!
Edinburgh's Christmas 2013 is set to be the biggest and most beautiful yet, featuring a packed season of attractions in breathtaking central locations, from 22 November to 5 January.
Skate alongside the Scott Monument, take a ride on the Big Wheel and get lost in the magnificent Christmas Tree Maze at East Princes Street Gardens. Sample delicious food and drink at the Scottish and European Markets, catch a show in the Paradiso Spiegeltent, and take in 360-degree views of Edinburgh from the 60-foot high Star Flyer in St Andrew Square.
Edinburgh's Christmas is presented by Underbelly and Unique Events, on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council. Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam of Underbelly said: “Christmas in Edinburgh has been seriously re-imagined as an event for families, for children, for young people and for all of Edinburgh.
A Magical Family Show for Edinburgh’s Christmas
Nonsense Room Productions, the Edinburgh-based theatre company behind the hugely popular hit stage-show, Hairy Maclary and Friends, is presenting Little Red Riding Hood, a brand new family production for Edinburgh’s Christmas from 17 December to 5 January 2014.
The show features live music, catchy songs, loveable puppets and a little sprinkling of Christmas spirit. Prepare to be immersed in the enchanted forest as you journey with Little Red Riding Hood to Granny Red's cottage, but wait... is that a wolf behind you?!
Little Red Riding Hood is the eagerly anticipated new show from Nonsense Room Productions, promising a forest full of seasonal family fun, magical characters and original music and songs. The show is an updated version of the classic fairytale and has been created especially for the Paradiso Spiegeltent venue in St Andrew’s Square in Edinburgh. Little Red Riding Hood is a fantastic festive treat for all the family at the very heart of Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations. Don’t miss Little Red Riding Hood, when she discovers that it’s not just the forest that has magical powers…
Fountain Park’s festive treat for families
Fountain Park’s Santa’s Grotto will be open on Saturday afternoons throughout December from 12-4pm. Children will be able to let Santa know their wish list and receive a small free gift with the chance to win a family hamper.
Children can also make a Christmas craft as well as get their face painted - free of charge. Whilst at Fountain Park families will be able to catch a film, tuck into a tasty pizza or try some Mexican delights or some piri-piri chicken at Nandos, then bowl over some pins at Tenpin.
Also, children will be able to release some pent up energy at Gambado whilst parents can relax with a coffee.
Carols for Christmas with the Sick Kids Friends Foundation
Celebrate the Christmas Season in the historical and beautiful surrounding’s of St Cuthbert’s Parish Church on Tuesday 10 December from 6-8pm and enjoy a fine blend of contemporary and traditional carols provided by the Edinburgh Academy Chamber Choir, the Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band and the Sick Kids Community Choir.
Seasonal workshops at Jupiter Artland’s Christmas Artsparks
Looking for something to entertain your wee ones this Christmas whilst you’re busy with the last minute shopping? Then why not book them onto one of Jupiter Artland’s Christmas Artsparks workshops?
Jupiter Artland is a 100-acre sculpture park situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh that offers a holiday programme of inspiring arts workshops in a magical outdoor environment.
Seasonal workshops on Saturday 14 and Saturday 21 December are packed with fun-filled indoor and outdoor creative arts activities, inspired by the Jupiter collection in a winter wonderland.
Each workshop explores different wintry and wonderfully festive artwork themes that can be interwoven to guarantee one or two days of outdoor fun and creative making. Workshops are suitable for ages 5-14.
Get Christmas Wrapped Up at Musselburgh
Get your Christmas wrapped up at Musselburgh Racecourse! There is something that every race goer will love over the festive season such as an annual membership starting from only £180, gift vouchers starting from £5 or a VIP experience in the Epperston Restaurant.
See in the New Year with something a little different for 2014 - wrap up on Wednesday 1 January 2014 for a great day’s racing – there will be something for the whole family.
The Brunton – The Place to Be for Festive Fun
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a trip to The Brunton’s Panto! Sleeping Beauty which will be performed from Tuesday 26 November to Saturday 4 January 2014 will feature oodles of gags, chart hits, outrageous costumes and shouting out.
Also, The Singing Kettle will be at their brilliant best for ‘Christmas Wishing Well’, a sensational new show overflowing with Christmassy fun on Saturday 21 December at 1pm and 3.30pm and on Sunday 22 December at 12 noon and 3pm.
Whilst on Tuesday 31 December The Brunton hosts Hogmanay In The Honest Toun 2013 - a day packed to the brim with puppetry, lantern making, samba dancing, panto and ceilidh swinging. It all culminates in a free firework display.
Looking ahead to March 2014 watch out for The Frog and The Princess, a blend of puppetry and music, re-telling the traditional Frog Prince tale and a silly take on Robin Hood.
Visit Santa Claus at Merryhatton Garden Centre
Santa Claus will be arriving in spectacular style at Merryhatton Garden Centre this Christmas. Pop along on Sunday 24 November at 11am to see him fly in by micro light!
Then he’ll be back on the first four weekends in December from 1-4pm when you can book to visit him in his magical grotto. Plus there will be a chance to enjoy a spot of cookie decorating and colouring with the elves.
For a Christmas experience to remember, book a place for your little one to have tea with Santa and Mrs Claus on Saturday 21 or Sunday 22 December.
With a fantastic range of Christmas trees, decorations, lighting and gifts, an award winning family-friendly café and a location at the heart of East Lothian’s many attractions, a visit to Merryhatton is an ideal part of a great Christmas day out.
Mrs Claus visits Potter Around!
On Saturday 14 December, Mrs Claus will be visiting Potter Around from 10.30am-12.30pm with some of her elves.
At this special visit children will be able to tuck into some tasty home made cookies, some warming hot chocolate with Mrs Claus and make some gorgeous Christmas tree decorations and little gifts.
However, the festive fun isn’t just for the children as there will be a Christmas decoration workshop for adults on Tuesdays 3, 10 and 17 December from 7.30-10pm. In addition, original gifts also can be made at Potter Around.
Getting a child’s hands and feet immortalised forever in clay or painted prints on mugs and plates will make treasured keep sakes.