DECEMBER 2013 in Edinburgh

94DR's top tips for December  2013,  Our eyes, ears and mouth guide to getting the best out of your trip to Edinburgh.

Enjoy: Edinburgh’s Christmas

Edinburgh Sparkles with six weeks of festive celebrations, featuring the very best in shopping, attractions, food, drink and events set against a backdrop of unrivalled beauty make Scotland's Capital the perfect Christmas destination.

Edinburgh’s Christmas brings some festive cheer to the city transforming Princes Street Gardens into a winter wonderland with a host of yuletide events and activities. Sip a warming Gluhwein at the German Market, skate by starlight at the magical outdoor ice-rink or enjoy unrivalled views of the city from the top of the giant wheel.

Throughout December |

Revel: Edinburgh New Years

Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations are world-famous. Join the spectacular three-day event with highlights such as an outdoor ceilidh and fantastic wonderful open air concerts.

On Hogmanay itself you can take part in Edinburgh’s famous Street Party joining around 80,000 revellers. Dance the night away beneath the beautiful backdrop of Edinburgh Castle with DJs, entertainment and live music

30 Dec - 2 Jan  |

Dine Out: Field

Another place where a chef with Michelin-star experience is out to prove that a competitively priced Scottish menu needn’t bow to cliché or blandness. In a modest, 22-cover venue near Edinburgh University, Gordon Craig cooks with feisty flavours and fine-dining-style attention to detail.

41 West Nicolson Street | 0131 667 7010 |

Enjoy: White Christmas - The Musical

This spectacular stage musical of Bing Crosby’s classic 1954 movie is brimming with classic Irving Berlin hits like Blue Skies, How Deep is the Ocean?, Happy Holidays, Sisters and, of course, the unforgettable title song White Christmas.

Fri 29 November 2013 to Sat 4 January 2014 | Edinburgh Festival Theatre |

Visit: Rosslyn Chapel

Made famous by the Dan Brown book The Da Vinci Code (and the subsequent film), Rosslyn Chapel has become a real hit with those seeking to solve it’s apparent mysteries. Whether or not you believe the stories and myths surrounding it, this 15th century chapel is worth exploring for the intricate carvings and inlays alone.

Open Daily | Rosslyn Chapel |

Enjoy: A Christmas Carol

Treat yourself to a generous helping of traditional Christmas fayre with our classic tale, beautifully adapted for stage by Neil Duffield. This much loved story perfectly captures the magic of Christmas and positively sparkles on stage with an ensemble cast playing the many memorable characters -Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Mrs Fezziwig, Tiny Tim and, of course, the old humbug himself, Ebenezer Scrooge Esquire!

28 November 2013 to 4 January 2014 | Lyceum Theatre |

Shop: Walker Salter

For the artist, artisan, and aristocrat in all of us; a heritage from the loom. Tweed and other natural fibre clothing for all occasions. Walker Slater has grown naturally from starting in the Highlands in 1989 and have harnessed its years of tailoring experience; in Edinburgh's cobbled Old Town to create rugged tweed jackets and coats, beautiful three pieces suits, and exquisitely handcrafted luggage.

Victoria Street |

View: Rodin's The Kiss

Last chances to see Auguste Rodin’s magnificent marble sculpture while its in Edinburgh on year-long loan from Tate Britain. Rodin is widely regarded as one of the greatest sculptors of the 19th century and this life-size evocation of love is amongst his most famous works. 

23rd February 2013 − 2nd February 2014 | Scottish National Gallery | 

Dine Out: Blackfriars

There’s more than a touch of art school hipness about this stripped-back bar and neighbouring restaurant where a former sous chef to Martin Wishart cooks robust, pared-down mains and cultured bar snacks including homemade pork pies and other well-sourced seasonal combinations.

57–61 Blackfriars Street | Old Town, 0131 558 8684 |

Visit:  A Dickens Christmas at Edinburgh Castle 

Edinburgh’s world famous attraction does Christmas.  Charles Dickens feels Christmas is undervalued and sets out to restore the magic.  He explores ancient traditions and revamps them for the modern age as he gathers material for his latest novel, 'A Christmas Carol'.

Edinburgh Castle | 21 - 24 Dec 2013 |

Enjoy: The Selfish Giant 

Family friendly theatre-makers in residence, Wee Stories, present a brand new production of their acclaimed adaptation of Oscar Wilde's poignant story.With dance, music, humour and a sprinkling of fairytale magic and not to mention some extreme weather.

3 to 24 December 2013 | Festival Theatre Studio |

Drink: Bon Vivant

The leading after-hours cocktail stop. Grab a table if you're arriving late enough for the restaurant section to have emptied, and make the barman get his big grinder out by ordering a mandarinha – Beija-Flor cachaça, mandarin syrup, lime juice and black pepper. Or, if it's on the specials board, try a Hennessy Smash – a cognac and strawberry drink served, incongruously, in a half-pint tankard.

55 Thistle Street | 0131-225 3275 |