Lettings of DistinctionEmbrace Christmas on your holiday in East Lothian and North Berwick Lettings of Distinction’s holiday homes are the perfect base for your Christmas adventures. Our luxury accommodation offers you the flexibility to stay in to create your own Christmas experience or provides a warm welcome after enjoying the local Christmas activities. Close your eyes and let the magic of Christmas transport you... Hear the sound of children’s laughter as they run through the twinkling fairy lights nestled in the mystical winter forests. Experience the roars of laughter as the panto's beloved dame performs her comical set, filling the air with holiday cheer. Feel the cosy embrace of mulled wine warming your heart as you stroll through the festive Christmas markets, and enjoy the spectacle of the skaters on ice in the capital. Would you like to know more? Read on… Christmas light trails in and around East Lothian and North Berwick 2023 Christmas at the Botanics Royal Botanic Garden West Gate, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ 16 November – 30 December 2023 The Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh returns with a new pathway through its iconic land, for after-dark festive fun. There are food stalls and coffee stops to keep you satiated and warmed with delicious hot chocolates and toasted marshmallows. With Instagrammable lights and a glimpse of Santa along the way, this is an experience for children and adults alike. Castle of Light, Magic and Mystery Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh 24-25 November, 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 21-23 & 27-30 December 2023, and 2-3 January 2024 Step into a world where history meets magic, with the castle walls serving as a majestic canvas for a captivating light show. Explore the enigmatic corridors and witness a truly one-of-a-kind illumination experience. Xmas pantos in Edinburgh and Musselburgh 2023 Cinderella - Festive panto fun! In not one but two locations, each with a different production team. Cinderella Loretto School Theatre, Millhill, Musselburgh, EH21 7RG 20-30 December 2023 Nothing says Christmas like a pantomime, and what better performance to warm the soul than Cinderella and her Prince Charming? With hearty laughs and sing-along songs for all the family. Cinderella Portobello Town Hall, 147-149 Portobello High Street, Portobello EH15 1AF 28 November - 30 December 2023 Stage Door Entertainment, in partnership with Portobello Town Hall, brings live performances of the enchanting fairytale for Portobello locals and visitors. The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 25 November - 31 December 2023 Adults and children alike will be mesmerised by Peter Pan’s adventure to Neverland with pantomime favourites Allan Stewart, Grant Stott and Jordan Young. --------------- North Berwick holiday homes for Christmas 2023 With good transport connections to Edinburgh and other areas of East Lothian, North Berwick is a seaside town that provides a great setting for festive fun. In the Lettings of Distinction portfolio, you will find Pointgarry and St Aidans, both boasting stunning views across the Firth of Forth and a home-from-home for the family this Christmas. --------------- Festive events around Edinburgh, East Lothian and North Berwick 2023 Edinburgh Christmas Markets Various locations around Edinburgh city centre 24 November 2023 - 3 January 2024 Get ready for a fantastic family outing this year as the beloved markets return to Edinburgh. Explore the atmosphere amongst the stalls, take in the view of the city from the big wheel, and share the joy of Santa's grotto in Princes Street Gardens. And for even more family fun, head over to George Street, where you'll find additional stalls and a sparkling ice rink. It's a magical experience for the whole family to cherish! Christmas Lunch at the Castle Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh 8-9 and 15-16 December 2023 Savour a delightful 3-course holiday lunch within the opulent Queen Anne Room at Edinburgh Castle. An unforgettable experience. Legion Scotland Christmas Carol Service Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, 17 December 2023, 4 pm Lift your spirits as the Legion Scotland Christmas Carol Service brings together a service of thanks with 9 lessons and 9 carols, supported by the band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and Opera East Lothian Choir. Bublé by Candlelight, with Josh Hindle Mansfield Traquair, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6BB 21 December 2023, 7:30 pm Bublé by Candlelight tours across the UK featuring the UK’s best Michael Bublé tribute, Josh Hindle, and his 10-piece band. Newhailes Santa Experience Newhailes House & Garden, Musselburgh, EH21 6RY 24 November, 1, 8 December 2023 Create cherished memories in the Newhailes Santa Experience, at Santa's favourite Scottish retreat. With sweet treats, festive foods and beautifully wrapped gifts for your little people. The Snowman and the Snowdog National Mining Museum Scotland, Newtongrange 17 December 2023, 12:45 Embark on a magical journey back to your childhood as the timeless classics of "The Snowman" (1982) and its delightful sequel "The Snowman and the Snowdog" (2012) take the stage on the professional cinema's grand screen. And as the curtains fall, Santa himself will make a grand appearance, with a gift for every little one. East Lothian Christmas Market Kilduff Farm, North Berwick 1 & 2 December From jewellery and clothing to local food and drink, Kilduff Farm in North Berwick offers the perfect event to get you in the Christmas spirit. Book a ticket and enjoy exploring the beautiful local produce on offer. Christmas Craft, Conversation and Shopping Evening Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick 9 November, 5:30 pm For those looking to get a head start on their Christmas gifts for 2023, this is an unmissable event. Enjoy drinks and snacks from local suppliers, create gifts from sustainable materials and learn about the fantastic work of the Scottish Seabird Centre. --------------- Romantic breaks for Christmas 2023 If you are planning a festive break with your loved one this year, consider No 70 in Haddington. This 1-bedroom holiday apartment is ideally located for enjoying the best of Edinburgh and East Lothian's Christmas events. Seaview Loft in Dunbar is another excellent option, offering wonderful sea views. ---------------

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Embrace the holiday spirit and let the good times roll!

The Dome, Edinburgh (© Visit Scotland)
The Dome, Edinburgh
© Visit Scotland

Join in the fun with Christmas family activities in and around East Lothian and North Berwick, where the magic of Christmas light trails, laughter-filled Xmas pantos, and a flurry of festive events await you in 2023!

Children by a Christmas tree (© Chris Benson on Unsplash)
Children by a Christmas tree
© Chris Benson on Unsplash

Close your eyes and let the magic of Christmas transport you...

Embrace Christmas on your holiday in East Lothian and North Berwick

Lettings of Distinction’s holiday homes are the perfect base for your Christmas adventures.

Our luxury accommodation offers you the flexibility to stay in to create your own Christmas experience or provides a warm welcome after enjoying the local Christmas activities. 

Close your eyes and let the magic of Christmas transport you...

Hear the sound of children’s laughter as they run through the twinkling fairy lights nestled in the mystical winter forests.

Experience the roars of laughter as the panto's beloved dame performs her comical set, filling the air with holiday cheer. 

Feel the cosy embrace of mulled wine warming your heart as you stroll through the festive Christmas markets, and enjoy the spectacle of the skaters on ice in the capital.

Would you like to know more? Read on…

Christmas light trails in and around East Lothian and North Berwick 2023

Christmas at the Botanics

Royal Botanic Garden West Gate, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ
16 November – 30 December 2023

The Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh returns with a new pathway through its iconic land, for after-dark festive fun.

There are food stalls and coffee stops to keep you satiated and warmed with delicious hot chocolates and toasted marshmallows.

With Instagrammable lights and a glimpse of Santa along the way, this is an experience for children and adults alike. 

Castle of Light, Magic and Mystery

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
24-25 November, 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 21-23 & 27-30 December 2023, and 2-3 January 2024

Step into a world where history meets magic, with the castle walls serving as a majestic canvas for a captivating light show.

Explore the enigmatic corridors and witness a truly one-of-a-kind illumination experience.

Xmas pantos in Edinburgh and Musselburgh 2023

Cinderella - Festive panto fun!

In not one but two locations, each with a different production team.  

Cinderella

Loretto School Theatre, Millhill, Musselburgh, EH21 7RG
20-30 December 2023

Nothing says Christmas like a pantomime, and what better performance to warm the soul than Cinderella and her Prince Charming?

With hearty laughs and sing-along songs for all the family.

Cinderella

Portobello Town Hall, 147-149 Portobello High Street, Portobello EH15 1AF
28 November - 30 December 2023

Stage Door Entertainment, in partnership with Portobello Town Hall, brings live performances of the enchanting fairytale for Portobello locals and visitors. 

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
25 November - 31 December 2023

Adults and children alike will be mesmerised by Peter Pan’s adventure to Neverland with pantomime favourites Allan Stewart, Grant Stott and Jordan Young. 

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North Berwick holiday homes for Christmas 2023

With good transport connections to Edinburgh and other areas of East Lothian, North Berwick is a seaside town that provides a great setting for festive fun.

In the Lettings of Distinction portfolio, you will find Pointgarry and St Aidans, both boasting stunning views across the Firth of Forth and a home-from-home for the family this Christmas.

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Festive events around Edinburgh, East Lothian and North Berwick 2023

Edinburgh Christmas Markets    

Various locations around Edinburgh city centre
24 November 2023 - 3 January 2024  

Get ready for a fantastic family outing this year as the beloved markets return to Edinburgh.

Explore the atmosphere amongst the stalls, take in the view of the city from the big wheel, and share the joy of Santa's grotto in Princes Street Gardens.

And for even more family fun, head over to George Street, where you'll find additional stalls and a sparkling ice rink.

It's a magical experience for the whole family to cherish!

Christmas Lunch at the Castle

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh    
8-9 and 15-16 December 2023  

Savour a delightful 3-course holiday lunch within the opulent Queen Anne Room at Edinburgh Castle.

An unforgettable experience.

Legion Scotland Christmas Carol Service

Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh,
17 December 2023, 4 pm

Lift your spirits as the Legion Scotland Christmas Carol Service brings together a service of thanks with 9 lessons and 9 carols, supported by the band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and Opera East Lothian Choir.

Bublé by Candlelight, with Josh Hindle

Mansfield Traquair, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6BB
21 December 2023, 7:30 pm

Bublé by Candlelight tours across the UK featuring the UK’s best Michael Bublé tribute, Josh Hindle, and his 10-piece band.

Newhailes Santa Experience

Newhailes House & Garden, Musselburgh, EH21 6RY
24 November, 1, 8 December 2023

Create cherished memories in the Newhailes Santa Experience, at Santa's favourite Scottish retreat. With sweet treats, festive foods and beautifully wrapped gifts for your little people. 

The Snowman and the Snowdog

National Mining Museum Scotland, Newtongrange
17 December 2023, 12:45

Embark on a magical journey back to your childhood as the timeless classics of "The Snowman" (1982) and its delightful sequel "The Snowman and the Snowdog" (2012) take the stage on the professional cinema's grand screen.

And as the curtains fall, Santa himself will make a grand appearance, with a gift for every little one.

East Lothian Christmas Market

Kilduff Farm, North Berwick

1 & 2 December

From jewellery and clothing to local food and drink, Kilduff Farm in North Berwick offers the perfect event to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Book a ticket and enjoy exploring the beautiful local produce on offer.

Christmas Craft, Conversation and Shopping Evening

Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick

9 November, 5:30 pm 

For those looking to get a head start on their Christmas gifts for 2023, this is an unmissable event.

Enjoy drinks and snacks from local suppliers, create gifts from sustainable materials and learn about the fantastic work of the Scottish Seabird Centre.

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Romantic breaks for Christmas 2023

If you are planning a festive break with your loved one this year, consider No 70 in Haddington.

This 1-bedroom holiday apartment is ideally located for enjoying the best of Edinburgh and East Lothian's Christmas events.

Seaview Loft in Dunbar is another excellent option, offering wonderful sea views.

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Edinburgh's Christmas markets (© Visit Scotland)
Edinburgh's Christmas markets
© Visit Scotland

Immerse yourself and your loved ones into the spirit of joy, love and cheer with festive events across Edinburgh and East Lothian. 

With holiday homes across East Lothian, you’ll find the perfect accommodation to kick back and relax with family and friends throughout the festive season, including at Hogmanay.

Be sure to explore our other blog posts too, showcasing the best of our region and Scotland’s capital city.

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