December is a magical time to visit. The Cottages are decorated with wreaths and beautiful trees from the 27th of November this year. Twinkling lights adorn our huge home-grown Christmas tree in the farmyard and fires are lit with woodsmoke curling from cottage chimneys.

December Availability at Eastside

Steading Cottage (sleeps 4) available 1st - 18th & 28th - 31st December 2020

Byre Cottage (sleeps 4) available 7th - 18th December 2020

Woodshed (sleeps 2) fully booked December 2020

What's on around Edinburgh in December?

December is also wonderful time to visit Edinburgh. Brilliant Christmas shopping, markets, ice-rinks, light-shows, fireworks and magic await you! Terrific festive entertainment for all the family. December 2020 is going to be a little different, we will keep you up to date on what is reopening when in Scotland.

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2020 WHAT'S ON IN AND AROUND EDINBURGH IN COVID DAYS

To help you plan your trip we have written a couple of blog posts to let you know what has reopened in Scotland.

There are a huge number of restaurants, independent shops, attractions, galleries and sculpture parks that are now open. Much effort has been made to keep people safe.

For the best food, drink and local larders in and around Edinburgh we have listed some of our favourite Edinburgh and country based restaurants, shops and suppliers. Some are still offering takeaways to eat at home.

We have also listed some of the best independent Edinburgh shops and attractions that are slowly and safely reopening alongside hill walks, beach days and sculpture parks in the great outdoors.

Hopetoun House Christmas Shopping Fair

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Festivals & Events

The city centre comes alive with fantastic light shows, markets, ice skating and theatre but there is so much more throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. Archerfield produces a magical outdoor immersive theatre, see the Botanics as never before or explore the zoos beautiful lanterns after dark.

Edinburgh Zoo : Christmas Nights
| 20th November 2020 - 3rd January 2021

Christmas at the Botanics | 26th November 2020 - 3rd January 2021

Dalkeith Country Park's Spectacle of Light | 5th December 2020 - 3rd January 2021

Santa's Grotto at Dalkeith Country Park | 28th November - 23rd December 2020

Dalkeith Country Park festive wreath making workshops | 28th/ 29th November & 5th/ 6th/ 12th December 2020

Edinburgh Christmas | Cancelled 2020

Edinburgh's Hogmanay 20 | 31st December 2020

A Christmas Fairy trail at Archerfield | Cancelled December 2020

Archerfield Walled Garden Hogmanay Ceilidh | Cancelled December 2020

Magicfest | TBC

Jupiter artland Christmas fair, near Edinburgh

Jupiter Artland Christmas Fair

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Markets & shopping

For beautiful festive shopping within fabulous settings head to the Christmas markets. Jupiter Artland and Hopetoun come highly recommended, explore the market mulled cider in hand while the children visit Father Christmas and Rudolph!

Christmas Market : East Princes Street Gardens | Cancelled 2020

Christmas Fair at Jupiter Artland | TBC

Hopetoun House Christmas Shopping Fair | Cancelled 2020

Summerhall Christmas Market | TBC

Edinburgh Zoo : Giant Lanterns

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Food & drink

Read our 'Best lunch spots in and around Edinburgh' article for delicious festive lunch & brunch inspiration!

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Ballet, Theatre, Music & Cinema

We will gathered together the best of the Edinburghs theatre to get even the most scrooge-like in the festive spirit! From Panto to Ballet and some of the best music and carol concerts in the Capital. We will list these as schedules become available...

Narcissus Flower School Winter & Christmas workshops

Eastside Cottages in December with the snowy Pentland hill peaks beyond

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Events for children

There are some really magical events on in and around Edinburgh throughout December. Expect light shows, art tours and workshops, Christmas concerts especially for wee ones and numerous opportunities to meet Santa, Rudolph or the Secret Herb Garden's Green Man! We will list these as schedules become available...

Santa's Grotto at Dalkeith Country Park | 28th November - 23rd December 2020

Edinburgh Zoo : Christmas Nights | 20th November 2020 - 3rd January 2021

Christmas at the Botanics | 26th November 2020 - 3rd January 2021

Dalkeith Country Park's Spectacle of Light | 5th December 2020 - 3rd January 2021

Christmas Fair at Jupiter Artland | TBC

A Christmas Fairy trail at Archerfield | Cancelled December 2020

Hopetoun House Christmas Shopping Fair

Jupiter artland Christmas fair, near Edinburgh

Jupiter Artland Christmas Fair

Edinburgh Zoo : Giant Lanterns

Narcissus Flower School Winter & Christmas workshops

Eastside Cottages in December with the snowy Pentland hill peaks beyond

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