This is a very belated post from mid-December (whoops!) which somehow failed to be published because my laptop has finally died a death. Apologies for it being so late – but if you do get a chance to go see the Edinburgh Winter Wonderland in 2013, we definitely recommend it!
My wonderful and talented girlfriend has been revising hard for her exams this week – her final exam is on Wednesday and then she’ll be done with law school until the middle of January. She’s done amazingly well this trimester – she passed all of her coursework and her class tests with ease, and even got the top grade in the class for her Human Rights case-note – which is particularly impressive, as she’s talked about going into Human Rights Law after graduation. One of the benefits to Stacey having exams in December is that she’s been off work, revising – which meant that we got to head to Edinburgh’s Winter Wonderland one afternoon last week!
Edinburgh is an impressive city year-round, but there really is something incredibly special about Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations. As you walk down Princes Street with Edinburgh Castle lit up behind you, it’s impossible not to be impressed by the beautiful Christmas lights, the German Market and the tall Ferris Wheel which spins to give brilliant views across the city. More than once this month I’ve woken up to a light dusting of snow across the grass outside our flat, and it was pretty cold last week when we headed down to the Edinburgh Christmas Fair.
I’d been at work during the day last Tuesday, and Stacey came to meet me after the end of a day in the law library preparing for her exam. We decided to wander around the Fair because we didn’t know if we’d have another chance – plus, it’s just around the corner from my office!
We arrived at the Markets at decided to grab something to eat, as we’d both skipped lunch – there were so many tasty looking things there! We debated getting a German sausage roll to share, or some churros – but we eventually decided on grabbing a fresh pretzel. We had a quick look at some of the market stalls – there were Christmas decorations, sweets, kids toys and a range of other bits and pieces – but it was really busy, so we made our way through to get some mulled wine!
On the other side of the Christmas market are a few rides – from the iconic ferris wheel to the carousel swings and even a little kids rollercoaster! Stacey and I grabbed some festive flavoured wine from Edinburgh Mead – which was really good – and took some time to watch the families skittering across the ice at the ice rink.
We didn’t go on the ferris wheel (it’s fairly expensive, and it was bloody cold when we were there!) or the ice rink, but we’re hoping that we’ll get to have some skating fun when we’re down in London at the London Wonderland – but we still had a fantastic time, just wandering about, hearing about one another’s day. The Christmas Market and fair continue right through December – and there are even more amazing things which go on during New Year’s Eve / Hogmanay. If you do get the opportunity to come to Edinburgh during the festive season, I would recommend you do come to visit – and definitely head to the Winter Wonderland too!Carley