Edinburgh is the place to be at Christmastime, with the West End of Edinburgh transformed by a fairground, a host of colourful lights and the fabled European Christmas market with dozens of stalls selling traditional trinkets and crafts as well as delicious Teutonic treats (and, of course, glühwein).
Enjoy panoramic views of the capital from the top of the Big Wheel, spin around on the charming carousel in East Princes Street Gardens or brave a twirl on the 60-metre-high Star Flyer.
Younger kids will love Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens, a festive fairground with six fun rides and a children's market full of gifts and toys. Try to find the Elves' Workshop hidden in the Christmas Tree Maze, or visit Santa's Grotto to meet the man himself!
Enjoy the annual Light Night on 18 November and explore 24 Doors of Advent, both free events. Shows this year include Black Beauty, Kinky Boots, Love Actually Live on Screen and Wendy and Peter Pan.