Edinburgh is a bit magical in the winter. Also, cold. But I don’t need to go there at the moment.
At the end of November, in Princes Street gardens, the Winter Wonderland opened with a ‘turning on the lights’ ceremony; the trees are lit with fairy lights, and there’s a ferris wheel and carosel and various other amusements that look pretty from a distance. (Like here, from the North Bridge).
There’s also a skating rink (where I’m planning to take the new Australian bartender, and the South African and Spanish chefs from my pub, for their first skating lessons):
Beside the Winter Wonderland are the German and Highland markets:
and beside the skating rink is a stand that sells the best hot chocolate on the planet:
(Jason, the new Aussie bartender, drinking the best hot chocolate on the planet)
Beside the skating rink is also the Speigel tent, which apparently is a kids play area that doubles as a bar.