There is so much to do in the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh at any time of the year. From the 20th November Princes Street, the Gardens and St. Andrews Square in Edinburgh are transformed into a magical, festive fairground for all ages.
Christmas has arrived in Edinburgh with the Ice Rink, Helter Skelter, Big Wheel, Double Carousel, Star Flyer, Christmas Tree Maze, North pole Slide, European Christmas Market, Childrens Market and the Scottish Market.
24 Doors of Advent is a real life advent calendar which lets you open a door a day throughout December. Each day from the 1st December to the 24th December a building around Edinburgh that's usually closed to the public, will open its door.
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These can all be enjoyed while doing the serious stuff of Shopping. There are lots of Christmas Markets- The European Market, The Scottish Market, and The Children's Market.
George Street is great for shopping, and cafes and restaurants. Victoria Street and the Grassmarket have lots of quirky shops with great ideas for presents. There are also lots of cafes and restaurants on Victoria Street too.
The West End of Princes Street has some great shops including Studio-One at 10 Stafford Street. The Peacock Alley in the Waldorf Astoria at the west end of Princes Street is a good place to stop for a coffee and catch your breath.
Towards the east there is Stockbridge which has something of a village atmosphere but just a 10 minute walk from the centre of Edinburgh. Lots of antique shops, charity shops for bargain hunters, delis, tea houses, small restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Edinburgh Farmers Market is on Castle Terrace every Saturday from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm. Amazing locally produced food. You can find venison, water buffalo, organic beef, chicken, lamb and pork. There is also fish, free range eggs including duck eggs, cheeses, seasonal fruit and vegetables, honey, chillies and plants. Organic beer, liquers, chocolates and chutney. There is also hot food incuding Oink's famous hog roast.
If you are looking for true Christmas Shops then there is the Nutracker Shop on the High Street and Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe at 145 Caonongate.
Getting to Edinburgh from Airhouses is easy. Take your car to Sherrif Hall Park and Ride, or a train from Stow, Esbank or Gorebridge, or a bus from the centre of Oxton. There is also the option of a taxi to the train so no need to take a car at all.
In the Borders then take a look at the different Market Towns such as Kelso, Melrose, Selkirk, and Peebles for a variety of fascincating shops. The Flat Cat Gallery in Lauder and MainStreet Trading in St. Boswells are great for quirky presents as well as Coffee and Cake!
Bowhill Christmas Fair on the 5th December 2015 in Bowhill Courtyard.
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