1. Edinburgh, Scotland
Best for: A festive city break
Edinburgh’s centuries-old network of spiralling hills, cobbled streets and Hogwarts-like architecture is magical at the best of times – but it’s at Christmas when it truly comes alive. Sprawling along the picturesque East and West Princes Street Gardens, the world-famous Edinburgh Christmas Market enchants visitors from mid-November until early January each year with its local crafts, warming gluhwein and joyous fairground rides, while Scotland’s most popular visitor attraction – Edinburgh Castle – is also lit up as part of the Castle of Light event. The city’s most famous Christmas light display is also over at George Street; more than a million lights also twinkle at Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens.
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