General snowy view of Edinburgh Castle

Christmas at the castle

Jingle bells

This year celebrate the festive season in Edinburgh’s most iconic setting. Start your Christmas right with our delicious Christmas lunches and afternoon teas in the heart of the Castle. For an extra indulgence add a glass of Prosecco or our exclusive Edinburgh Castle gin to enjoy with your festive fare.

You can also see the Castle in whole new light throughout the festive season as Castle of Light returns with this year’s theme: Magic & Mystery. Expect wonder, mystery, and magic to light up the castle.

Visitors enjoying Christmas lunch in the Queen Anne Cafe

Christmas Lunch

Make Christmas 2023 special with a three course lunch in the opulent Queen Anne Room at Edinburgh Castle, and enjoy a dining experience fit for royalty.

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Festive themed cakes on a cake stand

Christmas Afternoon Tea

During December our Afternoon Tea Experience turns fantastically festive. Our Christmas-themed afternoon tea is the perfect way to kick-start your festive celebrations, and it makes a great gift for friends and family. Pre-booking required.

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A child walking through an brick archway towards a light display being projected onto a wall

Castle of Light: Magic and Mystery

Enjoy the Defender of the Nation illuminated in a spectacular after-dark trail. Prepare to see Edinburgh Castle transform this festive season as Castle of Light returns for a fourth fantastic year. Delve into “Magic and Mystery”.

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