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With elegant decorations, extended opening hours and a festive version of its highly acclaimed afternoon tea, Colonnades in the historic Signet Library is seriously Christmassy this winter.

Celebrating its first Christmas as an afternoon tea salon, the team behind Colonnades has launched an exciting range of Christmas treats, including culinary delights and sparkling special offers, which will get even the Scrooges among us into the festive spirit.

Putting a Colonnades twist onto traditional Christmas favourites, the Festive Afternoon Tea includes mouth-watering miniatures, such as game pie, turkey club sandwiches, chocolate orange sacher torte, and cherry trifle. As always with Heritage Portfolio – the premium caterer behind Colonnades – all ingredients are locally sourced and every delicious morsel is made entirely from scratch.

Adding to the party feel, the festive food can be enjoyed with a range of seasonal drinks, including mulled wine, exclusive Christmas cocktails, Highland Christmas Chai from the Wee Tea Company – and of course, Colonnades’ favourite, Pommery Champagne. And the kids have not been forgotten in all the festivities. A ‘build your own luxury hot chocolate’ is also on offer, where chocoholics of all ages can create their very own wintery treat, with all the trimmings.

To coincide with the launch of the Virgin Money Street of Light on the Royal Mile this Christmas, Colonnades has also extended its opening hours for the season. From 30 November until Christmas Eve, Colonnades will be open Sunday – Friday, 11am to late. Visitors can warm themselves up with tea, chocolate or fizz, before stepping right into the heart of this new Christmas light and music event.

In celebration of the Street of Light, Colonnades has introduced a very special Street of Light Colonnades Afternoon Tea offering, which includes a Festive Afternoon Tea, a glass of champagne and a Street of Light ticket for only £60 for two people.

To book for a festive afternoon tea, visit: and for more information about the Signet Library as an event or wedding venue, please visit