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How to choose the best Edinburgh Christmas party venue

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Some would argue that summer never really began in Edinburgh, but one thing that we can be certain of is that winter is very much en route. But don’t let that conjure images of wet, windy weather – think instead of blue skies, frosty mornings and most importantly, Christmas parties.

The list of reasons to hold a Christmas party could stretch from Edinburgh to the North Pole – but at its core, there’s no better time to get everyone together to celebrate the year. Office Christmas parties are renowned for being one of the highlights of the year, and provide the team with memorable moments and watercooler anecdotes to last a lifetime.

But who said offices get to have all the fun? Festive parties are for everyone to enjoy, from societies to squash clubs – or why not consider organising a winter ceilidh for charity? The possibilities are endless with Edinburgh’s most spectacular spaces. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of our top picks for the festive season:

Historic Spaces

With exquisite Georgian architecture and a central location at the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, the Signet Library is an easy choice for those seeking to impress. On the hunt for something more intimate? Nestled within a quiet courtyard off the Mile, Riddle’s Court is a stunning historic venue with plenty of atmosphere.  Hopping further down the mile, the City Chambers also provides an enthralling backdrop to any event.

Take a tour

A venue with spirit, the Scotch Whisky Experience can offer unforgettable private dining, group tours of one of Edinburgh’s top tourist attractions, and a dram to top it all off. Those braving the cold at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh will be rewarded with a magical illuminated trail and a festive spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate.

Go big

Give your Christmas bash a sense of grandeur by hosting your festivities in one of Edinburgh’s magnificent Castle venues. The exclusive-use Winton Castle and Dundas Castle provide sleek and historic getaways, not far from the city centre, with event co-ordinators who are not afraid to hold back! For those seeking to see the capital’s sights while they are looking their best, don’t miss Edinburgh Castle’s offering, which includes the Castle of Light event – a stunning experience which will illuminate nine locations across the venue.

Go Underground

Hide away from the winter weather in one of Edinburgh’s subterranean spaces – The Caves and Real Mary King’s Close. While the weather outside may be chilly, these historic venues will undoubtedly light a fire under your event. Each with their own fascinating history, these venues boast plenty of character and are ideal for anyone looking to host an unforgettable event.

Go wild

Take a walk on the wild side and host your party at Edinburgh Zoo or Dynamic Earth. Amongst Edinburgh’s most unique spaces, how many people can say that they’ve attended an event with penguins or an iceberg – whichever venue chosen, it will be a roaring success.

Go unique

However your Christmas plans shape up this festive season, be sure to choose a unique venue which will act as a striking backdrop to any memorable event. To begin planning your event, browse through our member venues or filter your choices using the quick search tool. When ready, you can easily get in touch with multiple venues at once using the enquiry form.

If you think it’s too late to indulge in some festive fun with a festive party, think again. Party planners in Edinburgh are blessed with a plethora of different options and with a host of Edinburgh’s most unique venues at your fingertips, it’s never been easier to organise a winter bash to see out 2019 in style.