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Unique Christmas Party Venues in Edinburgh

It may still seem a while away but that Christmas party sneaks up very quickly. Those in the know will already be sussing out their top choice for this year’s office Christmas party. Luckily, Unique Venues of Edinburgh are on hand spoiling you for choice.

Whether planning a city centre celebration or a festive fiesta further afield, you needn’t worry about finding the venue this Christmas with Unique Venues of Edinburgh. We’ve got it all here.

Something Moody

There’s something very Nightmare Before Christmas about the Gothicism of the Mansfield Traquair, making it an amazing choice for a Christmas party. Its atmospheric neo-Romanesque architecture and interior murals give it a distinct character to get your guests in the mood for the festive season. Often referred to as ‘Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel’ it’s a venue that’s limited only by your imagination. Splendid stone adds to its charming historic feel with state-of-the-art equipment and capabilities including suspending lighting rigs from the ceiling or wall projections. 

Just up the road lies The Merchants’ Hall, one of Edinburgh’s secret treasures with the very best of art and architecture in one historic building. It caters for small gatherings up to larger party sizes, for corporate events held surrounded by heritage and prestige. With beautiful views combined with over 5000 years of sculpture and painting, it’s a venue with a rich past, a stake in history and a lot to offer as a Christmas party venue.

Nothing screams sultry Christmas parties quite like The Assembly Rooms, a venue famed for its historic Georgian architecture. Impressive chandeliers hang from the ceilings, lighting up all the building’s period features and setting the scene for a very festive celebration. It’s a large multi-purpose venue that can cater for intimate private dinners or large lavish parties alike.

Conjure a magical festive feeling at The Hub, a Grade A listed building which fuses traditional Victorian architecture with the contemporary. It’s a dramatic venue housing several event spaces from the gracious Dunard Library to the modern Café Hub and even the Glass Room. Ceilidhs, dinners and sparkling receptions can all be held in this quirky venue that marries drama and modernity. It caters for up to 400 in a stylish setting at the top of Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile.

Something Out There

Nothing says Christmas quite like a magical Scottish castle. And there are plenty to choose from around Edinburgh. If getting off the beaten track is your idea of a perfect party, then Gilmerton House is the ideal choice. It’s a Grade A listed Georgian mansion in some of Scotland’s most beautiful countryside. There are luxury rooms and suites for overnight stays while the function rooms range to include The Music Room, Piano Room, Dining Room and Drawing Room. It’s just a short drive from the city, letting your guests escape to a Winter Wonderland to really get in the mood for the festive season.

If getting out and about appeals, Dundas Castle is available for private use just 8 miles from the city centre. It’s a venue with all the prestige of a Scottish castle and all the welcome of a privately owned estate. There’s a selection of different function rooms from the inspiring 15th century Aul Keep for private banquets set amidst the backdrop of history, to larger reception rooms, catering for up to 200 guests.

If a grand Scottish castle sounds like your idea of an unforgettable Christmas party, then the magnificent Winton Castle or the breath-taking Hopetoun House boast a range of Christmas party offerings, in stately surroundings.

The Arty

Perhaps your company is connected with the arts, or maybe your guests are a particularly creative crowd. Or, possibly you fancy a Christmas party in some of Edinburgh’s most magnificent galleries simply for the uniqueness of the space. You’ve come to the right place. Party on surrounded by some of Scotland’s most famous collections of art at the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Works by Picasso, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Warhol to name a few, look on as you and your guests celebrate at a totally unique Christmas party. Each building is bursting with character and can be booked for private Christmas dinners, exclusive viewings and glamorous drinks parties.

 Down the road from the Scottish galleries, lies Dovecot Studios, just five minutes from the Royal Mile and Waverley train station. It’s a contemporary arts space with exhibition galleries and event spaces, all of which can be transformed into an arty winter wonderland this Christmas, catering for up to 300 people.

The Whisky Lovers

Slàinte mhath! Christmas isn’t complete without a wee dram. It’s simply a must, and where better than The Scotch Whisky Experience to sample some of the finest, and rarest, tastes of Scotland’s national drink. The award-winning in-house team deliver divine catering to match your whisky, across five impressive events spaces over three floors. For private Christmas lunches, the Castlehill room with stained-glass window and whisky-inspired installations is perfect. For smaller festive get-togethers, the Blender’s Room transports you to a re-imagined sample room, complete with Edinburgh views. There’s no shortage of whisky at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society either – the world’s foremost malt whisky club. There’s a collection of whiskies from 132 distilleries, which can be savoured in a range of private dining rooms to bigger function suites for up to 50 guests. Venues featured include 28 Queen Street and The Vaults; both atmospheric and quirky venues for hire.

The Conversation Starters

For a Christmas party venue with a story to tell, look no further than the likes of the Royal College of Physicians, parts of which date back to the 1770s. Edinburgh Zoo and Musselburgh Racecourse are other unique haunts which cater for Christmas parties. It might surprise you to know that the Royal Botanic Gardens can hold large-scale Christmas parties, making the most of its stunning surroundings all year round. Meanwhile, over at The National Museum of Scotland you can wow your guests with the breath-taking displays while warming up over a mulled wine. For a Christmas party activity with a twist, visit Christmas past at The Real Mary King’s Close for extended festive tours.  There’ll be no need for ice breakers in these quite incredible venues.

The Large Scale

Scale new heights this Christmas at The Edinburgh International Climbing Area in Ratho. It’s a totally unique venue with an impressive capacity of up to 1,800, for those really big corporate Christmas parties. Its on-site activities include rock climbing, bouldering, abseiling and even, the Aerial Assault Course – a toe-curling 100 feet above the floor, for the real adventurers. With smaller rooms and suites as well as big views of the arena and/or nearby countryside, it’s a truly versatile venue.

Dynamic Earth offers Christmas party guests the chance to warm up on a mulled wine surrounded by some of the most impressive surroundings that the city has to offer. Immersive exhibits and quirky, colourful function spaces make for a Christmas party like no other.

The Unforgettable

The leading landmark of the Edinburgh skyline – Edinburgh Castle – on the Castle Rock is available for hire for an exclusive Christmas party. There’s a number of function rooms for every mood and occasion, from day-time Christmas lunches in the 19th century Gatehouse Suite with a private terrace or The Jacobite Room to transport your guests to 18th century elegance. You can even hire the Edinburgh Castle in its entirety for you and up to 800 guests. Take in the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Great Hall and the Royal Apartments and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas party.

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