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Where to Host a Christmas Party in Edinburgh

28 Sep 2022 by Liz Tod

*Blog updated 05/12/2022*

Read time: 5 mins.

Got to find somewhere for your Christmas party? Need ideas and recommendations? We’re here to help!

Edinburgh at Christmas and Hogmanay is a magical place. From November until early January there’s so much going on….. Christmas markets, outdoor ice rinks, winter festivals, fireworks, and a huge variety of cafes, bars and restaurants, all with a beautiful historical backdrop. It’s buzzing!

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Edinburgh has Christmas spirit aplenty during the festive season and it’s not short of spots to host your Christmas party. Photo by Ross Sneddon on Unsplash.


Whether it’s a private party, a shared party or a festive bar you’re after, check out our top 10 places in Edinburgh to celebrate!

But first…3 interesting facts about Edinburgh you might not know:

  • Edinburgh Castle was built on an extinct volcano
  • It has 112 parks
  • It has more listed buildings than anywhere else in the world


Here are our top Christmas party venues in Edinburgh:


1. Hector’s Edinburgh

Just 10 minutes north of the city centre in Stocksbridge, this is a lively popular pub with a great atmosphere and offering fine home-cooked food.

Choose from:

  • A festive feast £32.95pp for 3 courses.
  • Standard buffet £18.95pp.
  • Premium buffet £23.95pp.
  • Veggie Buffet £18.95pp.
  • Snacks and drinks (contact for details).


2. DoubleTree Hilton Edinburgh

Located in the heart of the city, with views from its Skybar across to Edinburgh Castle, this promises a memorable Christmas celebration.

There are several options:

  • Shared party nights throughout December on Fridays and Saturdays. A lively evening!

    • Bubbly on arrival, a festive menu and a DJ £40pp.

  • Private hire of the Skybar with its magnificent views. Can be hired from 12-4.30pm or 6.30pm to midnight.

    • 3 course menu £45pp (minimum numbers apply).

    • Tailored to your needs.

  • Monboddo Restaurant and Bar, within the hotel, for a more relaxed gathering with fantastic cocktails and a delicious Scottish themed plates menu.

    And of course, you can always stay overnight!


3. Last Drop

In Edinburgh’s historic Grassmarket, a picturesque and lively area of Edinburgh, this pub promises a warm welcome and a very festive time.

Choose from:

  • A Christmas Party 3 course menu.

  • Gold Buffet £21.95pp

  • Silver Buffet £16.50pp

  • Veggie Buffet £16.50pp

    Buffets require a minimum of 10 guests.

  • Drinks packages are also on offer.

The Last Drop is situated in one of the oldest and most vibrant parts of the city. Photo by Catchpenny via Flickr.


4. Le Monde

On iconic George St, this boutique hotel, bar and restaurant will tailor events to your needs.

It offers festive dining or festive buffets and has entertainment packages available.  

Choose from:

  • 3 course festive meal Sunday to Wednesday £32pp, Thursday to Saturday £36pp.
  • A private party – up to 50 guests per room.
  • Or the larger room ‘Dirty Martini’ can cater for up to 250 guests.
  • The Shanghai Nightclub’s Festive Party promises a fun night of drinks, dining, karaoke, quiz and a DJ on Friday and Saturdays £29pp.
  • Something a little different - a cocktail making workshop for up to 20 guests £32pp.

There are 18 individually designed bedrooms at a discounted rate if wanting to stay over.

Contact the hotel for details on all of these.


5. Revolution 

A friendly, lively bar situated in the Old Town, it offers a variety of festive entertainment.

Set over two floors and with three bars it offers:

  • 2/3 course dining.
  • Festive bottomless brunches.
  • Christmas buffets.
  • Table packages and drinks packages.
  • Rooms for hire – includes dance floors and private bars.
  • Area hire – for a smaller party up to 30 people.

Contact the venue for details.


6. The Glasshouse Hotel

With a central location and views across Carlton Hill and of Edinburgh Castle, this luxury boutique hotel, which was once a church, has plenty to offer at Christmas.

They offer:

  • A festive party in the Carlton Suite which has access to the rooftop garden.
    • Prices from £75pp and includes sparkling wine on arrival, 3 course dinner, coffee and mince pies and a DJ.
  • 6 function spaces for private and corporate events.

Contact the hotel for details.

With views across to the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, The Glasshouse Hotel is a lovely spot for your organisation or group’s Christmas party. Photo by Ross Findlay on Unsplash.


7. Eskmills

Located just outside Edinburgh by the banks of the River Esk this is a former rope mill dating back to the 1800’s. This venue promises a lively party atmosphere at Christmas with a Winter Wonderland theme.

Throughout December on Friday and Saturday nights:

  • Christmas Party Nights - £55pp which includes a Christmas drink on arrival, a festive 3 course meal and there's live entertainment!
  • Tailor-made parties to your requirements.

​​​​Contact the venue for details.


8. Bramble 

If it’s just a drinks gathering you’re after, this is a popular cocktail bar situated in a cellar on Queen Street.

It offers wonderfully made, good quality cocktails and is open from 4pm until late Wednesday until Sunday.


9. The Jazz Bar

For a memorable gathering, this bar showcases world-class live music of all genres.

With its great atmosphere, this is a brilliant place to get together at Christmas time and in fact they don’t close until 5am during this period!

Situated in the Old Town.

Edinburgh’s old town is home to many traditional pubs and eateries ideal for your Christmas gathering. Photo by cattan2011 via Flickr.


10. The Brass Monkey

Situated in the iconic Old Town this is a much-loved pub which has a lovely, warm atmosphere. It offers a range of boutique beers.

Ideal for a laid-back gathering at Christmas time.


So, these are our top 10 places for partying at Christmas in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh pubs, restaurants, hotels, bars and an event venue…. the choice is yours.


If you decide on one of these, let us know how it goes!

And if you can recommend any others we’d also like to hear!


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