Happy Christmas!

Edinburgh at Christmas
Edinburgh at Christmas

We’ve made a couple of trips over to Edinburgh in the last few weeks to visit art exhibitions, but alsoย taking plenty of time to appreciate the sights and sounds of Christmas: the funfair, the market, the Street of Light.

This gallery is my Christmas card to you.

The last picture has nothing to do with Christmas at all: John snapped this tour bus coming up fromย Edinburgh’s New Town on one of our summer visits. I just love the composition and don’t want to waste it, so here it is!

Edinburgh tour bus
Edinburgh tour bus

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone! May 2017 bring us all hope and joy. See you then.



63 thoughts on “Happy Christmas!

  1. joylovestravel December 23, 2016 / 11:28

    Merry Christmas to you Anabel and best wishes for 2017. I love the last picture too!!


    • Anabel Marsh December 23, 2016 / 11:37

      Thank you Joy! All the best to you and your family too. Here’s to good travelling in 2017.

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  2. hilarymb December 23, 2016 / 12:04

    Hi Anabel – have a wonderful time with family and friends … gorgeous photos and yes the bus is worth seeing ‘up and nearly over’ … cheers Hilary


    • Anabel Marsh December 23, 2016 / 12:30

      Thanks Hilary – all the very best to you too for Christmas and New Year.


  3. Dina December 23, 2016 / 13:09

    Thank you, Anabel.
    A very Happy Christmas to you and your loved ones
    and may you have the best of New Years!


  4. kethuprofumo December 23, 2016 / 14:30

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, dear Anabel!

    May 2017 bring you more inspiration and prosperity!

    Best regards,



  5. dconnollyislandgmailcom December 23, 2016 / 15:00

    Absolutely gorgeous photos, Anabel. Thank you for sharing.
    Wishing you and your family a warm, happy and healthy New Year!


  6. Pit December 23, 2016 / 15:03

    Thanks, Anabel and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, too. “May 2017 bring us all hope and joy”: I wholeheartedly agree,


    • Anabel Marsh December 23, 2016 / 15:09

      Thank you Pit, I think we need hope especially! Warmest wishes to you and Mary.

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  7. ms6282 December 23, 2016 / 17:26

    Merry Christmas from me too ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…โ˜ƒ๏ธ


  8. Ariel Hudnall December 23, 2016 / 18:20

    The Street of Light looks gorgeous. Reminds me of Luminarie in Kobe, Japan. (Not surprising since the archways were donated by Italy after the Kobe Earthquake.)

    Japan, Kobe (2013)-2.jpg

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  9. Retirementallychallenged.com December 23, 2016 / 18:28

    Have a lovely Christmas, Anabel! I love the holiday lights, but the promise of a warm summer ahead makes me happy ( so, thanks for the last picture!).


  10. dormousetidings December 23, 2016 / 19:50

    Great festive pics! Merry Christmas to you and John ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. Su Leslie December 23, 2016 / 20:01

    Fabulous! Merry Christmas Anabel. Hope you have a joyous time with family and friends.


    • Anabel Marsh December 24, 2016 / 08:34

      We spent ages waiting for it to pop out of the tunnel! The first time the picture was out of focus so we had to let it go round again. Hope you all have a great Christmas too and Choppy and Schooner are nice to each other.

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      • Sarah Ferguson and Choppy December 24, 2016 / 16:50

        There are Christmas miracles and then there are Christmas impossibilities. I’ll accept them leaving each other alone for Christmas and consider myself lucky!

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    • Anabel Marsh December 24, 2016 / 08:36

      And the same to you from a wet and stormy Scotland! I’d swap for your weather any time.

      Liked by 1 person

      • the eternal traveller December 24, 2016 / 11:40

        We could do with some rain here, but I wouldn’t like the temperature to drop with it. It’s going to be 25 degrees here tomorrow – perfect.


  12. BeckyB December 24, 2016 / 06:35

    And a very Merry Christmas to you ๐ŸŽ…


  13. AlicevstheWorld December 24, 2016 / 10:09

    Christmas in Edinburgh looks fantastic! Have a very merry christmas!


  14. Liesbet December 24, 2016 / 17:29

    Merry Christmas to you too, Anabel! Have a wonderful weekend with loved ones and good food and drink! I love the photo gallery and especially enjoyed the last photo. A good use of it! ๐Ÿ™‚ May our hopes and wishes come true in 2017!


  15. restlessjo December 24, 2016 / 18:49

    What a lovely sequence of photos, Anabel. I remember my Edinburgh Christmas with great fondness. Health and happiness always ๐Ÿ™‚


  16. philosophermouseofthehedge December 24, 2016 / 21:31

    This looks so magical!
    Wrapping up the holidays….
    Waiting for sunset on Christmas Eve is like standing toes-over-the-edge on a high diving board.
    Every year we’d cruise casually by the window to keep an eye on the sun’s progress until it was officially evening.
    Then the shout “Christmas Eve Gift!” would ring out.
    You see, the traditions says that the first person to voice that phrase on Christmas Eve to another would be graced with good fortune and joy all the next year.
    (And of course, whomever was first won. Everything was a contest…)
    It’s more difficult to be first now with caller ID.
    As all those who have become my friends in blogland are spread widely across time zones, I’d like to wish you all “Christmas Eve Gift” now.
    And as I already feel so fortunate to have such wonderful readers and writers in this neighborhood, I wish to share any phrase acquired good fortune and joy with you in thanks.
    No matter where you are or what you are guided by, hope you have a very merry Christmas and a new year full of adventure and joy.
    Peace on earth and goodwill towards all creatures great and small.


    • Anabel Marsh December 24, 2016 / 21:39

      Thank you! Lovely tradition and beautiful sentiments. I wish you all the very best for Christmas.

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  17. Susan at FindingNYC December 25, 2016 / 01:21

    These photos definitely give me the Christmas spirit – Happy Christmas to you, Anabel!


  18. ledrakenoir December 25, 2016 / 11:40

    Merry Christmas, all the best wishes for you and yours… ๐Ÿ™‚


  19. susurrus December 25, 2016 / 20:27

    See you in 2017! Edinburgh is a lovely place to be at this time of the year.


  20. Birgit December 27, 2016 / 15:56

    Love seeing these pictures for your Christmas card to all of us. It’s so pretty and a belated Merry Christmas to you! I hope your New Year brings joy, many walks and health to you both. Glad you can use my cards too:)


    • Anabel Marsh December 27, 2016 / 17:08

      Thanks Birgit – and best wishes for the new year to you and Michael too.


  21. Blue Sky Scotland December 27, 2016 / 23:21

    Edinburgh definitely seems to be the winner in the Christmas lights contest. With the wheel and the spinning chair ride it makes Glasgow’s seem tame and sedate by comparison. I was through there myself recently. Wouldn’t be surprised if Edinburgh ends up Scotland’s largest city at some future date as they really pack the new buildings in tight and high level whereas Glasgow’s new houses seem scattered and low rise these days. Best wishes for a Happy New Year.


    • Anabel Marsh December 27, 2016 / 23:39

      I confess I had a quick walk round the St Enoch’s market a few weeks ago but haven’t been near George Square. *Whispers* Edinburgh’s definitely better at Christmas.


  22. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) December 29, 2016 / 03:58

    Happy (belated) Christmas to you too! I narrowly missed seeing Edinburgh’s Christmas market a few years ago (they were setting it up when I was there, but it wasn’t open yet), so it’s nice to see it in action! The lights are very pretty too.


    • Anabel Marsh December 29, 2016 / 07:54

      I like to walk through the market and look at the lights but it’s always horrendously busy so we don’t linger too long. It’s lovely but I get claustrophobic in the crowds.


  23. rosemaylily2014 January 3, 2017 / 05:14

    A lovely set of Christmassy photos Annabel! A bit late but hope you had a wonderful Christmas and very best wishes for the New Year! ๐Ÿ™‚


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