The Ultimate Christmas Day Out at Fort Kinnaird

Looking for things to do in Edinburgh this Christmas?

Fort Kinnaird is your go-to for magical, fun and original days out with friends, family and loved ones over Christmas making memories that will last. Thanks to a host of festive food and drink, places to celebrate and a charity pop-up, it’s the place to find your Christmas spirit. 

With over 70 stores, cafes and restaurants plus The Odeon at Fort Kinnaird, free parking, excellent public transport and weekday festive opening hours until 10pm on weekdays from 28th November to 23rd December, plan your special Christmas days out at Fort Kinnaird. 


Festive Dining Out

festive pigs in blankets
Festive food at Fridays

Tis the season to be merry. Celebrate with friends and family at one of Fort Kinnaird’s festive cafes and restaurants this Christmas with some special seasonal menus. 

Fridays are serving up everything from Have Yourself A Merry Cheesy Nachos to Be Good For Goodness Steak with seasonal cocktails; Frankie & Benny’s are including Porchetta Croquettes, a Glad Tidings Baked Pasta and a Choux Bun Tower while wagamama, Bread Meets Bread and Pizza Express have menus specially designed to add some Christmas sparkle to work parties and special days out with loved ones. Just add crackers and hats… 


Catch the latest Christmas film release at the cinema 

the ODEON at fort kinnaird

With everything from this year’s biggest films (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is out 11th November; Avatar: The Way Of Water is out 16th December and Puss In Boots: The Last Wish is out 21st December) to festive classics and live performances of theatre and dance, find out what’s on at The Odeon at Fort Kinnaird


Do your Christmas shopping while you’re here

pandora christmas charms
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Don’t stress about Christmas shopping and missed deliveries thanks to Fort Kinnaird’s huge variety of welcoming stores. For jewellery, watches and keepsakes, head to the newly opened Pandora or Goldsmiths; find sneakers, party dresses, winter knitwear and inspired gifts for teens at Next, JD Sports, TK Maxx and Primark or head to Boots for festive beauty and grooming gift sets. (Or simply buy online and collect direct from our stores.)

For all your Christmas food and drink, find delicious ideas and party food at Marks & Spencer with seasonal specials including layered Christmas turkey pie, the Collection Christmas Village dessert and mini steamed buns. They also have a huge selection of condiments, antipasti and cheese, chips and dips, chocolate and biscuit boxes. Finish off with stocking filler caramel penguins and mince pie drinking chocolate from Hotel Chocolat

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Plan their dream Christmas presents together

Help them find inspiration for their Santa wishlists with enchanting visits to some of Fort Kinnaird’s toy stores: we’ve got Smyths Toys, Claire’s, Argos, Waterstones and Mamas & Papas. For family pets, don’t miss the fun Pets At Home for beds, toys and novelties; it’s Christmas morning all wrapped up. 

Shop local and join in a free Christmas jumper swap

The Leith Collective is the place to uncover presents that’ll wow with handmade and thoughtful gifts from 130 makers from across Scotland. Plastic-free, they aim to re-use, recycle, re-claim and re-sell items that would otherwise be headed to landfill and the results are amazing: organic T-shirts which donate to local marine charity conservation, sustainable soaps, seasonal decorations, art, stationery and more.

Not only that – this year you can pop in and pick up a Christmas jumper for free which would otherwise end up in landfill (or even drop one off that you don’t wear anymore). It’s your Christmas party look sorted and good for the planet too…


Spread goodwill and cheer

A hand donating to a card machine

This year at Fort Kinnaird, discover a very special charity called The Thistle Foundation, a health and wellbeing charity that supports people living with long-term conditions across Scotland to live the life they want. You can contactlessly donate to them at The Giving Box and make someone’s festive season. 

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