Christmas might be more restricted this year - but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to think about what you want to do during the festive season next winter. It’s looking like we’ll have much more freedom towards the end of 2021, so why not plan a Christmas staycation to make things extra special? Edinburgh might be better known for its markets and fireworks, but Fife offers a more laid-back experience without the huge crowds. Here are just some of the great things to do during a normal Christmas season in the Kingdom.

Christmas Lights in the East Neuk and St Andrews

Christmas Lights are switched on in St Andrews at the start of November and last through to the first week of January. This adds a magical backdrop to an excellent shopping destination. With a great mix of high street stores, local boutiques and quirky antique stores you’re sure to find some unique gifts in St Andrews.

The lighting events are smaller elsewhere in the East Neuk, but in many cases can be just as magical. A favorite pastime with locals is driving around the local streets to check out the amazing light displays. Levenmouth in particular is well known for this, but the East Neuk has some hidden gems. Head down to the harbour in Anstruther to check out the twinkling lights people decorate their boats with over the festive period.

Marvel at the twinkling lights of Anstruther Harbour from the comfort of your own bedroom at our Captain's Lookout property.

Local Christmas Markets in the East Neuk

Across the water in Edinburgh you will find one of the biggest Christmas markets in the country - but it seems to get busier and busier every year. For a more understated and authentic experience, it’s well worth considering the East Neuk for your Christmas Market shopping. It’s all gone online this year, but it’s worth considering something a bit different for your market fix next winter.

Crail is known throughout the year for its creative vibes, and this is just as true of its Christmas market. The local cafés will also be there to help you warm up after checking out the different stalls. Elsewhere in the East Neuk you will find festive editions of the Makers Market at Cambo Gardens where you can pick up arts and crafts from local artisans. Bowhouse Market (between Elie and St Monans) also offers a great experience throughout the year, with their December markets adding some festive cheer to get you in the mood.

Our aptly named Stonesthrow Elie home is only a short drive from Bowhouse Market. If you're more interested in the creative vibes of Crail, check out our Original Crail Farmhouse.

Christmas in the Rest of Fife

With the rest of Fife less than an hour away by car, those arriving from elsewhere in Scotland might also consider what else there is to do in the Kingdom. Families should head to Dobbies in Dunfermline where the kids can visit Santa and pick up a small memento of their time. Newburgh is also a great family friendly destination, featuring Christmas Lights that have been designed by local school kids.

In Kirkcaldy you will find Fife Ice Arena. The Fife Flyers is the local hockey team, and a buzzing event for any sports lover. If you’d rather give skating a go yourself, you can also check out their public skating times and book through their website.

We specialise in properties in St Andrews and the East Neuk, and thankfully they're all only a short drive from everywhere else in Fife. Our East Cottage property is right in the heart of the region, and with a wood burning hot tub it is the perfect winter hideaway.

These are just some of the reasons Fife is a great destination over the festive period. It’s also packed with restaurants to suit all budgets - so you won’t have to worry about preparing the perfect Christmas feast. Whilst it is often overlooked by yuletide travellers, the Kingdom offers an understated and laid back Christmas experience. We look forward to welcoming you next year.

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