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Quick Guide: Christmas Plans as an International Student

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By Nancy, MSc Energy, Society and Sustainability

Hot chocolate from Christmas market

Hot chocolate from the Christmas market

Christmas is around the corner!

Some of you may be heading home and spending time with your family. But in case your home is too far away, like me, or maybe you just want to stay to experience Edinburgh’s Christmas,  you may want to read my Christmas Plans for inspiration!

1. Take part in local festive events

Coming from a place where it never snows, I’m looking forward to spending a white Christmas in Edinburgh. Even if it does not snow, I am sure that this Christmas will be the most festive you will have experienced, if you come from a place with different cultural background! So, don’t be afraid of the cold. Grab your warmest coat and take part in the local festival.  Edinburgh’s Christmas Market is open from 20 Nov 2021 to 4 Jan 2022 on Princes Street! Be sure to also visit the gorgeous Christmas Tree that is up in the courtyard of Old College.

Christmas tree in old college

Gorgeous Christmas tree in Old College courtyard

2. Prepare a dish from home

Be prepared for shop closures on Christmas Day! Most of the shops will be closed on Christmas day and may have seasonal opening hours starting from next week. Don’t be surprised if your favourite restaurant is closing to celebrate Christmas. My plan is to visit supermarkets the day before and stock the food to cook a dish from home for my homesickness.

homemade Asian dish

A Hongkong-style meal

3. Video call with friends and family

Christmas is a time for a reunion with loved ones. There’s a saying from my hometown that goes, “Families will be missed the most when it comes to festivals”. Being miles away from home, we may not be able to meet our loved ones in person, but luckily we can make video calls with the help of technology. Make a call and wish them a Merry Christmas!


I hope this quick guide does help you to enjoy Christmas far from home!!

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