Having had an immensely busy 2013, with the opening of our new Lennox Suite and with hosting many incredible events, it seems like the year has flown by. Now already in December and approaching the festive period, we look at what makes our beautiful and vibrant capital city such a magical place to be at this time of the year.

With that in mind, our hidden gems feature tells you everything you need to plan your Christmas visit to Edinburgh. As we look to the New Year, our destination feature celebrates the 2014 Year of Homecoming Scotland, and our cover story explores the world-class educational institution that is the University of Edinburgh.

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Hans H Rissmann OBE
Responsible for EICC