Edinburgh Christmas Market (AKA Edinburgh’s Christmas) is known as one of the top Christmas events in Scotland.
With festive decorations covering the city, an enticing array of market stalls, plus a vibrant event programme that extends throughout the season, Edinburgh is a fantastic place to spend Christmas, with a true highlight being its wonderful Christmas market.
Looking to learn more about Edinburgh Christmas Market, or perhaps need some guidance on planning your own trip there?
In this post, we’ll be covering…
- Practical Info for Edinburgh Christmas Markets
- Why Visit Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets?
- Christmas Markets in Edinburgh to Visit
We hope you find it helpful and interesting!
NOTE: This is a Christmas market we haven’t personally visited yet, so all the information below is taken from official sources for your reference! To help us improve this guide, let us know in the comments if you have any insider tips to add, and we hope to visit soon to give you a first-hand scoop of what to expect.
Practical Info for Edinburgh Christmas Markets
Here are some quick must-knows for Edinburgh Christmas Market this year:
- Dates: Some sources cite the 2021 Dates as Nov 14, 2021 to Jan 5, 2022, however these dates have not yet been posted/confirmed by the official event organizers or the Edinburgh Christmas website. According to planning documents, permits seem to have only been approved for Nov 20 to Jan 2, 2022 (George St, East Princes St Gardens) and Nov 27 – Dec 24 (High Street and Parliament Square), but we will update this page as the official dates are announced.
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Why Visit Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets?
Wondering why you should be visiting Edinburgh for Christmas markets? Here are some reasons to consider it!
You can stay for Hogmanay
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is one of the most famous festivals in Europe. It’s a four day New Year’s celebration that includes a giant street party, fireworks, processions, and concerts – an absolute bucket list event that would combine perfectly with Edinburgh Christmas Market.
Edinburgh is stunning
Besides its famous Christmas market, Edinburgh has plenty to offer visitors, from its epic castle and gorgeous Old Town to world-famous attractions like the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Camera Obscura.
If you’re looking for a cozy place to spend a few winter days, Edinburgh is well worth the visit, with or without its Christmas market.
There are plenty of other Christmas events to enjoy in Edinburgh
Besides the Edinburgh Christmas Market, there are tons of wonderful Christmassy things to do in Edinburgh that make a holiday visit well worth it.
From Christmas light shows at Edinburgh Castle to a special festive program at Edinburgh Zoo, you’ll be spoiled for choice in terms of events and activities.
Edinburgh is also home to a variety of wonderful holiday concerts and pantomimes, so there really is a bit of something for everyone!
You can see a list of festive events at Edinburgh on What’s On in Edinburgh.
Christmas Markets & Festive Areas in Edinburgh to Visit
Following a great deal of controversy around Edinburgh’s Christmas markets in 2019, it is expected that festivities this year will look quite different to years prior.
Based on initial plans presented at a meeting of the Development Management Sub-Committee of Edinburgh’s City Council in Nov 2020, here are some places you can expect to find Christmas market stalls and activities in Edinburgh this year.
NOTE: These locations are based on planning documents only, and may change. We will update this article as soon as we hear more about Edinburgh Christmas Market’s official locations.
East Princes Street Gardens
While Edinburgh’s iconic East Princes Street Gardens have traditionally been the main site of the Edinburgh Christmas Market, things are slated to look a bit different this year.
Based on these planning documents, we expect there to be a removal of the market stalls from the gardens in 2021, with only main attractions like the Big Wheel, Star Flyer, and some box offices remaining.
Connecting Edinburgh’s New and Old Town, the Mound is a steep artificial slope that houses some of the city’s most well-known buildings.
Well, this year, plans are in place for there to be just under 30 Edinburgh Christmas Market stalls here, selling all kinds of handmade gifts and delicious Christmassy treats.
George Street & Castle Street
According to planning documents, more stalls for Edinburgh Christmas Market will be located along George St, along with a large skating rink (which in previous years had its home in St Andrew Square).
Castle Street is also expected to have about a dozen or so stalls.
High Street & Parliament Square
Edinburgh’s High Street is set to host another cluster of Christmas Market stalls, along with the Edinburgh Christmas Market tree. These festivities are set to spill slightly into Parliament Square, where mostly admin stalls will be located.
We hope you enjoyed this Edinburgh Christmas Market Guide!
Let us know in the comments if you have any more questions about your trip – we’re always happy to help.