A Student’s Guide to the Christmas Markets in Edinburgh!
If you’ve never been before the Christmas markets can be an overwhelming festive experience, so knowing what to expect makes it easier to get the best out of your visit.
To start with, there are three sections to the markets and these all run from 20th November – 4th January;
- the children’s market,
- the European market
- and the Scottish market.
The first two are held around the Scott monument and extend right through East Princes Street Gardens, every stall is layered in Christmas lights and decorations, so there’s really no missing it!
In years gone past there have been some amazing stalls on the European market and most of my personal favourites are the food stalls. They have bratwurst, handmade gingerbread, chocolates, a giant pick and mix stall as well as mulled cider and Pimms – the best thing to warm you up! Lots of these stalls sell gift boxes of these treats which make the perfect Christmas gift. Once you’ve filled up, there is plenty more to see and do, from clothing and gift stalls to the Ferris wheel and ice skating, just make sure to book in advance to ensure you’ll be able to skate, it gets seriously busy!
If you miss out on ice skating in Princes Street then head on up to St Andrew’s square where there is another rink and lots more stalls selling produce from all over Scotland. Here they sell handmade jewellery and clothing as well as more amazing food. You’ll see all the usual suspects here; haggis in many forms, shortbread & whiskey, as well as fresh seafood, cupcakes and handcrafted beer.
You’ll want to buy and try everything once you get to the markets and they are the best way to get yourself into the festive spirit!
Check out the website for more information on what else there is to see and do during the festive season in Edinburgh!