Edinburgh Christmas Markets 2021
November 09, 2021 11:28am
Christmas markets are a huge draw during festive trips, and Edinburgh is a city with a really lovely selection of them. The daddy of them all is the huge East Princes Street Gardens market (which is just a 10-minute walk from our gorgeous Staycity Aparthotel in West End), but there are several smaller ones too, that are no less charming.
Some are a little out of town, but the majority are centrally located in this wonderfully compact city, and you can easily get between them by foot, fueled, if you wish, by the many stalls purveying all manner of delicious festive treats. When we say “festive treats”, what we really mean is ALL the mulled wine, hot toddies and mince pies.
East Princes Street Gardens
This is Edinburgh’s main Christmas market. Situated in the heart of the city, iconic sites such as Edinburgh Castle, the Scott Monument, the Balmoral Hotel and Calton Hill lend it a dramatic backdrop. While most of this market takes place in East Princes Street Gardens, in recent years it has spread on to George Street too where you’ll also find the festive ice-rink. The former largely sells traditional European wares and is known as the ‘German Christmas Market’, while the latter features Scottish products and is known as the ‘Scottish Christmas Market’.
This is a big event, and gets bigger every year — so expect crowds! But also expect lots of atmosphere and stalls selling everything from painted nutcrackers to Glayva — a gorgeously smooth and sweet local whiskey flavoured with spices, tangerines, and honey. This market also features loads of attractions including the Christmas Wheel, the Star Flyer and Santa Land — so it’s especially suitable for families with children.
When: 20th November – 2th January from 10am-10pm. Closed on December 25th.
Where: East Princes Street Gardens
Hopetoun House Christmas Shopping Fair
Situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, this magnificent stately home sits on 6,500 acres of stunning natural beauty, with a farm producing beef, lamb and poultry that’s sold directly through its on-site shop.
With a set-up like this, Hopetoun always makes for a stunning day out. But especially so during its Christmas Shopping Fair. The term ‘winter wonderland’ is thrown about a lot at Christmas, but it really applies here. With festive entertainment and over 60 stalls offering slightly more unusual gifts than the usual fare, this market is well worth the short trip out of town.
When: 10th – 12th December, 10am-4pm.
Where: Hopetoun house, South Queensferry
Website: Christmas Shopping Fair – Hopetoun
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As the nights are getting darker and the days colder it can only mean one thing… Christmas is coming!? What better way to kick off the festive season than a trip to our annual Christmas Shopping Fair, the perfect place to start your Christmas Shopping ? The Fair will run from Friday 30th November – Sunday 2nd December, we hope to see you there! For more information, check out our website below: www.hopetoun.co.uk
Summerhall Christmas Market
Summerhall is a vibrant cultural quarter in central Edinburgh that plays host to all manner of interesting events, from niche film festivals to ceilidh clubs. And its approach to its Christmas market is just as interesting, lending it an alternative twist that sets it apart from standard offerings.
At this popular one-day event (it draws upwards of 4,000 people), you can expect the likes of vintage stalls, independent, local wares, vegan food, and festive wreath-making workshops, all sound tracked to carols sung by Summerhall’s very own community choir. A cool and quirky Christmas day out if ever there was!
When: 5th December, 11am-5pm
Jupiter Artland’s Christmas Fair
Jupiter Artland is a contemporary sculpture garden just outside Edinburgh, set over 100 acres of meadow and woodland and featuring five indoor gallery spaces. Its 35, site-specific sculptures are a joy to behold, and its unique, creative and artistic Christmas market a joy to experience.
Expect boutique craft and artisan stalls, live music, and delicious homemade mulled wine. There’s plenty here for kids too, including Santa’s grotto, an elf workshop, a Christmas tree yard and festive donkey rides.
When: 11th- 12th December, 11am-4pm
Where: Jupiter Artland
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Early Bird tickets to our Christmas Fair go on sale exclusively for Friends of Jupiter Artland this Thursday, ahead of general release on Monday 5 November. Become a Friend from just £25, and secure your Santa’s Grotto slot and a free mulled wine or hot chocolate on arrival at our Winter Wonderland. More info via link in bio. ☝️☝️ #jupiterartland #sculpturepark #christmas #christmasfair #charity #santa #edinburgh #edinburghfamilies #festive #winter #mulledwine
Farmer’s Markets with a Festive Twist
Edinburgh is home to many great farmer’s markets every weekend. There’s At The Market’s ones at Stockbridge, Grassmarket and Leith, and the Edinburgh Farmer’s Market on Castle Terrace.
Lively and popular among locals and tourists alike, these occur every weekend throughout the year, selling all the usual famer’s market fare of fresh, local produce and delicious hot food. In the run-up to Christmas, many stalls take a more festive feel, with special seasonal treats, hampers and gifts. Top tip: Attend hungry!
At The Market
When: Every Sunday, 1pm-5pm
Where: Leith, Grassmarket and Stockbridge
Edinburgh Farmer’s Market
When: Every Saturday, 9am-2pm
Where: Castle Terrace
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And on Saturday's we recommend the @edfarmersmarket to try some local veggies, meat, cheese and other goodies. Today it was a bit smaller than usual but the snow made it even prettier. ? . . . #edinburghfarmersmarket #farmersmarket #buylocal #offthebeatenpath #edinburghcastle #edinburgholdtown #snowday #scottishcastle #visitedinburgh #thisisedinburgh
Festive accommodation in Edinburgh fills up faster than the Christmas markets! So don’t miss out — book your stay with us today! But be sure to join our new Stay Sweet loyalty club first to enjoy 10% off all rates as well as a range of exclusive member benefits you won’t get anywhere else! Merry Christmas y’all!