Crowned one of Europe’s best destinations, Edinburgh is an excellent city to visit. Not only is it full of life, culture, and fascinating history, it also looks bloomin’ gorgeous at Christmas time! So we’re here to spread the festive cheer of the Christmas Market along with all the juiciest details in our Edinburgh Christmas Market Guide 2023…
When is Edinburgh Christmas Market?
Commencing on the 17th November 2023 to 6th January 2024 you can enjoy a wide range of festive treats from food stalls, mulled Irn Bru, local handmade goods, vegan pigs in blankets, the famous 60m star flyer, and so much more! This free event takes place on East Princes Street Gardens (a central location of the Scottish Capital).
Edinburgh Christmas Market 2023 What’s On
The Market at Edinburgh Christmas Market 2023
The market begins with over 70 stalls at the centre of the city in East Princes Street Gardens. If you are trying to get your bearings of the location there are a few attractions nearby that you may recognise such as Edinburgh Castle, Scottish National Gallery and Camera Obscura.
Bag yourself some festive treats and handmade gifts at traditional Scottish markets on Castle Street or head over the High Street on West Parliament Square to check out the artisan markets and pop up bars.
There is also a traditional Ferris wheel alongside delicious food market stalls where you can warm up over a wild game burger and other staple seasonal foods. Fill your cup with mulled Irn-Bru or dram of whisky and cheers, to Slàinte mhath! (good health).
Edinburgh Christmas Market Fairground Rides
There is also a Christmas Tree Maze, and of course the fairground’s staple attraction, the Helter Skelter. Little ones will be eager to climb aboard the Santa Train too – it’s a one way ticket to Christmas, no return!
Edinburgh Christmas Market Santa
Santa will read you enchanting Christmas tales, along with some special guest helpers… It really is the ultimate Santa experience.
Ice Rink at Edinburgh Market
Christmas Music Edinburgh Christmas Market
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We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our Edinburgh Christmas Market Guide 2023! Whether you want to buy something from the craft fayre, listen to the community Christmas Choir, soar through the city skyline on the Big Wheel or gobble up some festive treats at the food shacks, there’s lots to explore at the Edinburgh Christmas Market.
This family friendly Christmas event is the perfect Winter treat to illuminate Christmas memories. So head to Princes Street Gardens, meet Santa Claus and embrace the festive period – all for for free!
Find even more magical Christmas family fun…
Why stop at Edinburgh? Take on all the UK’s Christmas markets with all our latest Christmas Market guides! Check out Bristol Christmas Market or the popular german market – Birmingham Christmas Market. Make sure to check out Hyde Park’s famous magical Winter Wonderland, from one capital to another.
Find other family friendly activities and attraction ideas on our hub page. Find out how to make Christmas Cakes, discover the best Grinch events near you or locate the best Santa experience in Santa’s Grottos Near Me.