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Everything You Need To Know About Christmas In Edinburgh

Christmas comes but once a year. And if there is one thing we know how to do, it is Christmas in Edinburgh. On the 18th of November, the Christmas lights go up, the festive festivities begin and the greatest Winter Festival in all of Scotland gets underway. With fabulous Christmas Markets and endless Christmas shopping, not to mention the fun-tastic rides and many merry activities, make the most of the festive season with this helpful guide to Christmas in Edinburgh.

Christmas market in Edinburgh with carouselEdinburgh Christmas Markets

Every year, East Princes Street Gardens is transformed into a myriad of crafters, artists, artisans and foodies as the European Christmas Market gets underway. From the 19th of November until the 7th of January, this enchanting Christmas marketplace with its array of bespoke and traditional Christmas wares calls Christmas travellers from far and wide to enjoy a taste of Edinburgh’s Christmas.

Not to be outdone by its European counterpart, the annual Scottish Market on West George Street is home to some of the best traditional Scottish food, drinks and crafts around. Open daily from the 26th of November until the 24th of December, this treasure-trove of all things Scottish is full of all your favourite traditional Christmas gems.

Christmas decorations on the pillars of an old Edinburgh buildingChristmas On A Budget? Free Things To Do

Once all your Christmas shopping is done (and your bank balance is less a few zeros), there are still plenty of free Christmas events in Edinburgh to enjoy. And as anyone who believes in the magic of Christmas in Edinburgh knows, as one door closes another one opens. So from the 1st until the 24th of December, peep behind 24 Doors that are usually closed throughout the city. On the 20th of November, let Christmas light the way to free things to do in Edinburgh over the festive period with Light Night on George Street. Marvel at over 60,000 beautiful bulbs of Christmas magic on this year’s Street of Light. Or join in the fun as thousands of Santas and their little helpers run for a worthy Claus at the annual Edinburgh Santa Fun Run & Walk.

Christmas markets and ice rink on east princes street gardensJolly Things To Do This Christmas

What would Christmas in Edinburgh be without 360-degree views of Edinburgh’s beautiful skyline from atop a 60-metre-high gravity defying Star Flyer? Lose yourself in the festive festivities with a Christmas Tree Maze in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. Or go ice-skating all the way round the Melville Monument in St Andrews Square. From carousels and rollercoasters, to a Big Wheel, Christmas-inspired rides and holly jolly Christmas shows, there’s no end to the magical winter wonderland that is Edinburgh during Christmas.

Finally, wrap up the perfect day out in Edinburgh this Christmas with 3 courses of Christmas goodness, including a delicious liqueur coffee for just £21.50. No matter how you spend your Christmas in Edinburgh, we guarantee it will be a holly-day you will never forget.

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