The Best Places to Wrap up your Edinburgh Christmas Shopping

Christmas Shopping in Edinburgh

Now that November has arrived, it’s time to get your skates on with your Christmas shopping in Edinburgh. From Christmas markets to designer boutiques, you’ll find something special for all your loved ones in the Scottish capital.

Charming Royal Mile

The Royal Mile in Edinburgh

Start your shopping on the historic Royal Mile and soak up the festive Old Town festive atmosphere. Here, you’ll find charming shops including the Nutcracker Christmas Shop with wooden carved nativity figures, Christmas stockings and festive fragrances. Then, at the nearby Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, there are Scottish tartan Christmas tree decorations decorated with beads and silks. Perfect for a gift, or adding a Scottish festive touch to your own tree! While you’re on the Royal Mile, pick up an authentic Scottish tartan scarf or bottle of whisky for loved ones. Then, stop off at one of the cafés for a much-needed warm hot chocolate or coffee and sweet treat.

Fairy Tale Christmas Markets

A christmas stall at the Edinburgh Christmas Festival

Christmas shopping in Edinburgh isn’t complete without visiting the traditional Christmas markets in Edinburgh. Here, you’ll find festive fragrances and sights, delicious food and unique gifts. Open daily until 5th January 2019, you can browse wooden cabins decorated with twinkling lights. You’ll find plenty of handcrafted gifts, toys, or delicious festive delicacies including warm mulled wine. Not forgetting all of the colourful fairground attractions and ice-skating rinks in the city centre.

Department Stores and Boutiques

A girl in a looking at clothes shop in an indoor shopping centre

If you’re on the lookout for gadgets or stylish clothing, the department stores and boutiques in Edinburgh have a fantastic selection. You’ll find leading stores like Debenhams, House of Fraser, the Apple Store, Marks and Spencer on Princes Street. Here, you can buy perfume, jewellery, high-tech gifts and high street clothing brands. For luxury designer gifts, Multrees Walk has upscale brands including Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Jojo Maman Bebe, and Scotland’s only Harvey Nichols.

Late Night Shopping in Edinburgh

Shopper looking at a Christmas tree in a shop window

You can enjoy your Christmas shopping in Edinburgh with ease, as the Christmas markets are open until 8 pm or 10 pm. Many shops have extended opening hours until 8 pm or later, giving you more time to shop for the perfect gifts. It’s a fantastic time to soak up the festive spirit. Walk along cobbled streets lit with sparkling Edinburgh Christmas lights and pick up a tasty treat from a street food vendor. Then, when the shopping is done, stop at a stylish bar or cosy pub for a well-deserved drink.

Make a Weekend of It

Double Room at Parliament House Hotel in Edinburgh

For some stunningly stylish retail therapy, hit the shop floor running with a Christmas Shopping Break from Parliament House Hotel. Cram all your Christmas shopping in Edinburgh into a two-night shopping break. From the 1st to 20th December 2018, you can enjoy a two-night stay in one of our double or twin sharing rooms, bubble Afternoon Tea at Eteaket and a full Scottish breakfast on each morning to help you work up a Christmas shopping appetite.