Experience the Magic of the Edinburgh Christmas Market

Edinburgh Christmas Market 2019

The Edinburgh Christmas Market is one of the things that makes our city such a special place to be over the festive season. It’s more than your average festive market. There are so many things to see and do that will delight the whole family, from shopping, fairground rides, food and drink and plenty of free events for you to enjoy.

Here are a few of the highlights we’re looking forward to this year:

Light Night – 17th November

Fireworks in the night sky

The official opening of the Edinburgh Christmas Market on 17th November is an event not to be missed. Beginning at 3.30 pm, local choirs and youth groups will perform along The Royal Mile. Even Santa will make a flying visit! The climax of the event is a terrific fireworks display and the official lights switch-on. This free event is a delight for the whole family and an annual fixture for many people. Come along and celebrate with us (and around 20,000 others!).

The Festive Market – 16th November to 4th January

A christmas stall at the Edinburgh Christmas Festival

Visit the traditional market in East Princes Street Gardens to browse a delectable range of seasonal gifts and goodies. From homemade sausages to candy canes and hand-knitted scarves, enjoy the atmosphere and pick up a Christmas treat or two for you and the family.

Here, you’ll also find lots of rides and attractions, including the thrilling Star Flyer and the Carousel and Big Wheel.

Santa Land – 16th November to 4th January

The lights and market at the Edinburgh Christmas Festival

Just along from the festive market, Santa Land is also in East Princes Street Gardens. This is the family-friendly area, which features a Christmas Tree Maze, Santa Train and a selection of kids fairground rides.

Christmas Shows and Events – various dates

Scottish Ballet poster for The Snow Queen

As part of Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations, there is a whole programme of festive shows to enjoy. From pantomime to ballet to West End musicals, there’s something for everyone. Take a look at our pick of the best.

There are also many great free events, including 24 Days of Advent and the Nativity Carol Concert. See a list of free events here.

Visit Edinburgh this Christmastime

Edinburgh becomes a magical place over Christmas, so if you needed an excuse, now is the perfect time to come visit. Check out our Festive Special Offers and we’ll see you soon!