Experience the magic of the Edinburgh Christmas Market

Edinburgh’s Christmas Festival 2023/24

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, it’s a whole festival. There are so many things to see and do that will delight the whole family, from shopping, fairground rides, food and drink, shows and events. Here are a few of the highlights we’re looking forward to at the market this year, running from 17th November 2023 to 6th January 2024.

Festive market stalls

Visit the traditional Christmas Markets in Princes Street Gardens and 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 festive treat or two for you and the family.

A christmas stall at the Edinburgh Christmas Festival

Christmas Wheel and fairground rides

The top of East Princes Street Gardens will stand the Christmas Wheel. The huge Ferris wheel will offer spectacular views over the city from the comfort of enclosed, weather-proof pods. There will also be a selection of other rides for the thrill-seekers amongst us.

The lights and market at the Edinburgh Christmas Festival

Christmas Ice Rink

On George Street, you can take to the ice at the outdoor Christmas Ice Rink. A unique chance to swoop and glide down one of the city’s main streets! Located at the west end of George Street, between Castle Street and Charlotte Square.

Adults skating on an outdoor ice rink

Christmas shows and events

As part of Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations, there will be a whole programme of festive shows and live events. They are yet to be announced, but you can find the latest here on the Edinburgh’s Christmas what’s on calendar.

A microphone on stage with Christmas trees in the background

Visit Edinburgh this Christmastime

Edinburgh becomes a magical place over Christmas, so if you need an excuse, now is the perfect time for a festive break. So book a room at Parliament House Hotel, just a short walk from the Christmas markets and attractions, and let the festive fun begin!