Visit this year’s most magical Edinburgh Christmas markets, where you can shop ‘til you drop, gorge yourself on Yuletide treats, be entertained, and see Auld Reekie at its best. Use our guide to plan what’s sure to be some of the best moments of your Christmas in Edinburgh.
Here’s everything you need to know about the best Edinburgh Christmas markets taking place in 2023.
1. East Princes Street Gardens - Edinburgh Christmas Market
Located in Edinburgh’s historic city centre, with stunning views of iconic landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, the Scott Monument, and the city’s skyline, East Princes Street Gardens welcomes you to its traditional Christmas Market, free for all to enjoy. Around 70 stalls in the market feature some of the finest local and international artisans offering a wide array of items, from handcrafted gifts and bespoke products to delectable treats and delightful beverages.
East Princes Street Gardens is also home to the 46m tall Big Wheel, Scotland's tallest Ferris wheel, offering a unique perspective of the city. The magical Santa Train will also be travelling through an illuminated winter wonderland, with an exciting selection of rides, including a Helter Skelter and the Starflyer for those seeking thrills.
Dates: 18th of November 2023 - 6th of January 2024 (close on 25th December)
Address: Princes Street Gardens, from Waverley Bridge entrance