The lights of Edinburgh’s Christmas Market returns

The most wonderful time of the year is finally here! A winter wonderland has arrived in Edinburgh and everybody is invited to come along.

Edinburgh’s annual Christmas market re-opened last week and has multiple festive treats lined up for its visitors, including a traditional European market and even Christmas cabaret shows.

The attractions are split across two city centre locations: East Princes Street Gardens, where visitors will have stunning views of the castle; and George Street, which will be illuminated by sensational Christmas lights.

Both markets are set to host spectacular stalls where shoppers can stock up on unique trinkets and crafts whilst enjoying a warming cup of gluhwein.

The markets are inviting family members of all ages with returning favourites, including the beautiful elliptical ice rink on St Andrew’s Square, the Big Wheel, the Star Flyer, and the Santa Train for younger visitors.

This year, the market will for the first time be hosting a fascinating ice museum filled with life-sized sculptures on show for all visitors.

The Edinburgh Christmas market is originally inspired by Germany’s tradition of hosting street markets throughout the country during the four weeks of advent. This festive celebration is said to have emerged in the late middle ages within German-speaking parts of Europe.

In the UK, we didn’t catch on to the festive fun until 1982 when the city of Lincoln established the first British Christmas market. It wasn’t until 1997 when Edinburgh joined in  the festivities with its first ever Christmas market.



Since then, the Edinburgh Christmas market has been attracting millions of visitors every year and has even been a contender for UK’s best Christmas market.

Charlie Wood of Edinburgh’s Christmas are inviting all from around the world to take part in the capital’s Christmas fun, saying: “The economic impact of Edinburgh’s Christmas on the city is growing every year and with the positive effect it has socially on the residents of Edinburgh, we are proud to be able to bring world class winter entertainment to the Scottish capital yet again.”

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