Christmas Market in Edinburgh . Best tips for visiting.

Christmas market in Edinburgh

Christmas market in Edinburgh is different than in most European cities. Why? Because there are 3 Christmas Markets in capital of Scotland! The Scottish Market, European Market and Children’s Market. They are pretty close from each other, so it’s easy to walk between them.

The biggest (and in my opinion- the best) is European Market.


From November 18th 2014 to January 7th 2016, open everyday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


The Scottish Market at St Andrew Square
European Market & Children Market at East Princes St Garden

What to eat and drink?

1. Marzipan

It’s the best candy I’ve ever eaten at Christmas Market. It’s even better than fudges at Christmas Market in Glasgow or crepes at Christmas Market in Paris.

You can choose from many flavors- orange, pistachio, hazelnut, stracciatella etc. Unfortunately it’s pretty expensive 3.50 per 3 pcs.

2. Mulled cider

It’s different from what I have drank on other Christmas markets. The most popular alcohol at Christmas Market in Edinburgh is… mulled cider. It’s made of apple and it’s pretty good.

But I still think the best winter liquor ever is hot wine at Christmas Market in Krakow.

3. Candies

There are so many candies at Christmas Market in Edinburgh that I can’t name them all. You can even buy candy floss there!

4. Meat, hot-dogs and burgers

If you are not vegetarian, Christmas Market in Edinburgh will be a heaven for you. There so many meats to choose from! Hot dogs, burgers and even haggis (I was too afraid to taste it). Haggis is traditional Scottish meal- savory pudding containing sheep’s pluck minced with onion, oatmeal, spices encased in the animal’s stomach…

Would you try it?

What to buy?

1. Coffee

It’s something I’ve never seen before at Christmas market. In Edinburgh you can buy beans of coffee in different flavors.

You can take it home and drink delicious coffee whenever you want.

2. Bags

There is a wide selection of bags at Christmas Market in Edinburgh: leather, material and even handmade. They are unique and really beautiful. So far Edinburgh has the best bags I’ve seen at any Christmas market.

3. Lanterns and figurines

I really liked colorful, star-shaped lanterns. You can buy them just next to the entrance to Scottish National Gallery.

At Christmas Market in Edinburgh you can also find many figurines, matrioshkas etc.

What to do?

Edinburgh Chritmas Markets offer so many great things to do!

You can go ice skating, have fun on big wheel, carousel, ice wall, santa claus train, star flyer and even rollercoaster!

More info here.

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