It wouldn’t be Christmas without a festive market, so if you are planning to visit Edinburgh during the winter then make sure you visit the European Christmas Market. Set in the picturesque location of East Princes Street Gardens, there will be everything you could ever wish for from a European market. With your favourite Christmas songs playing over the PA, get into the festive spirit. There will be food and drink available, along with stalls selling traditional gifts, handmade items, artwork and treats from around Europe. The market has been running in Edinburgh during the winter months for the past 20 years.
The international airport of Edinburgh is half an hour away, or you can arrive by train into the city centre. The European Christmas Market is just off Princes Street, a prominent shopping location in the heart of the city, making it is easy to find. Wherever you are staying in the area, you should be able to arrive on foot, or alternatively buses are regularly available to the gardens. The market is free to attend and for all ages, opening at 10am until 10pm. Christmas Eve the Market will close early at 8pm and is closed all day Christmas Day.
If you are visiting Edinburgh during the run up to Christmas, make sure you wrap up warm. You will be able to pick up stocking fillers and bespoke gifts at the market, stock up the chocolate cupboard and biscuit tin or grab something to eat while you’re looking. The market also coincides with The Street of Light display, running from the end of November until Christmas Eve. Featuring over 60,000 light bulbs the end of George Street is lit up in all its glory, with music from local choirs and live bands adding to the festive atmosphere.
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Visiting the impressive Edinburgh Castle should be on your list, plus you won’t be far from Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat for a great view over the city. You can get to finish your Xmas shopping in Princes Street, or enjoy the other festive events such as the Scottish Market and Street of Light.
For more information on the European Christmas Market visit the Edinburgh Christmas website, where you will find opening times, more details on the market and gardens, links to social media and details on other events for the festive period.
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