Last December, I attended several Christmas markets. Frost Fair in Middlesbrough, Winter Wonderland in London, Newcastle, Liverpool but one of the best was Edinburgh. I still have yet to find a market to top Winter Wonderland as Hyde Park transforms into a little Christmas village and there’s endless things to do there but the one which I have found which is closest to it is Edinburgh Christmas market.
The Edinburgh Christmas market is located at Princes Street Gardens with the magnificent castle overlooking it and Scott Monument towering above it. The market is strategically placed between the main shopping street and the more traditional Royal Mile. Branching off from the Royal Mile, you’ll also find the Virgin Christmas Street Party which is a big light show. Getting back to the market though, it is super Christmassy with twinkly lights, music blasting, plenty of mulled wine and hot chocolate with a lot of cute little stalls.
The market stalls are very varied giving you a great assortment of Christmas ideas. A lot of markets can be quite repetitive with the same items on several stalls but the majority of stalls in Edinburgh are quite individual offering unique goods.
There also an incredible amount of food and drink stalls with a lot of options to offer you. As all good Christmas markets are, it’s German themed and with that comes plenty of pretzel, bratwurst and gluhwein stalls and when it’s on every corner, who am I to pass up a delicious mulled wine? I indulged on plenty while I was there. One of my favourite places was The Carousel which gave a unique twist to the bars of offer as your tables were horses and you got a nice little 360 degree ride whilst sipping away. It was a cute little novelty experience. My other favourite place was the Bailey’s bar where the served up an incredible Bailey’s hot chocolate in a cute little cabin which over looked the ice rink.
In addition to shopping, eating and drinking, the market also offers other options. Ice skating, rides and a journey on the big wheel giving you panoramic views of the market are just some of the things that you can do whilst you’re there.
Edinburgh is absolutely beautiful and magical at Christmas time, definitely worth a visit!!
Edinburgh market runs until January 7th at Princes Street Gardens. Entry is free.
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