Edinburgh's Christmas

Make sure your Christmas is a real cracker - celebrate it in Edinburgh.

Botanics Christmas Lights 2020

2022 dates and programme TBC. 

Events for all the Family

Magic Festival Performance With Girl Watching

While a lot of the traditional family favourites were postponed in 2020, there was still a wide variety of activities available to keep all the family happy, even the big kids! Whether it was a pantomime or a festive film in the car, an after-dark trail light with a warming hot chocolate, or a private Zoom session from the man himself, there was certainly plenty to ensure the whole family had a merry little Christmas!


Edinburgh’s Markets

Whether you're looking for a gift for a loved one, a decorative ornament for your home, or a foodie treat for yourself, you're bound to find something special in one of Edinburgh's many markets. Showcasing the best in local produce, crafts and gifts, not only will you find an array of unique products, you’ll also be supporting local businesses. Have a look at our top recommendations: 

Castle Street Christmas Market

Castle Street Christmas Market Localmotive Markets

Image by LocalMotive Markets

Looking up to Edinburgh Castle, Castle Street Christmas Market enjoys stunning views of Edinburgh’s skyline. Stalls are filled with an abundance of quality gifts and delicious food choices – ideal for those last-minute Christmas presents.

Ocean Terminal Christmas Market

This festive market is filled with local and Scottish gifts, food, and drinks – from delicious range of bread, cakes, fudge, honey, jams and chutneys, to live art, calligraphy, quality handmade jewellery, woodworks, glass, homeware, soaps and candles, and much-much more.

Edinburgh Farmers' Market

Fresh, seasonal produce awaits you at this all year-round market, open from 9am-2pm each Saturday in the shadow of the castle ramparts in Castle Terrace. Delicious smells and flavours will thrill your tastebuds as stall holders tempt you with their wares.  Juicy jams, chutneys, chillies and cheese along with crusty bread, handmade chocolates, organic beer and meats and seasonal fruit and vegetables ensure you leave the market with a bag full of goodies.

Stockbridge Market

Open every Sunday all year round 10am to 4pm, artisan breads, cheese, smoked salmon and even handmade dog treats sit alongside handmade soaps, jewellery and carefully created crafts.

Grassmarket Market

Open each Saturday from 10am – 5pm. Popular with residents, this market bustles with as shoppers sample home grown produce including seasonal fruit and vegetables, freshly baked breads, sweet treats and handcrafted gifts from local craftmakers.

Leith Market

Taking place every Saturday from 10am to 4pm on Dock Place, Leith Market is full of foodie delights and unique items from local makers and designers. On the first Saturday of the month Leith Market is home to a Vegan Quarter where, alongside their usual line-up of traders, the Market is filled with delicious variety of Vegan treats from cupcakes to Vegan Meat.

Leith Market Bread 500X210 Credit At The Market

Image by At the Market

The Joy of Giving

The saying goes, it’s better to give than receive, but what do you give that person that is tricky to buy for (every family has one!). 

Cuckoos Bakery Christmas Cup Cakes

If you’re struggling with ideas, check out our gift voucher guide, which has everything from dining out suggestions to ghost tours. With many of us unsure when we will be able to travel, vouchers allow you to take advantage of the gift at a time to suit you, as well as supporting local businesses – a real win, win situation!

Delight them with a Gift Voucher this Christmas>