When is the Edinburgh Christmas Market opening?

It is the annual event in Edinburgh that sees people travelling from far and wide to wander around the chalets, pick up a Christmas gift and sample some of the local produce the market has to offer. As well as the goodies on offer, there will be choirs, carol singers, musicians and theatre students as well as the market stalls.

The Edinburgh’s Christmas market attracts thousands of visitors each year, the market will see 200 wooden chalets selling an assortment of gifts and produce in Princes Street Gardens.

Dates and opening times

The Edinburgh’s Christmas market kicks off on Friday, November 17 and will run until from Sunday, 7 January 2019.

Monday to Wednesday the market will be open from 10 am to 10 pm
Thursday to Saturday 10 am to 9:30 pm and on Sundays, you can make a visit from 10 am to 10 pm.

What sort of things is on offer at the market?

Local artwork, handmade Christmas decorations, bespoke jewellery, homewares, festive food and drink, toys, accessories and gifts for pets.There are also a number of new stalls at Edinburgh’s Christmas Market for this year, selling all sorts of items including charcuterie meats, aromatherapy products and fine stationery.

What about food?

There will be plenty of street food and artisan markets. Located in the West Princes Street Garden, locals compare the venue to a cosy snow lodge.

What else is going on?

For the duration of the market, there will be plenty of family-focused entertainment, the festival is a fantastic Christmas celebration and great fun for the whole family!

How to get there

Edinburgh Waverley station is located just a short walk from the market and from Edinburgh city centres other shops and attractions. There are also options to get there by coach, bus, car or using the city’s park and ride scheme.

For more information check the Christmas market website.

Where to stay?

If you’re travelling from further afield, Edinburgh’s boasts a host of hotels, B&Bs and guest houses so you’re sure to find the perfect place to suit your needs. From the five star Balmoral Hotel to the another centrally located Premier Inn or Apex Hotels, there is something for everyone.

Due to the popularity of the winter festivals in Edinburgh accommodation is generally in high demand around this time of year, so it’s best to book well in advance or come for a midweek stay when hotels are less busy.