For a festive break in the UK, look no further than Scotland’s beautiful capital city. Edinburgh comes alive in the Christmas season, and the wealth of Christmas markets, decorations and crisp winter evenings will really get you in the holiday spirit. There are plenty of markets dotted throughout the city offering a mix of entertainment, shopping and good food.
The winter season in Edinburgh is a month-long celebration, beginning with switching on the Christmas lights in the last week of November. From then, the city begins its winter wonderland fun in earnest. Ice skating, fairground rides and carolling are available throughout the city along with all kinds of Christmas gifts and food, and also the tradition German Christmas market.
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For an authentic Scottish experience this Christmas, visit Castle Street in the first week of December for the Real Scottish Christmas Fair. Scottish music, food, clothes – pure tradition! Enjoy the variety of hot drinks and food stalls and soak up the atmosphere with the contemporary music and abundance of gifts on sale. Sticking with tradition, a favourite Edinburgh Christmas market is the Traditional Highland village, ideally located by the Edinburgh wheel. A variety of quirky clothing and jewellery are offered in the markets, as well as a wide range of food vendors.
Since medieval times, the German Christmas Market has been a tradition in Edinburgh. Much of the market is provided by traders in Frankfurt, and the array of German food makes this one of Scotland’s favourite Christmas market. Delicious crepes, bratwurst and potatoes are available as well a variety of German beer. As for shopping, the market offers a range of contemporary presents as well as more traditional crafts, meaning you’ll find that perfect gift for your loved one! The festive decorations and spirit means this Christmas festival is not to be missed.
Does the festive season make you think of food, food and more food? Well worth a visit is the Edinburgh Christmas Farmers’ Market for all the traditional, delicious produce you could want. Every Saturday in the run up to Christmas, you can choose from the fresh local goods direct from Scotland’s farmers. You’re welcome to browse with a hot drink and there is even a hog roast available.
Witness Scotland’s capital become a magical Christmas city with a holiday to Edinburgh this festive season. Book with easyJet holidays for flexible booking with a brand you can trust and enjoy a fantastic trip this Christmas!