Photo Essay: Christmas Markets in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of the great cities to spend Christmas. With it’s dramatic castle backdrop and famous princes street, Edinburgh makes you feel home. Be it shopping or Christmas markets or ice skating, Edinburgh has got everything and more.
Christmas celebrations are always big in the cultural capital of Scotland. Christmas Markets are usually spread across the Princes Gardens and St.Andrew Square. There are ice skating rink, Ferris Wheel, Star Flyer and many more attractions.  For me, the best thing about Christmas Market is the diverse Gastronomy it brings in, and shopping for hand crafted items, scented candles, soaps, wooden crafts, räuchermännchen, nutcrackers, wall hangings, scarves and on and on. Can never get bored of them, can we?
Edinburgh Christmas
Last year’s Christmas Markets viewed from Edinburgh Castle
Ice Skating Rink, Edinburgh Christmas Market
Don your skate and enjoy the ice-skating just below the Big Wheel and against unparalleled backdrop and amidst buzzing Princes Street
French Crepe with Nutella
Hop over various food stalls and taste sausages, french crepe, gingerbread. Well firstly, always visit a Christmas Market with empty stomach 🙂 In picture is a French Crepe topped with Nutella. 
Laughing Buddha, and small Buddha statues
Love the intricate work that went into creating these craft work
Scented candles, Tea-light candle holders and wind-chimes
Some colorful wooden work
A visit to Christmas Market is incomplete if you don’t have your warm mug of Glühwein.  

Star Flyer (above left) is a new addition this year and it because an instant success. This is also the time various shows become available in Edinburgh. This year there’s this famous LIMBO, fire and dance performance show that happens in St.Andrew Square.  

Trinket jewellery box with mirror and glitter work
Räuchermännchen and Nutcrackers

Dried fruit decorations stall that were smelling so wonderful

The smell of roasted chestnut from a roadside vendor, grounded coffee from a nearby coffee shop, crepes, sausages, fresh flowers, scented candles and soaps and of mulled wine is a treat, and something that I look forward every year.

Have you been to any Christmas Markets? Share your thoughts. 

18 Responses

  1. What beautiful shots. This is a visual treat. Missing NYC now.

  2. It didn't work out this year but I so want to go to the Christmas Market in Edinburgh next year. Looks amazing.

  3. These are beautiful photographs 🙂

  4. That French Crepe is like our Dosa 🙂

    Destination Infinity

  5. Beautiful photos of festival celebrations

    Happy xmas and newyear


  6. Lovely pictures!
    Merry Christmas, And Happy Holidays!

  7. How I missed this beautiful photo essay! Well, I must say I really like your blog. You are highly underrated as a travel blogger! I like the way you have organised your posts. Lovely! And you click great pictures too. 🙂 I loved the Christmas markets photos!

    • Thanks for all the appreciations Renuka! Christmas is one of the best times to click great pictures (well, in our opinion)! The colors, lights, crowd, cold everything looks beautiful, and camera friendly 🙂

  8. Although Christmas is gone already, it still feels awesome to see Christmas markets being overcrowded with tourists and locals. I love exploring different Christmas markets every time I visit Europe. Local delicacies and mulled wine made my day! 😀 Lovely photos!

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