Last year’s Christmas markets were record-breaking. ‘Edinburgh’s Christmas’ recorded 2.6 million visitors throughout the East Princes Street Gardens and St Andrew Square festival. This number is unsurprising, as wrapped in scarves and hats, the entirety of Edinburgh seemed to be indulging in the magical winter spirit. Mulled wine and cider here, crêpes and waffles there. Not to forget the crafters, artisans, and gift shops all over the European Market selling everything from scented candles to furry hats, marzipan to XXL Brezels. The joy of Christmas spirit was unanimous and ubiquitous, as the northern skies grew darker and the days became colder.
‘Edinburgh’s Christmas’ will start again this week and will be featuring the much-loved markets, rides, and ice rink as well as the grand Edinburgh Aye and 60 meter Star Flyer. What we will see this year is a new Scottish Market in St Andrew Square showcasing some of the best national winter treats. There will be meat and seafood, sweets and chocolate, craft beer and malt whisky, jewellery and woodwork from all over the country.
An exciting addition is the Spiegeltent, which you may already know from the Fringe. On offer is a combination of theatre, comedy, and music. An example, between 10th and 17th December, the Spiegeltent will be running the Fringe hit ‘Hot Dub Time Machine’.
You should also get very excited about the brand new St Andrew Square ice rink, which circles around Melville Monument. This rink is open till 21:15 every night and will be lit up, so ideal for an evening trip to the Chritsmas markets.
There’s certainly a lot to look into at ‘Edinburgh’s Christmas’ and a lot to look forward to this Christmas.