5 Alternative Edinburgh Christmas Markets
It’s almost December and Edinburgh is officially in Christmas mode. If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit but want to get away from the hordes and off the beaten track, there are a range of festivities taking place across the city throughout December that are sure to bring you some good cheer. We’ve put together a guide to a few of Edinburgh’s Alternative Christmas Markets to get you started.
1. The Christmas Fair at Jupiter Artland
When: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December 2018 | 11am-4pm
Where: Jupiter Artland, Bonnington House Steadings
If you’re an art fan or just looking for some unique and quirky gifts this year, you’ll be sure to enjoy Jupiter Artland’s transformation into a whimsical winter wonderland, which like the park itself is guaranteed to be full of surprises. This magical market is in its third year and sees the Jupiter Steadings turned into an inspirational space filled with artisan stalls, home-made treats, floral workshops and more. There’ll be street food, live music and for the animal lovers, Jupiter’s friendly and festive donkeys!
You can find ticket sales and more info on their website: www.jupiterartland.org
2. Summerhall Christmas Market
When: Sunday 9 December | 11am-5pm
Summerhall opens its doors each year to celebrate some of Edinburgh’s best small businesses and artisans at one of the city’s most anticipated independent markets. For one day only this multi-arts complex and events venue hosts a Christmas extravaganza, packed-full of alternative and interesting gifts. Local vendors will be serving up delicious food and drink (including vegetarian and vegan options) in the charming courtyard and warming winter meals in the on-site pub and restaurant.
At only £2 to enter and free for under 16s, this market is a great day out for the whole family. You’ll want to get there early as there will be plenty to do, including festive activities, wreath-making workshops, and live choral performances by the Summerhall Singers. For a second year running, the market is partnering with The Teapot Trust, Scotland’s children’s art therapy charity, to run porcelain painting workshops – a great activity for children and adults alike! All proceeds this year will go to supporting the charity.
Tickets are sold on the door. Visit their website for more info: www.summerhall.co.uk
3. Christmas at Dalkeith Country Park
When: Various dates throughout December
Where: Dalkeith Country Park
Christmas at Dalkeith Country Park is not just a one-day event but a month-long celebration. Just a few miles from Edinburgh’s city centre, this open-air destination feels like an escape to the country and this December their programme is full to the brim of fun activities for all ages.
From the Festive Foodie Market (open every weekend) to their wreath-making workshops for adults, Christmas crafts for kids, and Christmas Music Weekend, this one-stop shop is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. Pop in on the 13th for their late-night Shopping & Dining Evening for those last-minute gifts or take in your favourite festive film in the Winter Woodland Cinema, with showings throughout December. Their annual Santa Fun Run takes place on the 10th and this year they’ll be raising money for CHAS (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland). Don’t worry, there’s still time to book in!
You can even purchase a stunning Nordmann Fir Christmas tree from the park to help give your home the wow-factor this holiday. Trees are available for pick-up on the 1st at the Restoration Yard and while you’re there, take a look around the beautiful store, filled with rustic and elegant decorations to complement your new tree.
Visit their website for more info: www.dalkeithcountrypark.co.uk
4. 3D/2D Craft, Art & Design Christmas Fair
When: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December | 10.30am-5pm
Where: Assembly Rooms
Over 120 designers, artists, and craftworkers come together for two days at this specialist market where you can meet the makers and browse some of the finest contemporary works from across the UK. Filled with ceramics, jewellery, woodworking and more, this fair gives artists the opportunity to showcase and sell their work directly to the public. Exhibitors are carefully selected, resulting in a treasure trove of unique items you won’t find on the high street.
Tickets are sold on the door. For more info visit: www.3d2d.co.uk
5. Hopetoun Christmas Shopping Fair
When: Friday 30 Nov. – Sunday 2 Dec. | 10am – 4:30pm
Where: Hopetoun House
If you have yet to see the beautiful grounds and wonderfully preserved 17th century home at Hopetoun House, their annual Christmas fair is the perfect excuse to pop in for a visit. The elegance of this Georgian gem is sure to impress with over 60 stands offering a wide range of quality Christmas gifts; from beautifully made clothing to bath products and homewares. Enjoy the festive atmosphere with delicious food and drink, open fires and carol singers, all within the stunning surroundings of this architectural wonder just outside Edinburgh.
For ticket information visit: www.hopetoun.co.uk
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