What The Dickins: A Tale Of Edinburgh City

Edinburgh Christmas Markets

Edinburgh's Christmas

Edinburgh Christmas Markets 2021

Edinburgh, with its castle, cobbled streets and ancient buildings, is the perfect backdrop to Christmas. Lights twinkle everywhere and local businesses really go to town with their decorations, so the city is a pretty as a picture. Edinburgh Christmas markets are a huge draw for visitors to the city and locals too – it’s many peoples favourite time of year here. After all, who doesn’t love mulled wine, hot toddies and shopping rolled into one experience!

Dickins looks after the cosiest, special homes in the city, many of which are in great locations for the Edinburgh Christmas markets. In this guide we’ll let you know details for the best Christmas markets and where to stay nearby so you can make the very most of this spectacular time of year in the city.


Edinburgh Christmas Markets

Credit: Edinburgh’s Christmas Facebook

Edinburgh’s main Christmas market is situated in the heart of the city. It’s a beautiful position as iconic sites such as Edinburgh Castle, the Scott Monument, the Balmoral Hotel are all seen from the market. It sells mostly traditional European wares and is known as the ‘German Christmas Market’

The Balmoral Hotel brings a classic festive feel to the East end of Princes Street.

In 2021, The return of Edinburgh’s Christmas will see the market extend beyond East Princes Street Gardens where revellers can find rides, hot toddies and market stalls. They will be bringing back the ice rink for the first time since 2018 to George Street, along with the traditional stalls and children’s activities like the Christmas tree maze and Santa’s grotto in the East Princes Street Gardens.

This is a huge event, but you can expect lots of atmosphere and stalls selling everything from painted nutcrackers to Christmas decorations and gastronomic surprises. This market also features loads of attractions including the Christmas Wheel, the Star Flyer and Santa Land. So, it’s especially suitable for families with children.

When: 19 November- 2 January. 10am-10pm.
Markets open at 1pm on 19 November, close at 8pm on 24 December, are closed 25 December, open 12pm 26 December and 1 January.

Where: East Princes Street Gardens

Website: edinburghschristmas.com

Where to stay: Frederick Street is a fabulous one bedroom home where you can see Edinburgh Castle from the windows and is just around the corner from East Princes Street Gardens and the gorgeous shops on George Street. Check prices and availability to stay in Frederick Street here

South Charlotte Street is a glamorous two bedroom home with two bathrooms and a brilliant living room overlooking Charlotte Square with its pretty Christmas tree. You’re just one minute from Princes Street here and George Street is around the corner. Check prices and availability to stay in South Charlotte Street here


Credit: Hopetoun website

Situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh towards the Firth of Forth, this magnificent stately home sits in 6,500 acres of stunning countryside, with a farm producing beef, lamb and poultry that’s sold directly through its on-site shop.

Hopetoun always makes for a great day out, but especially so during its Christmas shopping fair. The term ‘winter wonderland’ is overused at Christmas, but it does apply here! With festive entertainment, over 60 stalls offering slightly more unusual gifts than the usual fare and a festive afternoon tea on offer, this market is well worth the short trip out of town.

When: 10 December – 12 December, 10am-4pm.

Where: Hopetoun house, South Queensferry

Website: https://hopetoun.co.uk/event/christmas-shopping-fair/

Where to stay: Our luxury one bedroom home on Buckingham Terrace is perfectly situated by Queensferry Road for short journey to Hopetoun House. Staying here is as much of a treat as the Christmas fairs! To check prices and availability to stay in Buckingham Terrace click here


Edinburgh Christmas Markets

Credit: Summerhall Christmas Market Facebook

Summerhall is a vibrant arts hub in Edinburgh’s Southside by The Meadows, which plays host to many interesting events, from niche film festivals to ceilidh clubs. It approaches Christmas market in a similar way lending it an alternative twist that sets it apart from standard offerings. There’s a gin distillery on site and a great bar to add to the overall excitement.

At this popular one-day event (drawing upwards of 4,000 people), you can expect the likes of vintage stalls, independent, local wares, vegan food, and festive wreath-making workshops, all sound tracked to carols sung by Summerhall’s very own community choir. A cool and quirky Christmas day out if ever there was!

When: 5th December, 11am-5pm

Where: Summerhall

Website: https://www.summerhall.co.uk/summerhall-christmas-market-2021/

Where to stay: Montpelier Park is a two bedroom home with the cosiest cabin bed in the whole of Edinburgh. It’s a short walk across the Meadows to Summerhall. Bruntsfield, the local area, is one of Edinburgh’s best. Check prices and availability to stay in Montpelier Park here.


Edinburgh Christmas markets

Credit: Jupiter Artland Facebook

Jupiter Artland is the most incredible award winning sculpture garden to the west of Edinburgh. Its 35, site-specific sculptures are a joy to behold, and its unique, creative and artistic Christmas market a joy to experience. It’s normally closed in the winter, so their Christmas fair is a unique opportunity to visit.

Expect boutique craft and artisan stalls, live music, and delicious homemade mulled wine. There’s plenty here for kids too, including Santa’s grotto, an elf workshop, a Christmas tree yard and festive donkey rides.

When: 11 December- 12 December, 11am-4pm

Where: Jupiter Artland

Website: jupiterartland.org/whats-on/christmas-fair 

Where to stay: London Street has two bedrooms and is an interior lovers dream! Everywhere you look your eyes rest on something beautiful. The main market at East Princes Street Gardens is a short walk from this stunning home too. Christmas time is the perfect moment to take a soak in their Japanese tub. Check prices and availability to stay in London Street here.

Markets and Special Events

Along with our favourite markets mentioned above, Edinburgh is certainly bringing back the Christmas cheer this year with an assortment of markets, theatre and special events for the whole family…

What? When? Where?
Edinburgh Christmas  19 November – 2 January Princes Street Gardens/City Centre
Edinburgh Castle of Light  19 November – 2 January Edinburgh Castle
Jupiter Artland Christmas Fair  11 December – 12 December Jupiter Artland
Christmas at the Botanics  25 November – 2 January Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay  29 December – 1 January Various Locations
Edinburgh Zoo’s Christmas Nights  19 November – 2 January Edinburgh Zoo
Hopetoun Christmas Shopping Fair  10 – 12 December Hopetoun House
Summerhall Christmas Market  5 December Summerhall
Support the Makers Christmas Market  5 December Bellfield Street, Portobello
Conifox’s Christmas Experience  26 November – 23 December Conifox Adventure Park

Theatre and Events

What? When? Where?
White Christmas   14 December – 2 January Edinburgh Playhouse
Edinburgh Christmas Santa Parade  4 December Saunders Street, Stockbridge
Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker  1 December – 31 December Capital Theatres
Printmaking for Christmas  2 December Lauriston Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia Christmas Gala Dinner   10 & 18 December Royal Yacht Britannia
Christmas with Il Divo  12 December Usher Hall
King’s Panto – Sleeping Beauty  27 November – 16 January King’s Theatre
The Muppet Christmas Carol Movie with Live Orchestra  2 December Usher Hall

We hope you’ve found this guide to Edinburgh Christmas markets useful. Accommodation in Edinburgh over Christmas fills up quicker than a Christmas stocking, so make sure to book your special Edinburgh home from home today. You can search our full availability here.

We love to visit The Dome with their lovely Christmas lights every year.


  • paolo pieraccini

    November 4, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Dear Louise,,I thank you for the good wishes.Unfortunately my health does not allow to travel to Edinburgh.Cristmas in Edinburgh is all magic,When I was young,I spent many Christmas day in Edinburgh,a city that I love very much.Ciao,Louise e ti auguro un felice Natale e un migliore 2020.Paolo


    • Dickins

      November 11, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      Ciao Paolo,

      I’m sorry to hear about your health. Hopefully you’ll be fit enough to come and visit Edinburgh again soon. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas when it comes. Buon natale e auguri, Louise

  • Sheila Marin

    October 11, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Very interesting and would like more info nearer the time. I would love to go to the Hopetoun House shopping Fair


    • Louise Dickins

      October 18, 2019 at 11:38 am

      Yes, so many lovely things to do in the run up to Christmas!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *