Edinburgh Christmas Markets 2018

Another week, another Christmas market! I think December has possibly been the most eventful month of the whole of 2018, I’ve been here there and everywhere.

Last weekend, myself and a few girlfriends headed to Edinburgh for a day of cocktails, festive food and the world-famous Christmas markets! They were actually voted best Christmas Market in the UK last year and it’s no surprise either! It is a truly magical experience!

East Princes Street Gardens Market hosts a variety of food and drinks stalls to warm up bellies and hearts alike. This Christmas Market offers a wide range of local and homemade gifts as well as mouth-watering delicacies, all topped with a generous helping of Christmas spirit.

I did visit last year but it was later in the season and too late to put a blog post together but this year I thought I’d put together a post on what to expect and all about my experience.

Edinburgh feels even more British than London, with its cobbled streets, magnificent stone buildings and traditional heritage. It really is such a beautiful city! With it only being an hour and a half up the road on a train we managed to get a few cheap tickets and explore.

We arrived around midday and the markets were already heaving with people, so much so there was actually a queue to get in the markets as unlike Manchester, where the markets are spread out around the city centre they’re all in one place. We decided, feeling merry after a couple of G&T’s on the train to head to the Dome in hope that we could grab a drink in there! Unfortunately, that was also too busy, it’s so important to book at the Dome!

This didn’t dampen our spirits as we just headed to the rest of the bars on St Georges Street. You can find the likes of Hard Rock Cafe and All Bar One all next to each other which is very handy. After copious amounts of cocktails later, we finally headed to the markets which were still very busy but we made it in!

I know them being very busy might put you all off, but can I just say that Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets really are the best markets I’ve been too. The stalls are so authentic, like something you’d imagine the markets to be like Germany or even in Lapland.

Each trader offers something different, with its fair of crafters, artists, gift shops and gastronomic surprises. You can’t help but browse in ore at each and every stall. The market offers a few food and drink stalls too, which were obviously my favourite bit. You can expect to pay around £4.50 for a pint or glass of prosecco which was the same price as Manchester too. I couldn’t say no to some Nutella covered churros either, they were utterly delicious and cost £5.

I had such a wonderful day in Edinburgh and at the markets. Particularly what was so good about the markets were that they were organised. The food and drink stalls were together, the traders were together and then, on the lower deck of the markets was an entire area for families and children with rides, including a train which circled the market. It feels less chaotic than Manchester, and you don’t miss a thing!

The markets are open from 10am10pm. The markets will close at 8pm on 24th December and are closed 25th December but will re-open at 12pm on 26th December and 1st January.

Make sure you try and visit to get in the festive mood!


  • Gemma December 14, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Ahh you’re making me want to go so badly! It looks and sounds absolutely lush! X

    • Alice December 17, 2018 at 10:35 am

      They’re so festive! You need to go next year x

  • Shola December 15, 2018 at 12:33 am

    This sounds amazing!!

  • Mel December 15, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    They have one of my favourite markets. We visited a few weeks ago and it was so lovely.

  • Chloe - New Girl in Toon December 16, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    I definitely want to visit the Edinburgh Christmas Markets next year, I think it’s been about 10 years since I last visited, I’m long overdue a trip! I’ve made it my goal in 2019 to get to Edinburgh twice, I want to go in the Summer to visit the Zoo and do the Edinburgh Gin tour as well as going at Christmas time.

  • pinkserenityx December 17, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    omg this looks amazing, your making me want to go so badly! x x

  • Rosie Ireland December 21, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    i absolutely love a good christmas market.. windsor has two at the moment!

  • Katrina Frances December 29, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    I need to go next year! I’ve never been to Edinburgh and it sounds perfect at Christmastime.
    The Nutella churros look delicious! x

    • Alice January 8, 2019 at 9:49 am

      They were absolutely scrumptious! x

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