If there is one thing Scotland does right, it’s Christmas Markets.
From about mid-November to the beginning of January it seems like the entire country turns into a Christmas wonderland, with beautiful decorations and tons of events that last for weeks!
I’m here to share some of the highlights I’ve experienced so far, and the must see and do Christmas activities if you’re in Edinburgh. An entire block of Princes Street Gardens is dedicated to Edinburgh’s Christmas Market, which is the main attraction! However, there are many other fun things to do and see, so don’t miss out!
Christmas at the Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanical Garden is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year, but especially at Christmas. They have unique light displays running on specific nights from the end of November to Christmas, and they are absolutely stunning! Christmas at the Botanic Gardens will make all of your Christmas light dreams come true.
Light Night this year was November 2018. It is the official lighting of the Christmas lights in Edinburgh, and is a free event! George Street is covered in Christmas lights, but the real attraction is the gigantic Christmas light display at the end of the street, which is being lit on this particular night. Live music and performers are set up on stages all down the street, with the biggest stage, featuring a giant switch, at the end. The lights get turned on at 5 o’clock, and are accompanied by a beautiful firework show! Be sure to arrive a bit early, the street gets very crowded. Definitely check this out if you’re in Scotland in mid-November!
(Fireworks on Light Night)
What Canadian doesn’t love skating at Christmas time? As part of the Edinburgh’s Christmas Market, a circular skating rink is set up in St. Andrew’s Square, and you can rent skates and enjoy some hot chocolate while having fun with your friends! One of the many fun things to do at the Christmas Market.
Christmas Market: Rides
One of the best parts of the Christmas Market is the rides! If you go online and book tickets beforehand, and you have an Edinburgh Postal Code, you get a discount! Definitely take advantage of this, as the market can get quite pricey. My favourite ride was the Ferris Wheel, the views from it were stunning! Some friends of mine went on a High Flyer, and there was a ride called the Yeti. The carousal is absolutely beautiful as well. There is also a section specifically for kids, if you happen to have some young family members visiting! As well, though not technically a ride, there is a Christmas Tree Maze that, though not very difficult, is absolutely beautiful for pictures!