Edinburgh Christmas Market 2017 - Ice Skating & Events

Christmas is a magical season, Edinburgh is a magical city, put the two together and you’re in for a memorable time. Despite the freezing temperatures, locals and visitors alike enjoy everything the city has to offer, especially the various Christmas markets.

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Scottish & European Market - George Street

Rather than having a Scottish and European market on two separate occasions, the two markets will take place simultaneously between November 18 and January 6. As you make your way through more than 130 stalls, you’ll be able to treat yourself to delicacies such as cupcakes, chocolate, seafood and sausages as well as hunt for presents such as woodwork, jewellery or other fineries. Should you get thirsty, there’s plenty of Scottish beer and gin to go around.

Christmas Market – East Princes Street Gardens

Between November 18 and January 6, between the hours of 10 am and 10 pm, you’ll be able to shop to your heart’s content for unique and romantic items. Whether you’re looking for something to put under the tree for a family member or friend, or a little something to spoil yourself with, at this market you’ll find the work of local artists, gastronomical delicacies, homemade items, things for the home, and things for yourself. Stall after stall will vie for your attention. Please note that the market closes at 8 pm on December 24th, is closed on December 25th and opens at 12 on December 26th and January 1st.

Shows at Christmas

For entertainment, there are plenty of shows this year at Edinburgh to suit young and old. There’s ‘How to Disappear’, a black comedy that runs from December 6 to the 23, 2017 starting at 7:30 pm at the Traverse Theatre.

There’s also ‘Brave Macbeth’ an award-winning play that features worriers, witches, sword fights and a good dose of humour. Come see between December 18 and 23, 2017 starting at 5:00 pm at the Gilded Balloon's Basement Theatre.

For children, there’s the ever classic ‘Cinderella’ story. Children, as well as their parents, will enjoy this fresh new take on the age-old fairytale. See it between December 7th and 24th, 2017 at the Traverse Theatre.

The Edinburgh's Christmas website has the full lineup of shows.

Ice Events

At the west end of George Street, you’ll find an ice adventure. You’ll marvel at the various ice sculptures depicting Mary Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce, Dolly the Sheep, Highland cows, fairies, Vikings and of course the Loch Ness Monster! Should you get thirsty or cold, there’s a bar to quench your thirst or warm you up.

Should you fancy a little ice skating, head on over to the elliptical ice rink. Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished skater, lots of fun is guaranteed. You can bring your own skates, or hire a pair.

Rides / Attractions

If it’s excitement you seek, there are a variety of rides and attractions that will take your breath away. There’s the drop tower, a double carousel, crazy cars, flying chairs, a merry-go-round, and much more. You’ll find a list of all the attractions, the dates and prices here.

Don’t be stuck inside this Christmas. Come out and play and have a ball with the good people of Edinburgh.