Edinburgh Christmas Market - Ice Skating Rink & Dates

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

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Situated smack bang in the middle of the city in Princes Street Gardens, the Edinburgh Christmas Market will take place from November 17th to January 5th between 10am and 10pm. As you make your way through more than 100 stalls, 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.

Treat yourself to delicacies such as cupcakes, chocolate, seafood and sausages as well as hunt for presents such as woodwork, jewellery or other fineries. Stall after stall will vie for your attention. Should you get thirsty though, there’s plenty of Scottish beer and gin to go around as well.

Please note that the market closes at 8 pm on December 24th, is closed on December 25th and opens at 12pm 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 ‘Black Beauty’, a ‘vibrant re-telling’ of the famous story that runs from 29th-30th November starting at 7:00 pm at the Traverse Theatre.

There’s also 'Kinky Boots’ which includes music from the iconic Cyndi Lauper. Go and see one of the most feel good stories between December 10th and January 5th, starting at 7:30 pm at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

For children, there’s ‘Baby Loves Disco’s Christmas Cheer’ which has just finished 10 sell-out years at Edinburgh Fringe with its daytime clubbing experience. Enjoy it on December 30th & 31st.

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

Ice Events

Should you fancy a little Ice Skating in Edinburgh at Christmas this year, the elliptical ice rink will be based in St Andrew Square from 16th November and involve looping round the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge.

As you’d expect, should you get thirsty or cold, there’s a bar to quench your thirst or warm you up.

Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished skater, lots of fun is guaranteed. You can bring your own skates, or hire a pair.

Ice Skating in Edinburgh at Christmas

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 Big Wheel, Star Flyer, Candy Cane Bungees, Double Carousel, a Rollercoaster 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.

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