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At Christmas, Edinburgh Sparkles.

European Christmas Market
17 Nov - 7 Jan 2018

For the past 20 years in the heart of Edinburgh, the popular Christmas Market has been held in its picturesque setting below the Mound. The Christmas Market will, for a second year this year, stretch from the Mound, along East Princes Street Gardens Terrace and around the Scott Monument.

The traditional and romantic Christmas Market in the heart of the City of Edinburgh offers a unique shopping experience for every visitor with its fair of crafters, artists, gift shops and gastronomic surprises. Get into the Christmas spirit!

Sun - Wed: 10am - 8pm
Thu - Sat: 10am - 10pm
Christmas Eve: 10am - 6pm

The Scottish Market
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Our Scottish Market in St Andrew Square is a winter showcase of some of the best craft, food and drink that Scotland has to offer. The treats available will include locally produced sausages, fresh seafood, unique chocolate, delightful cupcakes, Gin, Scottish brewed craft beer, Scottish crafted jewellery and woodwork, the best Scottish accessorise on offer and much, much more.

Children's Market
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Situated in Santa Land, you’ll find the magical Children’s Market playing host to a selection of festive, child-friendly festive experiences. With Face painting, Christmas Crafts and fun festive children’s shopping opportunities - the Children’s Market is the perfect shopping destination for gifts and festive treats.
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How to say "Merry Christmas" in Scots Gaelic
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Santa Train

Board the train at Santa’s train station, and then it’s all aboard for an exciting ride round the Santa Land. Look up to the Castle, the tree on the Mound, the Big Wheel, the huts and the Ice Rink on the Terrace, and wave to the crowds as Santa sounds the bell.

Tickets are date-specific but there are no set time slots - admission is on a first come, first served basis. Please allow extra time if you plan to visit during busy periods.

Edinburgh during Advent

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Inspiring Winter Festival Skyline, image Courtesy of Edinburgh Inspiring Capital
Ice rink in East Princes Street Gardens

The ice rink in Princes Street Gardens is probably the most picturesque skating venue in the world. To the West, above the hot food stands, there's the National Gallery of Scotland, the Mound precinct with the illuminated market and of course, the striking Edinburgh Castle perched proudly atop the Castle Rock.

The East side of the ice rink is flanked by the colourful fairground for younger children -- it has a family rollercoaster going through the core of the Big Apple, carousel rides and spinning wheels. Decorated trees on the south side hang above the skating rink and reflect in the ice to give Edinburgh that extra sparkle.

All children between 4 and 15 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

St Andrew Square Ice Rink

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