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At Christmas, Edinburgh Sparkles….

Traditional German Christmas Market
29 Nov – 24 Dec 2012
Mound precinct

Christmas markets have been a tradition since medieval times and Edinburgh’s German Christmas Market is provided by stallholders based in Frankfurt. The popular market is back as always, selling a mix of classic and contemporary gifts as well as a range of German food and drink ideal for warming up the chilly bits. Tasty delights include hearty sausages, fried potato cakes, crepes and German beer, as well as the now famous Glühwein.

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

Traditional Highland Village
29 Nov - 06 Jan 2013

East Princes Street Gardens

From Scottish foodie treats to woolly hats and Scottish teddy bears, this market is eclectic, vibrant and fun. Scottish produce is on sale from a range of food producers and retailers including venison burgers from Well Hung and Tender, as well as candles gifts, jewellery and quirky clothes. Beneath the Edinburgh Wheel and above the ice rink, the lovely location of this market makes Christmas shopping a real pleasure.

Sun – Wed: 10am – 8pm
Thu – Sat: 10am – 10pm
Christmas Eve: 10am – 6pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 11am – 8pm
Hogmanay: 10am – 6pm
New Year’s Day: 12noon – 10pm
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How to say "Merry Christmas" in Scots Gaelic
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The Real Scottish Christmas Fair

01 Dec – 06 Dec 2012
Castle Street

Scottish traditional and contemporary music, samples, tastings, information, innovation and inspiration! Hot food and drinks available throughout and plenty of tempting Christmas shopping. For more information go to

10am – 6pm

The Ethical Christmas Fair:
08 - 16 Dec 2012
Castle Street/Princes Street

In it's 5th year, The Ethical Christmas Fair is well established as the place to be this Christmas for fair trade, ethical, environmental businesses. Last year this event had more than 30,000 visitors and exhibitors from across the globe returning each year to trade to sell and promote their beautiful products. Jewellery, crafts, home wares, foods and drinks, scarves and hats, music and much much more....

Edinburgh during Advent

Edinburgh hospitality

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 German 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.

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