One of the UK’s most popular Christmas markets, Edinburgh has created six spectacular weeks of festive delights this year. Christmas celebrations cover the entire city, with plenty to see and do and a warming drink or delicious food on offer as you take it all in. As Quingo Scooters heads north, we’re bringing you a festive edition of our Accessible Attractions series to celebrate Edinburgh Christmas Markets!
Set against the beautiful backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, you can take in the festivities of the Hogmanay street party or go shopping for unique gifts the whole family will enjoy. Edinburgh Christmas Markets provide the perfect festive fun – pre or post-Christmas Day – for everyone!
- 24 Days of Advent (1-24 December): Every day leading up Christmas, a real-life advent calendar will be opened. On each day, a building around Edinburgh that’s usually closed to the public will be opening its doors for you to explore. From the gin distillery to the National Museum of Scotland, there’s plenty for everyone to see and enjoy, all for free!
- Scottish Markets: Located in St Andrew Square, you can find lots of amazing craft, food and drink. All locally sourced from Scotland, the treats include locally produced sausages, Edinburgh gin, Scottish brewed craft beer and beautifully crafted jewellery and woodwork. Open every day, it’s the perfect place to pick up a few presents or treat yourself this festive season.
- Santa’s Grotto (18 November-24 December 2017): No Christmas market is complete without a Father Christmas. This chance for children to meet him is a delight for all, as you gather round to hear a festive fairytale. After meeting Father Christmas and his helpers, children will receive a small gift.
Opening times and prices
The attraction is free to enter and is open from 19 November to 7 January. East Princes Street Gardens, St. Andrew Square and George Street are open from 10am to 10pm, with various attractions open throughout the day. More information can be found here.
Located in the heart of the city, Edinburgh Christmas Markets take place across multiple city centre locations. These are East Princes Street Gardens, St Andrew Square, Festival Square and George Street. The markets are accessible through all major transport links. If you are travelling by train, Edinburgh Waverly is located a short distance away from all locations. There is blue badge parking at various locations throughout the city, as well as buses and trams throughout the city. Although in different locations, the markets are a very short distance from each other, with plenty to see on the way. More information is available here.
The pathways through Edinburgh Christmas Markets have been made as even as possible, to aid accessibility and with ramps to many stalls. Some rides are accessible, including wider pods in the Big Wheel and wheelchairs are allowed on the ice rink.
Blue badge parking is also available on Frederick Street, George Street, Hanover Street and Waterloo Place. More information can be found here.
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