On Sunday evening my fiance and I took a wander around the famous Edinburgh Christmas Market.
Honestly.. it was freezing, jam packed busy and I could barely look at any stalls for more than 5 seconds, never mind take some great photos!
As you can see in the above (terrible quality, sorry!) photo of just three stalls, there must be over 60 people in the shot at least!
The reason Edinburgh Christmas Market is so busy is because it’s one of the best Christmas markets in the world. Every year from November until January people come from all over to experience an Edinburgh Christmas.
There must be over 100 stalls all selling beautiful gifts, candles, scarves, decorations, sweet treats, alcoholic drinks and hot food. And if shopping isn’t your thing then you have a huge choice of festive family events and attractions available to you.
I never visited “the fun side” of Edinburgh Christmas. After wandering around in the cold for a few hours and being fed up with crowds we decided to leave after our shopping trip, but we may go back at a less busy time with my son so he can have some fun!
My time at Edinburgh Christmas Market
Upon arriving we were greeted with the comforting and festive smells of mulled wine, steaks, hot chocolate, flavoured coffee and gourmet burgers. After smelling this, we both agreed that we were hungry and set off to find food.
We stopped at some stalls in passing as they were just so pretty!
After lots of slow walking and dodging people, I was getting cold, hungry and miserable from being bumped into and pushed around. Every food stall we came to had a huge crowd in front of it waiting to be served.
After what seemed like half an hour to walk 15 metres through the walls of people, we found a fairly quiet little German sausage hut.
We each ordered a monster-sized Bratwurst which warmed us up (and tasted absolutely amazing!) and we were off again to continue our wander around.
We came across more beautifully dressed stalls selling delicate and precious little bits and pieces.
One of the last stalls we came to at Edinburgh Christmas Market was my favourite. It was a stall called The Fudge Company.
They had mountain upon mountain of all different flavours of fudge! Malt whisky, ferrero rocher, cookie dough, mint choc chip, coffee and cream, orange crisp and Irn Bru are to name a few!
I picked my fudge pieces and went to pay.. and of course all the power went out at the stall.. just my spooky luck!
We had to wait at the only stall in the entire market that was in complete darkness for around 5 minutes before the power got restored.
Take a peek in my sweetie bag!
Events and Attractions at Edinburgh Christmas Market
- Christmas Tree Maze
- Crazy Cars
- Drop Tower
- Balloon Ride
- Candy Cane Bungees
- Ice Skating
- Ice Wall
- Flying Chairs
- Helter Skelter
- Ice Adventure
- Ice Bar
- Star Flyer
- The Forth 1 Big Wheel
- Reindeer Ride
- Santa Train
- Santa’s Grotto
- The Yeti
What a list! (Wooow! Christmas Tree Maze and Ice Bar please!) There’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy at Edinburgh Christmas Market.
I’m not brave enough to go on rides, I will leave that to my son!
The Star Flyer is almost as tall as The Scott Monument at a huuuge 60 metres tall!
You will not catch me on that!
Another impressive ride is The Forth 1 Big Wheel.
As you can see, along with the Scott Monument, the Star Flyer and Forth 1 Big Wheel really do stand out from the city skyline.
Apart from the bitter cold and how busy Edinburgh Christmas Market was, we had a really lovely time and definitely left feeling the Christmas Spirit!
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Until next time,