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Scotland’s Best Christmas Markets To Visit This Year

Picture of Tori Chalmers
Updated: 9 February 2017
The excitement encapsulating Scotland during the months of November through January is second to none; the land is filled with cheer, twinkling lights grace every nook and cranny, the aroma of mulled wine infuses every but and ben and the Christmas markets spring up like a universe of stars. From handmade ornaments and mince pies galore to ice rinks and ferris wheels, discover the best Christmas markets to visit in Scotland this year.

Santa Land, Edinburgh

Every year, the Princes Street Gardens undergo an impressive transformation into Santa Land, a place where the Christmas spirit is present and joy appears in abundance. From delectable eats and a fairground to multiple rides and a market overflowing with presents and toys, it is clear that the elves have been working overtime on this one. Those unafraid of the man in red can visit Santa’s Grotto, after, of course, locating the Elves Workshop nestled discreetly amidst the Christmas tree maze.

📅 Saturday, November 19th – Saturday, January 7th

Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland

Christmas Market
Christmas Market | © This Is Edinburgh/Flickr

Scottish Market, Edinburgh

The Scottish Market in St. Andrew Square is a wonderful fusion of two of the best things known to man: Scotland and Christmas! From the usual traditional craft suspects and clever contemporary gift ideas to a whole tribe of intricately carved nutcrackers and more-ish beverages, market-goers are guaranteed to be bouncing off the walls like Rudolph on Christmas morning.

📅 Saturday, November 26th – Saturday, December 24th

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Christmas Market
Edinburgh Christmas Market | © Tony Austin/Flickr

European Market, Edinburgh

Take note from our friends on the other side of the continent and see how a real winter wonderland is done. The European Christmas Market brings never-ending joy to the Mound Precinct once more with a myriad of adorable gifts, beautifully made traditional ornaments and countless festive goodies. This delightful market place is a snippet straight out of a classic Christmas story and is definitely not one to miss.

📅 Saturday, November 19th – Saturday, January 7th

East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland

European Market
European Market | © Chris Fleming/Flickr

Glasgow Christmas Market, Glasgow

During the holiday season, St. Enoch Square in good old Glasgow is undoubtedly the place to be. A great number of continental bars with enough seats for all the reindeer will spring up, so expect to feel merrier than ever with the infinite supply of continental beers and mulled wine. From crafts and gifts to festive eats, Glasgow knows how to party. Don’t miss the grand opening on Thursday, November 10th at 12 noon, complete with a continental lunch feast for all.

📅 Saturday, November 10th – Thursday December 22nd

St Enoch Square, Glasgow, Scotland

Buchanan Street Christmas Lights
Buchanan Street Christmas Lights | © Thomas Nugent/Geograph

George Square Market, Glasgow

When it comes to the holly jollies, the people of Glasgow are full of them. If the festivities at St. Enoch Square are not enough (even though we’re sure they will be), then saunter on over to the George Square Market for a second round of fun and fairy tale sights. The live entertainment is scheduled to be out of this world, while the enticing bites are set to turn even the grouchiest of grinches into an elf. Lots of laughs can be had on the fairground rides, too — who says you can’t stay on them all day?

📅 Opens Saturday, November 26th

George Square, Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow George Square Market
Glasgow George Square Market | © Michel Curi/Flickr

Winter Festival Market, Perth

During the festive months, Perth comes to life like never before. Once more, a whole host of Christmas markets adorn the place. From original artworks, photography, textiles, clothing, handmade products and jewlery at the Christmas Design and Christmas Craft Markets, to the 45+ stalls filled with seasonal produce at the Farmers Market, festive market-goers cannot help but feel in their element.

📅 Opens Saturday, November 26th

City Centre, Perth, Scotland

Aberdeen Winter Festival, Aberdeen

One moment in the Aberdeen Winter Festival will inevitably result in people merrily (and unashamedly) singing ‘it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’! The city center will transform once more into a winter wonderland with a never-ending list of fun festivities for all. The Christmas village, which is expected to be brighter and better than ever before, will make Union Terrace feel like the North Pole.

📅 Friday, November 25th – Sunday, January 8th

Union Terrace, Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen Continental Market
Aberdeen Continental Market | © Richard Slessor/Geograph

Glamis Castle Christmas Market, Angus

Kick Christmas off like royalty at a full-blown Christmas market in a castle. Elves, reindeer, nutcrackers, and festive enthusiasts alike need to mark this one in the calendar (in green, gold and red sparkly pen, of course). As tempting as mistletoe to lovers, the Glamis Castle Christmas Market will be one to remember. From immensely talented crafters showcasing their masterpieces and gastronomic delights, it is hard to know which is more magical — the castle or the market.

📅 Friday, December 9th – Sunday, December 11th

Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland

Kick Christmas off like royalty at a full-blown Christmas market in a castle
Kick Christmas off like royalty at a full-blown Christmas market in a castle | © Glamis Castle