Christmas Markets in Scotland
In recent years continental style Christmas markets have become bit of an institution in the run up the festive period. Originally a bit of a novelty, these markets selling authentic seasonal produce and gifts from the continent have become a festive fixture. These are a few of our favourites, the best places to get you into the Christmas spirit with some mulled wine and sweet seasonal indulgences.
The Edinburgh Christmas Market will again this year be located just below The Mound. It will operate from the 17th November until the 5th January and as per previous years will feature the best of European seasonal food and drink as well as local, bespoke and hand-made gifts. There is also an ice rink, silent disco and synchronised lightshow as well as a selection of fairground rides. The Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar will also be serving a variety of cocktails and hot toddies from its location over two floors on the mound.
Glasgow will have not one but two Christmas markets this December. George Square will come alive with over 50 traders from across the globe, as well as local stalls selling artisan products and high-quality crafts. The stunning 15 metre Christmas tree is not to be missed and the vintage Helter Skelter and carousel will appeal to all ages. After all that excitement, take a well-earned rest in some of the beautifully crafted authentic German bars, serving traditional beers and Glühwein, the traditional ‘hug in a mug’. St Enoch Square will also be hosting a traditional market, come along and warm your soul with a hot toddy and choose from the extensive array of continental treats such as crepes from France, Dutch pancakes, Belgian chocolates, giant bratwurst from the iconic Schwenkgrille, Spanish paella and nougat from Italy.
Aberdeen’s Christmas Village will double in size this winter and features a Santa Express train alongside a host of new attractions. The event, which will be held on Broad Street for the second year, will extend along Upperkirkgate for the first time. A Santa Express train, slingshot bungee jump ride and Santa’s grotto are among the new attractions while old favourites like the carousel and Helter Skelter will also return. German chalets will be erected in the Marischal College quad, with stallholders selling gourmet food and drink and there will be an enlarged ice rink and Santa’s grotto where children can visit from Thursday to Sunday. There will also be free parking available in much of the centre from 5-8 Monday-Saturday for the duration of the village.
One of Scotland’s favourite Winter destinations, Perth City Centre is a popular choice for shopping, eating out and being entertained. In December the streets are transformed into a winter wonderland, offering an unforgettable day out for all the family. Browse the Alpine chalet-style stalls, relax in the heated and carpeted marquee, sample freshly-cooked artisan street foods, enjoy a glass of mulled wine or continental beer and watch the free entertainment. There will also be a Santa Run, a chocolate festival and a host of spectacular Christmas shows, pantos and concerts.
Inverness is a spectacular place to celebrate at this time of year. The Victorian Market is a brilliant spot to pick up some locally made gifts and handicrafts and there is no shortage of options for refreshments afterwards. For some family-friendly festive frolics, on the 15th of December head over to Whin Park Winter Wonderland. Meet Santa and his reindeers, take a walk among the beautifully lit trees and enjoy the thrills of the fairground rides. Panto at Eden Court is another Highland tradition that should not be missed, this year Jack and the Beanstalk gets the panto treatment with typically dastardly villains, fabulous songs, outrageous costumes and over the top slapstick fun.
LHH have properties to suit a wide range of needs all over Scotland. Call us today to check for availability over the festive period for a last-minute Christmas shopping break or a seasonal get together.