Christmas Markets in Scotland

07 December 2017

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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 that sell 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 18th November until the 6th January and as per previous years will feature the best of European seasonal food and drink as well as handicrafts. Next door to the market will be Santa’s Grotto and a fairground, so there is entertainment for all the family. This year there is also an additional market on George Street that will feature a journey through frozen Scotland with a unique selection of ice sculptures and Edinburgh’s only ice bar. Perfect for that hot toddy.


Glasgow Christmas Market returns to St Enoch Square on Friday 9th November where a festive village of over 50 wooden chalets will serve up traditional continental Christmas fayre alongside local food and crafts. Warm your soul with a little Glühwein, the traditional ‘hug in a mug’ and choose from the extensive array of continental treats such as crepes from France, Dutch pancakes, Belgian chocolates, an exotic selection of ostrich, wild boar and crocodile burgers, giant bratwurst from the iconic Schwenkgrille, Spanish paella and nougat from Italy. In addition to this there will also be another market at George Square offering delicious delights and hand crafted gifts beneath the twinkling Christmas lights alongside live entertainment, festive surprises and a traditional carousel.

The Aberdeen Christmas Village will take over Broad Street up until Friday 31st December. It will have an open air ice rink, festive fairground rides and a host of traditional snacks and refreshments. Children will love the addition of a Helter Skelter this year along with some old favourites like a traditional carousel, while the adults can release their inner child and test their nerve on The Blizzard thrill ride. Created by a local chainsaw wood carver twelve unique and striking totem pole sculptures will be located across the city centre.  The carvings depict the popular carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas and tracking them all down is sure to be a popular challenge for all ages.


In December the streets of Perth 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 and a Christmas Lantern Parade and the good news is that as part of the festival parking will be free on December weekends in all council owned car parks.

Glamis Castle is one of a number of smaller markets to be taking place around the countryside. The courtyard behind the castle will be the venue for a truly spectacular and magical collection of the finest local delicatessens and craft stalls. In addition Santa’s grotto will be open on the 8-10th December and there is even a drive in cinema showing festive favourites. The Castle is also giving you the opportunity to experience a Victorian Christmas like no other. Let a guide take you round the castle and explore one of Charles Dickens’ most beloved stories, ‘A Christmas Carol’. Watch scenes from the novel come to life in the historical grandeur of the Castle before finishing your experience with some traditional Christmas treats in the magnificent Victorian dining room.

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 seasonal get together.