Looking for the Best Christmas Market in Europe? Look No Further Than Edinburgh!
During my first December in Edinburgh, a local friend invited me to “sain” the house and join the torchlit procession for an unforgettable Hogmanay experience. I realised then this was no ordinary Christmas market town.
In this post, we’ll dive into the history, sights, tastes and traditions that make Edinburgh’s Christmas festivals so extraordinarily Scottish. From centuries-old legends to modern-day magic, you’ll soon discover why this market is a must-visit.
Origins of Edinburgh’s Historic Christmas Festivals
Edinburgh’s festive winter season has ancient roots extending back before Christmas was even celebrated here. Ancient Celtic winter solstice traditions morphed into Viking Yule festivals, which were later adapted into Christmas as we know it, and Hogmanay more recently.
The first official Edinburgh Christmas market arrived in 2000 but this was just the modern revival of ancient traditions…
Unique Scottish Sights, Sounds and Experiences
As you weave through the bustling stalls, you can see Edinburgh Castle nearby and hear local bands giving spirited performances on the outdoor stage. On any given night you may be treated to the sounds of Celtic folk, bagpipes, fiddle players and choirs – all in keeping with Edinburgh’s musical roots…
Dig into Centuries-Old Scottish Holiday Foods
While you’ll find Christmas market favourites like bratwurst and mulled wine, be sure to try some of Scotland’s trademark holiday foods and drinks:
- Black bun – a rich fruit cake made with whiskey.
- Hot toddy – whiskey, honey, spices. The perfect way to warm up!
- Atholl brose – A blend of whiskey, honey, cream.
The history of these Scottish treats date back generations…
Hogmanay: Edinburgh’s Famous New Year’s Celebration
Edinburgh hosts one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in the world for Hogmanay. The torchlit procession, bonfires, live music and fireworks create an energy you just have to experience yourself.
While Hogmanay celebrations take place across all of Scotland, the size and history make Edinburgh’s exceptionally special. Traditions that harken back to the winter solstice…
Home for the Holidays
From the centuries-old setting to modern festivities, Edinburgh’s Christmas market and Hogmanay celebrations offer an unforgettable immersion into Scottish festive magic. At the end of a busy day experiencing the Christmas market delights, rest your head in your very own Serviced Apartments in Edinburgh. Sip hot cocoa in your own private living room or cook up a traditional Scottish feast in your fully-equipped kitchen. Come experience the history, stories, tastes, and cheer this season for a one-of-a-kind Christmas visit.
Lang may yer lum reek!