Christmas market season is here, and preparations for the Edinburgh Christmas market have begun. The festivities are coming back on November 25, and we can finally enjoy a wee mulled wine (or ten), magical lights all around and a cheeky bratwurst. And on top of being excited for the festive season to commence, we can get excited about the fact Edinburgh Christmas market was named as one of the best in the UK.
However, some drama did unfold in the organisation of Edinburgh’s Christmas this year: after the initial organisers pulled out last minute, event organisers Assembly Festival and Unique Events have stepped in to save the day. This year, Edinburgh Christmas is on from November 25, 2022, until January 3, 2023. The market will see the traditional locations on Princes Street, St Andrew Square and George Street, as well as some new installations popping up.
Expect the return of Edinburgh’s Christmas Wheel, the Traditional Christmas Markets, Ice Rink and Santa Land, as well as the debut Santa Experience in West Princes Street and a brand new programme of free festive events and activities on the Ross Bandstand.
A recent study conducted by Christmas Tree World has revealed the best Christmas markets across the UK, and Edinburgh took joint fifth and sixth place together with York. The study also concluded that Edinburgh is among the top three most popular Christmas markets.
Manchester Christmas market took first place, with over 60,000 monthly Google searches, over 8,000 Instagram mentions and a 7.54 market score. Nottingham was second, while Leeds came third and Birmingham took fourth place.
Edinburgh Christmas market was also the second most searched, with almost 50,000 monthly Google searches, over 8,000 Instagram mentions and a score of 5.54.
Edinburgh festive season is also famous for one of the biggest New Year’s celebrations in the world, Edinburgh Hogmanay. It’s evident Edinburgh is worthy to be in the list of the best Christmas markets, and this year, all the festivities are back in full force; we’re ready for it!