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Christmas in Edinburgh, from 20 November 2021 to 02 January 2022

Christmas in Edinburgh

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WHERE: Edinburgh, Scotland.
WHEN: from 20 November 2021 to 02 January 2022

Events. Concerts. Exhibition. Shows. Attractions … and the inevitable markets. Who should think that Christmas in Edinburgh does not fully represent the magic and the suggestion of this period, will have a chance to change his mind.
The Scottish capital, with its wonderful old town, is the ideal destination for families, couples and friends.

A truly beautiful place that, little or nothing, has to envy the other famous Christmas destinations. You can discover the symbolic sites, such as Princess Street, George Street, the Royal Mile and, of course, Edinburgh Castle. Everywhere you can breathe the magic and Christmas atmosphere.

On the 20 November, with LIGHT NIGHT, will be the official inauguration of Christmas in Edinburgh 2021. Throughout the month there will be shows and extraordinary initiatives in the program. Events that will last throughout December, before the farewell to 2021. The New Year’s Eve is an event very popular among the Scotsmen and, above all, by the tourists who come, more and more numerous, around here.

Prepare your suitcases and discover a fantastic city. We are sure that you will be pleasantly impressed by Christmas Edinburgh.


Literally, the Night of Lights. Appointment Sunday 20 November at 15:30 on George Street, with one of the most anticipated shows, hosted again this year by Forth Radio’s Arlene Stuart. This year there will be a spectacular ignition with Santa Claus flying.

The show is free, but, like every year, incredibly crowded. It is preferable to arrive at lunch time.



Edinburgh Christmas Market

Photo, 2010 Tony Austin

The traditional, romantic, street market in the heart of the city. East Princes Street Garden is one of the most loved and busy street markets in Edinburgh.
You can untangle yourself among the classic markets, inspired by the Christmas tradition. You can go shopping and buy handicrafts, souvenirs and decorations of all kinds.

Great protagonist is, of course, the gastronomy, with typical products and many sweets. To warm up, hot wine is what it takes.

The traditional market is open every day, from 20 November 2021 to 02 January 2022, from 10:00 to 22:00. On November 20, inauguration at 13:00. On December 24th and January 1st, closing at 20:00. Closed on December 25th.

There are also numerous attractions present. with prices, on average, of £6.50 per person. You can take a ride on the bumper cars, rotating cups ..

And what would Christmas Edinburgh be without the mythical Ferris Wheel? Every day, from 10:00 in the morning, you can get on one of the 25 spacecraft of the brand new FORTH 1 BIG WHEEL. Resistant to bad weather and rain, the spacecraft can accommodate up to 6 people each, offering a spectacular view of the city. Not to be missed. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The price is £7.50 per person.


Christmas in Edinburgh

The city’s Christmas amusement park. In the beautiful green lung of East Princes Street Garden, have fun with the classic attractions.

Santa Land is a true paradise for adults and, above all, children, with games, rides and attractions. The Christmas Tree Labyrinth, Santa’s Grotto, and dulcis infundo await you… Santa Train, Santa’s little train; the latter will allow you to walk around the park, admiring the lights, colors, decorations and many attractions.
We are sure that your children will be thrilled to play in Santa Land, for an Edinburgh Christmas…. absolutely unforgettable.

There is no subscription to access the rides. You will have to pay a ticket for each single attraction. To access the Christmas tree labyrinth, where you can visit the house of the Elves, the ticket costs £4.50. Helter Skelter, which allows you to climb a tower, having a fantastic view over the city, costs £3.00 per person. On most rides, children under one meter in height must always be accompanied by an adult.


This is the second largest Christmas market in Edinburgh. You can spend a few hours among the typical houses, looking for the best deals. You will find souvenirs, handicrafts and all sorts of gifts, as well as many gastronomic offerings. Prices are not extremely cheap.

At Castle Street, at Santa’s Grotto, Santa is waiting for you in person, ready to cheer children with a series of fairy tales and stories. The show lasts just under 30 minutes, for a maximum of 20 minutes per session, with a final wee gift. Tickets from £8.50.


Imagine hundreds of thousands of Santa Clauses, ready to march along West Princess Street Gardens. Appointment on 05 December 2021, at 09:30 for the Santa Fun & Ride. A path of over 2.5km, where everyone is welcome. Even parents with strollers, adults and children with dogs on a leash …

By participating, you pay a fee which will be donated to charity. Children aged 12 and over and adults pay £ 15. Children from 5 to 11 years, of 5 pounds. Two adults and two children can access with the FAMILY TICKET, at a cost of £ 35

When finished, the best dressed dog and stroller will also be announced!


To experience your magical Edinburgh Christmas, you can’t miss a trip to the Ice Rink. This year George Street hosts a fascinating track for the whole family. It is open from November 19th 2021 to January 2nd 2022. Hours vary according to the day.

The ticket to access costs £ 6.00 per person and includes the rental of skates. Children under the age of 11 must always be accompanied by an adult.St Andrew Square - Christmas 2014

Photo, 2014 MJ Richardson


The Edinburgh Christmas program is really rich. You will be spoiled for choice. Throughout the period, you can admire the WINTER WINDOWS. These are lively and colorful installations on stained glass by school children in Edinburgh.

Among the shows for the family, do not miss the suggestive ADVENT CONCERT, this year at St. Andrew Square, on November 28th, at 3:00 pm. From 04 December to 02 January, don’t miss the suggestive Light Show at Dalkeith Country Park. It is a fascinating journey, between plays of light and twinkling stars, up to Fort Douglas; here, in addition to the splendid view, mulled wine, hot chocolate, toast with marshmallows and hot food await you.

Another illuminated path not to be missed is installed at the Royal Botanic Garden. Here, too, spectacular plays of light await you.

For a truly spectacular view of Edinburgh, all lit up, we recommend heading to Arthur’s Seat. It is a spectacular promontory, located in Holyrood Park, from which you can admire the city all sparkling and illuminated. Really great. We only recommend that you pay attention to the wind that blows quite strongly in these parts.

*All the contents are purely indicative. Before taking part in the event, please consult the official website. Timetables and program can be modified according to the current regulations on COVID-19 in Scotland. We also remind you to inquire in advance about the mandatory nature of the Green Pass.

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