Edinburgh Christmas Shopping in 48 hours

The Scottish capital is a beautiful city all year round, and during the festive season it’s even better. When planning your Christmas shopping trips you’ll struggle to find anywhere in the UK which can compete with Auld Reekie’s fairy tale backdrop.


Christmas market trips are a must and in the middle of it all the magical Edinburgh’s Christmas event has no shortage of things to see and do.

Running from November to January the event is a twinkling winter wonderland for visitors.

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Featuring everything from a festive fairground and Ferris wheel to a Christmas tree maze and ice rink there’s also a full calendar of shows and events, including Cinderella.

And, if you have little ones, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to see Santa. Edinburgh’s Christmas Santa is a popular attraction, but he’s a busy man so book your space early.

Christmas Markets

The East Princes Street Gardens and George Street Christmas market trips are also an integral part of an Edinburgh Christmas break mixing German and Scottish traditions.

For the adults nothing says ‘ho-ho-ho’ liked a currywurst washed down with mulled wine – enjoy festive drinks and a wide variety of culinary delights while you watch the world go by.

The stalls are also great for picking up unique gifts and crafts.


Princes Street

Edinburgh’s main shopping street comes alive around the festive season as thousands flock to the city for their annual Christmas shopping trips.

It’s home to all the high street brands, including Debenhams, Apple, Zara, Primark, and M&S. And with a castle sitting alongside for a stunning view, Christmas shopping streets don’t come much better.

The iconic department store, Jenners, is the main attraction for many, with no festive trip to the city complete without a peek at its Christmas tree.

Maybe you’re not in town for gifts, but if you’re looking for that special party season outfit, a personal shopper could be for you.

Most of the big department stores offer the service. But if you’re looking for something really special then visit Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols.

The luxury store is in good company on Multrees Walk. The exclusive shopping precinct off St Andrew Square is home to brands such as Boss, Bravissimo, Burberry and Louis Vuitton. The area is also transformed with beautiful lighting for the festive season.

Round off your Christmas shopping trip with a visit to one of Edinburgh’s newest restaurants Dishoom. The authentic Indian-style café is a great spot to warm up after a chilly afternoon on the high street.

And if you’re booking your Edinburgh Christmas break, remember Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, Apex Grassmarket Hotel and Apex Waterloo Place Hotel are all within easy walking distance of the city’s Christmas delights.