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Edinburgh Christmas Markets

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There’s a little something for everyone in Edinburgh at Christmastime. Multiple markets offer a bounty of holiday treats – French Market, Traditional German Christmas Market, Highland Market, Edinburgh’s Farmer’s Markets, The Eating Place, and Edinburgh Ethical Christmas Fayre are probably the best known of these. Every type of holiday food imaginable is served from the hundreds of enticing stands, along with traditional Christmas gifts from all over the world, depending on which market you go to. Walking around these markets allows visitors a chance to see the entire beautiful city at Christmastime, decorated on Night Light, November 22, with 200,000 lights. Christmas is also heralded by a number of traditional events such as the Nativity Carol Service, the Great Santa Run, and Green Christmas at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Edinburgh Christmas Markets.

Written by  Sarah Clise.

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What can I see at the market?

I work as a support worker with mental health and one of my patients would like to go. Is it just a food market or are there other things to buy? Is it worth the trip from glasgow and is it like the german markets?

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Edinburgh doesn't make do with just one Christmas market it has several all running at once: there's a traditional German Market, a Highland Market, an Ethical Market and a Farmers Market.

Is there a French market in Central Edinburgh?

Is there a market in Castle Street as in previous years?

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This year Castle Street is having an Ethical Christmas Fair between December 12 and December 20

German Market

Could you please let me know when the German Market in Princes Street Gardens starts this year please.

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It opens, officially, on Thursday November 26th 2009 at 5.15pm.

Xmas Markets

When do the markets open this year

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26 November 2009 until 4 January 2010

A little bit of Christmas cheer

I have been to the German markets for the last 2 years. Its worth booking a hotel for at least a night to savour the atmosphere on an evening. Friday is best as the markets close at about 8 pm other nights. It was lovely just wandering around, there is plenty of German fayre if you feel hungry and you can't go without having a glass of Glubwein, I prefer the raspberry. For lager drinkers the lager is lovely and if you enjoy a shandy why not try the Colaweiss made with cola and lager. Its not the same without German beer though.I won't even begin to talk about the sausage and Stollen. Have a look at the Xmas ornaments and the nutcrackers. I have bought 2 now. After savouring the delights of the market, have a wander down to the ice rink, its fun just watching, then along to the ferris wheel etc. The views from the top are worth the ride. (Unless you have a husband like mine who likes to spin the car round, scaring the living daylights out of me). If you haven't finished your Xmas shopping then you just need to pop across the road to Prince's street and do it all there.

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