Friday, 24 November 2017

10 of the Best Edinburgh Festive Markets

Gosh, Christmas is approaching fast! We like to shop local as much as possible and festive markets is the perfect way to combine indie shopping with that festive buzz (AKA mulled wine).

Helen has already shared a whopping ten of the best festive markets in Dundee, so now I'm helping you Edinburgh folk get ready (and maybe grab yourself a wee treat while you're at it?). In date order, so you don't miss out:
Beaverhall Open Studios
Beaverhall Studios | 24 & 25 November
Open studios are a fun way to shop- you get to take a peak behind the scenes of the designer and learn more about them, as well as buying. If you are considering a bespoke or personalised piece this can also be a fantastic way to discuss your idea directly. Find gifts in the form of millinery, glass, ceramics and jewellery.

Edinburgh's Indoor Christmas Market
Surgeon's Hall | 26 November
This indoor market is a new event to us and claims to have gifts for everyone and includes a Santa's Grotto for kids. We are intrigued to know what kind of vendors will be on display. Looking forward to finding out more.

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Market
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home | 26 November
It seems even your furry friends are catered for this yule tide, with this special pet themed market! As well as activities and animal gifts, there will be treats for humans too. Santa Paws will also be making an appearance... please send us photos if you go to this. We need to know more.

Coburg House Christmas Open Studios
Coburg House Art Studios | 1-3 December
Another open studios to allow you to browse the residents' work and hear more about their processes. The art studios houses 80 illstrators, painters, jewellers, ceramicists and photographers so there should be lots to see. There will also be a jewellery exhibition Hidden Gems every Saturday in December.

Morningside Makers Christmas Market
Columcille Ltd | 2 December
We've featured the regular Morningside Makers Market on the blog before but here's the bumper festive version. This is one we've bought gifts from before, and usually has an excellent selection of goodies. It's a great cake stop too.

Accessory Collective Christmas Pop Up
Hill Street Design House | 2 December
Featuring fab accessory designers like Emily Millichip, Maggie Mowbry, Hattie Pattison, Chloe Patience and many, many more! It will no doubt be a chilled, quality shopping experience, as is always the case at Hill Street Design House.

Out of the Blue Xmas Arts Market & Bruncheon
Out of the Blue Drill Hall |9 December & 16 December
Not just an art fair for all you print lovers out there- as well as paintings and photography there will be jewellery, homeware and stationery from the likes of Hygge at Home, Polymorphics, Concrete Sweet, Edinburgh Candle Company and lots lots more.

St Margaret's House Makers Fair 2017
St Margaret's House | 9-10 December
This event promises to be a high quality curated fair by the resident artists and will also include workshops, so it sounds great for bringing along kids.. This is a new one for us, so we're intrigued to know more.

#EdIndoorMarket December
Biscuit Factory | 16 December
A special edition of the monthly indoor market run by Edinburgh Social and Biscuit Factory which includes crafts, food and live music. It aims to be affordable and fun, with profits from teh £2 suggested donation going to the Edinburgh Food Social enterprise.


Edinburgh's Christmas Market
Princes Street & George Street | 18 November- 6 January
And of course there's the main event- Edinburgh's Christmas markets and events running all month. It has spread from Princes Street to George Street and now features shows for kids, and rides for all the family. This is also the best place to sip a mulled wine and sample some tasty treats- if you can face the crowds!

So there you have it! A month of markets to help you on your indie shopping way. Enjoy!

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