Christmas fairs and markets in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Christmas fairs and markets in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Revel in the Christmas spirit with our round-up of the best festive markets and fairs

Tis the season to go shopping, and with Christmas just around the corner, there's plenty of that to be getting on with. So go against the grain of rampant corporate consumerism and explore some local Christmas fairs and markets this festive season.

In Glasgow, the Urban Market Christmas (Sun 3 Dec, Drygate Brewing Co) promises a relaxed day of shopping for botanicals and beers, while the Festive Art, Design & Contemporary Craft Market (Sun Dec 10, Kibble Palace) means you can shop weird and wonderful stalls for homemade terrariums and gifts to tickle green fingers. Elsewhere, the Glasgow Charities Christmas Fayre (Tue Nov 14, Glasgow City Chambers) lets you give back to the local community while searching for that special gift, or if you're up for something bigger, the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair (Thu 23–Sat 25 Nov, SEC) allows you to choose from more than 300 exhibitors punting crafts, home and garden accessories, clothing and jewellery (plus a range of demonstrations and tastings each day).

To the east, Edinburgh's Christmas (Fri 17 Nov–Sat 6 Jan, George Street & East Princes Street Gardens) is your stalwart go-to for your traditional European Christmas market, to stock up on unique trinkets and crafts while you enjoy a warming glühwein, or nip to Summerhall Christmas Market (Sun 10 Dec, Summerhall) for locally sourced and fairtrade food, drink, crafts, art and jewellery, with Summerhall Singers providing a festive soundtrack. Edinburgh Steiner School Christmas Market (Sat 25 Nov, Edinburgh Steiner School) offers storytelling, games and performances for young 'uns while parents deal with the gift side of thing, or, for all your food and drink needs over the Christmas period, Foodies Festival Christmas (Fri 24 Nov–Sun 26 Nov, EICC) dishes up three days of producers, tastings, demonstrations, seasonal produce, and the best advice on food-related Christmas presents.

Various venues, Glasgow & Edinburgh, throughout Nov & Dec.

Edinburgh's Christmas

Six weeks of winter wonderland, with Edinburgh transformed by a fairground, a host of colourful lights and the fabled European Christmas market with dozens of stalls selling traditional trinkets and crafts as well as delicious Teutonic treats (and, of course, glühwein).

The Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair

The fair returns bringing with it over 300 exhibitors showcasing the finest in crafts, garden and home accessories, jewellery, clothing and homemade food and drink. Demonstrations and tasting sessions also take place each day.

Glasgow Charities Christmas Fayre

Glasgow's favourite charities raise funds through the sale of Christmas gifts and novelty items at this fayre organised by Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector.

Foodies Festival Christmas

A three-day festive food extravaganza including producers' market, tastings, demonstrations, a wine and champagne village and over 150 stalls selling the best local seasonal produce.

Edinburgh Steiner School Christmas Market

Annual festive bonanza at the school, with stalls for gift shopping, storytellers, refreshments, and fun for youngsters including puppet shows and games.

Summerhall Christmas Market

Festive market playing host to over 70 stalls from businesses across the city. Featuring locally sourced and fairtrade food, drink, crafts and gift ideas including bespoke furniture, craft beer, gin, soft furnishings, art prints, knitwear, vintage clothes, organic chocolate and jewellery. Community choir the Summerhall…

Festive Art, Design & Contemporary Craft Market

Botanical solutions for your Christmas shopping problems.

Urban Market Christmas

Browse the botanicals and try one of Drygate's excellent craft beers.

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