Santa Setting up Stall in St Andrew Square as Markets Return to New Town

Submitted by edg on Sun, 5 Nov '23 6.59am
Santa's Grotto in Castle Street
Eoin Carey

Santa will be setting up stall this year at St Andrew Square as part of this year's Edinburgh's Christmas festivities. 

The official Edinburgh's Christmas 2023 celebrations start on Friday 17 November with the opening of The East Princes Street Gardens Christmas Market. Santa's Stories will be taking place from the 18 November til Christmas Eve at the Piccolo tent erected in St Andrew Square.

Santa Stories are roughly 20 minute sessions that take place every half hour for up to 22 children. Each child will have the opportunity to meet the big bearded man and receive a gift suitable for their age range.

Santa Stories also has smaller, quieter, relaxed sessions for children with additional needs. St Andrew Square will also have a letter writing station for kids, a 10m tall Christmas Tree and Social Bite’s Gift Donation point.

The Festive Family Funfair in West Princes Street Gardens, Santa’s Workshop and Social Bite Festival of Kindness at St Andrew Square, and the Ice Rink on George Street West open from Saturday 18 November. 

Edinburgh's Christmas will also see the return of artisanal gift stalls and festive food and drink from around 80 market stallholders.

As well as the Christmas markets in East Princes Street Gardens and George Street, with their familiar wooden chalets, LocalMotive’s Christmas Market will return to Castle Street 25 November to 22 December. 

Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations will run for seven weeks til Saturday 6 January 2024.

Edinburgh’s Christmas stallholders (alphabetical list)  

  1. Ali's Cream
  2. Allson Sparkle - Pilgrim's Drinks
  3. BBQ
  4. Brownhill Whisky Co - Pomology
  5. Cherry Tree Preserves
  6. Chock Shop UK
  7. Chocolate Bar
  8. Christmas Wow
  9. CHURROS  
  10. Coffee, Churros and Donuts
  11. Crêpes and Waffles
  12. Diedododa
  13. Eat Indian/ Indian Delights
  14. Edwin Berry Candles
  15. From The Olive Tree
  16. Granny Charlotte's Fudge
  17. Great Glen Distillery
  18. Hairy Fairy Gifts
  19. Hector and Harriet
  20. Islander Edinburgh
  21. Isle of Skye leather
  22. Janmilne Jewellery
  23. Joe Cool
  24. JustStars
  25. Kari Ceramics
  26. Kydd’s Crafts
  27. LOUD elephant
  28. Mac Love
  29. Macraes of Edinburgh
  30. Mini Pancakes
  31. Mulled Wine
  32. Native Handicraft
  33. Newt&Co
  34. O'Donnell Moonshine
  35. Old Maps Library
  36. Pama Crafts
  37. Paraffle
  38. Jarvis Pickle Kitchen
  39. Pincho Poncho
  40. Pizza Pitch
  41. Powder
  42. Pure Pet Food
  43. Ramsay
  44. Real Scot
  45. Riccardo Gallinaro
  46. Roast Carvery
  47. Roasted Chestnuts
  48. Royal Mile Silver
  49. Rusty Signs
  50. Salmon
  51. Salt and Chilli Chicken
  52. Sam’s Handbags & Gladrags
  53. Snow Globe
  54. Soctopus
  55. Solid Cologne UK
  57. Street Burger
  58. The Big Angus
  59. The Cocktail Geeks
  60. The Edinburgh Bow Tie Co.
  61. The Edinburgh Natural Skincare Company
  62. The Fudge Company
  63. The Nutcracker Christmas Shop
  64. The Peruvian
  65. Ting Thai
  66. Underglass Terrarium Limited
  67. Unicorn
  68. Unikalus Vaizdas Ceramic Candlehouses
  69. Wanderers Kneaded Limited
  70. Waverley Cafe
  71. We Sell Dumplings / We Sell Popcorn Chicken
  72. Westmount Art
  73. Wholly Waffles
  74. World of Baubles
  75. Zaza London Limited 

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