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The Best Independent Christmas Markets in Scotland in 2023

Christmas Markets

Find the great independent Christmas markets taking place in Scotland this year

Scotland’s independent markets are gearing up to offer a buzzing festive shopping experience for Christmas 2023. With its rich history and vibrant market culture, Scotland is the perfect backdrop for a memorable market trip where you can purchase from independent artists and makers.

From traditional crafts and delicious seasonal treats to a joyful market atmosphere, these markets are a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. Let’s look at some of the best independent Christmas markets you can explore this holiday season…

Starting in Edinburgh, which is known for its stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant cultural scene. You can find Moular’s Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair on 24th & 25th November. This indoor market is located in the Shopping Centre George Street and is open open each day until late – 11am until 9pm with a great range of small businesses to shop from. 

Support The Makers at Dovecot Studios

Also in the capital is the Support the Makers at Dovecot Studios. This is on 9th & 10th Dec if you’re planning a December market visit. 

Dovecot Studios is a dynamic gallery space and you’ll find a great selection of gifts for your festive shopping needs.

 Tea Green’s Festive Design Market at V&A Dundee is on from 24th – 26th November. This market is full to the brim with high-quality products from some of Scotland’s best independent designers and makers, with some exhibiting in the city for the very first time, so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

If you’re in Glasglow, the The Burrell Collection Festive Winter Market, also by Tea Green Events, is well worth a visit on 11th & 12 November.

They’re also hosting another market in Glasgow at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum on 2nd & 3rd December.

Tea Green Marketplace Month

You can visit the Christmas Village Green Makers Market at The Mart in East Linton on 26th November and shop from great makers from East Lothian and beyond selling natural soap and candles, ceramics, textiles, botanical skincare, woodwork and artisan jewellery. It’s dog friendly, too!

As you set out to explore Scotland’s Christmas markets in 2023, you’ll encounter a diverse array of traditional and creative offerings. These markets capture the essence of the holiday season, providing unique gifts and a chance to experience the local festive atmosphere. Enjoy your festive shopping in Scotland’s charming marketplaces!