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The Christmas Market Guide to Scotland

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Halloween has been and gone and now it's time for the shops to over stimulate our minds with the delights of festive colours.

I really feel like Christmas markets this year have begun so early. Scotland is host to a huge amount of Christmas markets this year. I have narrowed it down to the ones that I personally would love to go to in date order

2nd-4th - Blair Castle Christmas Gift and Craft fair

'Over 50 Arts, Crafts and Food producers will gather in our Ballroom and Banvie Hall.  Glassmakers, patissiers, preservists, textilers, chocolatiers, artists, silversmiths, jewellers, bakers and seamstresses, all of whose goods are handmade in Scotland.  A great

way to start your Christmas shopping.  £3 Entry Fee'

9th - Abbotsford House Christmas Shopping

'There's lots on offer and you will be sure to find something for everyone with different activities and events, ranging from shop promotions to our annual festive carol service.'

9th - 11th Craiths Castle Christmas Shopping Fair

' Exclusively Highlands hosts it’s stunning annual Christmas Craft and Food Fair at Crathes Castle. Throughout the Castle and the Horsemill over 60 exhibitors'

10th-11th The Glasgow Vegan Christmas festival

' Join us for festive fun, treats and handmade gifts at the stunning Briggait this winter at the Glasgow Christmas Vegan Festival on Saturday 9th December! Promising a delicious blend of carol singing, mulled wine and Yuletide spirit, Vegan Connections invites you to shake off those winter coats and enjoy the festivities with a vegan twist.'

17th - 5th Jan Edinburgh Christmas

' Edinburgh's Christmas is a spectacular, six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the city. The festival is a fantastic Christmas celebration, and great fun for the whole family!'

17th Lanark Christmas Market

' Lanark's Festive Market & Christmas Light Switch On takes place on Saturday 17th November 2018. The market festivities kick off at 9am with a vast selection of Scotland & England's best food, drink & craft producers. With over 80 market stalls in attendance and much more hot food & drink you are guaranteed to kick start your Christmas shopping here.'

17th The Crafters Art and Design Fair

' The Crafters Art and design Fair, an exclusive event in the Scottish Borders, providing a fantastic opportunity for Christmas shopping with a wealth of beautiful gifts. Meet the makers of a range of the finest quality handmade arts and crafts and even see some demonstrations. Established and run by The Crafters since 2008.'

24th - 29th Glasgow Christmas Market

' The Christmas Markets return to George Square and St Enoch Square offering a wide selection of festive gifts and delicious street food. A warm and welcoming bar will add to the festive atmosphere, offering up a selection of beverages for all to enjoy. '

1st Paxton House Christmas Cracker

'Kick off the festive season with our annual Christmas Cracker! Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2018, 11am-4pm daily Fun for all the family on a fantastic festive day out Entry: £3 per adult and kids GO FREE!'

1st - 2nd Jupiter Artlands Christmas Fair

' Jupiter Artland will once again be transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland, with boutique craft stalls, live music, mulled wine and delicious seasonal street food. Don't miss our Santa's Grotto, festive Donkeys and Christmas Tree yard. Additional special events and activities to be announced. '

1st Aberdeen Christmas Fair

' Aberdeen Christmas will also be looking for Vendors to set up in the park after the Christmas Parade. The parade starts at 5:00 PM on December 1st. Following the parade at the park. Will be a grinch theme, with Santa, a tree lighting, and choir singing. Please let me know if any schools, or businesses would be interested in putting a float in the parade. '

4th Stirling Castle Christmas Shopping Fair

'Showcasing the very best of local Scottish brands, crafts and fine foods and drink'

7th - 24th Archerfield walled Gardens A Christmas Fairy Tail

' Enter Archerfield Walled Garden’s mystical Fairy Trail and get lost in a world of fairies, forest folk and folklore. A beautifully ethereal world with surprises around every corner. Welcome to A Christmas Fairy Trail'

7th - 9th Glamis Castle Christmas Market

' A wealth of local gifts from welcoming stallholders. The spectacle of the Castle decorated for Christmas,Our amazing gift shop , Festive meals in our restaurant'

There you have some amazing festive friendly events to enjoy this year.

Which markets will you attend in Scotland this year?