COMING up this Saturday, 26 November, Castle Street Christmas Market, run by LocalMotive Markets, is once again making a festive splash with a wealth of artisan, bespoke ethical and Fair Trade products, handcrafted gifts and seasonal foodie and drink delights.
Set just below the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle looking onto Princes Street – now in its 15th year – the Christmas market with its distinctive festive gazebos, will be running for four weeks from the 26 November until the 23 December, with new exhibitors joining every week.
This year, ice skating, funfair rides and a whole lot of festive activities are taking place across the city and LocalMotive Markets is excited to be running two beautiful Christmas Markets at Castle Street as well Ocean Terminal. *See dates below for Ocean Terminal.
Tania Pramschufer, director of LocalMotive Markets, said: “We are seeing some amazing talent coming through – and this year with twenty stalls, we have “Loved by Bridget” handmade pebble art and upcycled items made by Lisa from Leven – who has a real passion for all things coastal.
“Also, Borders-based Bowbrook Studios, making exquisite collectible figurines with everything from farm animals to otters, and discover Leanme Art Studio – artist Arias Deniz’s colourful sketches and paintings of Edinburgh streets and houses as well as jewellery.
“We have built a strong market following from all the artists, producers and local people involved. We are inviting our festive visitors to browse and enjoy our market with the opportunity to buy some unique and affordable gifts – for example Gecko Gifts; Frangipani Toby Jewels, Floraidh Soaps, Gamries Candles and 100% Cards, and authentic Sicilian confectionery by Tipico, a sumptuous range of cheeses from Damn Fine Cheese and out of this world delicious range of chilli jams from Slaped Toasties.
“Come and join us at our markets and take time to chat to the makers directly, as they each have a terrific story to tell about how they got started – some family run businesses, some part-time creativity or a new life venture – they all have some truly amazing stories to tell. Maybe they will inspire you to become a maker too.
Let the festivities begin!
Picture credit: Alan Wilson
Notes for editors:
CASTLE STREET MARKET is one of the most well-established Christmas markets in Edinburgh, running since 2007. A beautiful outdoor market with plenty of festive atmosphere held in bright coloured three-metre gazebos, the market filled with quality beautiful gifts as well food and drinks, and hot food. Castle Street has to be one of the most beautiful locations in the UK, facing onto Princes Street and looking up to Edinburgh Castle, surrounded by shops on Princes Street and with Rose Street and George Street to the rear.
OCEAN TERMINAL CHRISTMAS MARKET
Traders will be selling a vibrant selection of arts & crafts, jewellery, woodwork, homeware, soaps, as well as (non-hot) foodies items.
Opening hours are Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm
Friday to Sunday – 25 to 27 November
Thursday to Sunday – 1 to 4 December
Thursday to Sunday – 8 to 11 December
Thursday to Sunday – 15 to 18 December
Monday to Friday – 19 to 23 December
For more event information and photos regarding both markets:
Tania Pramschufer, Director LocalMotive Markets
(runs markets – with a great all-round team)
M: 07914 254 334
Twitter: @LocalMotiveMkts @MarketScene
LocalMotive Markets is a social action Edinburgh-based market company that exists to provide exciting locations and high footfall platforms for local independent businesses. Most profit reinvested to our sister company, Hand Up Events, that focuses on a positive social impact projects, especially focused on fair trade, with events that include World Fair Trade Gathering, Fair Trade Fiesta, Fair and Ethical Trade on the Fringe and further developing World Fair Trade Tartan.
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