‘Winterhall’ Christmas Markets – a wonderfully swanky affair

Polymorphics: simple geometric objects for people to use and enjoy. Photo Credit: Lynn Rusk

By Lynn Rusk

Edinburgh’s beloved arts venue Summerhall was transformed into a Winter Wonderland this weekend providing food, drink, music, crafts and festivities for all.

Over 70 local independent vendors showcased their stock on December 9th, at the ‘Winterhall Christmas Market’ selling a range of unique and quirky gifts.

Curious about this alternative to the Winter Wonderland on Princes St, I decided to check these markets out.

On arrival, my initial impression was that this local Christmas market was most definitely a middle class affair with items like artisan marshmallows on sale – a tell tale sign.

That being said there was a lovely community feel to the event with people braving the cold weather to support local artists and craftspeople.

Some of Lia B’s handcrafted designs on sale. Photo Credit: Lynn Rusk

Stalls this year included kimchi and kraut specialists Edinburgh Fermentarium, Summerhall Christmas Market’s first vintage stall Farrago Retro, and homemade, small-batch, sustainable pampering products from Amaranthine Skincare.

There were also a number of food vendors selling a range of delicious street food. These included FacePlant Foods, a pop-up portable, plant-based kitchen creating tasty street food from around the world and The Crema Caravan, the UK’s first crème brûlée van! (bougie-ness confirmed!!)

Summerhall’s own community choir, the Summerhall Singers, performed popular Christmas carols and children’s art therapy charity, The Teapot Trust, were running pottery painting workshops in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre.

Punters could also enjoy a wreath-making workshop run by Edinburgh’s Garlands Florist.

Being a student, I couldn’t afford to buy too many gifts at these markets but the quaintness of the event definitely brought me some festive cheer, so for that it was definitely worth the £2 entry fee and is a lovely day out for all of the family.

Customers enjoying the markets: