The Queues At Edinburgh's Christmas Market Prove We're In The Bad Place

If we wanted to stand in someone's armpit, we'd get on the tube
If we wanted to stand in someone's armpit, we'd get on the tube

If we wanted to stand in someone's armpit, we'd get on the tube

Edinburgh is well known for its incredible Christmas market, but would you be willing to queue for an age to get a glimpse at it?

According to a now viral TikTok video at the weekend, apparently, yes, plenty of people are.

The much-loved annual festive event opened its doors (for the first time with no Covid restrictions since 2019) on Friday November 25 and tourists and locals alike have been descending on it ever since.

In a series of videos from this weekend (December 3 2022), TikTok user @LLL05 showed the chaos they experienced trying to get into the market, calling it the “biggest queue I’ve ever seen”.

The video, which has now been watched a whopping 1.8 million times, shows hopeful Christmas market-goers in snake-like queues in the city centre.

Other TikTok users raced to the comments section to share their experience and wait times.

One wrote: “Was there yesterday 45 minutes from end of queue to front.”

However, many added that there was far less of a wait if you head to the market on a weekday (a point that will be unsurprising to many 9-5ers).

Unique Assembly said in response to the TikTok video: “Edinburgh’s Christmas is an extremely popular event – all the more so as it returns in full for the first time in three years – and can be busy at peak times.

“We operate an entry system to ensure that everybody has a safe and enjoyable experience once inside.

“The Christmas Market in East Princes Street Gardens is just one of three of Edinburgh’s Christmas sites – the Lidl on Ice experience on George Street, and SantaLand in West Princes Street Gardens are open and welcoming visitors with direct entry and of course there are plenty of other Festival attractions and activities in Edinburgh during December including the Ethical Christmas Market on Castle Street.”

The best alternative Christmas markets in the UK

Not fancying the massive queues into Edinburgh’s market? Fortunately Conde Nast Traveller have named their best festive markets to visit this Christmas - here’s what they named alongside Edinburgh.

  • Bath Christmas Market

  • Bowhouse Christmas Market Weekend, Fife

  • St Nicholas Fair, York

  • Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market

  • Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham

  • Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market

  • Manchester Christmas Market

  • Global Village Christmas Market, Norwich

  • The Christmas Market at Leeds Corn Exchange

  • Winter Wonderland Nottingham

  • Padstow Christmas Festival, Cornwall

  • Chester Christmas Market

  • Belfast Christmas Market

  • Brighton Christmas Festival, Sussex

  • Cardiff Christmas Market

  • Cheltenham Christmas Market