Edinburgh Christmas markets cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

‘Instead, the focus will move to celebrating Edinburgh’s Christmas 2020 online’

‘Edinburgh Christmas 2020’ organisers, Underbelly and The City of Edinburgh Council have announced that the annual Christmas festivities have been cancelled, following the advice and latest discussions with public health experts.

The announcement was made on the ‘Edinburgh Christmas’ website, in a post detailing: “Following the recent national restrictions and taking into consideration the likely additional strain on services over winter, it has been agreed that any sort of event which could attract a gathering or crowd will be avoided. This includes market stalls, rides and all other attractions.”

“Instead, the focus will move to celebrating Edinburgh’s Christmas 2020 online.”

No further details have been provided as to what online content will be available or to what extent, with Charlie Wood, director of Underbelly, producer of Edinburgh’s Christmas and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay expressing: “We appreciate today’s announcement will be disappointing to the many people, particularly families, who come each year to enjoy the Christmas sites; but we are exploring a different Edinburgh’s Christmas this year which will deliver a series of digital opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy from their own homes. We will share more information on the revised winter festival programme in the near future.”

This follows the proposed plans for 2020’s celebrations, showing a more moderate array of stalls and attractions, that were made public by the event’s organisers last month.

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