Big Christmas Market Under Fire for Poor Reviews

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.12 - 2023 12:20 PM CET

Big Christmas Market Under Fire for Poor Reviews.

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Edinburgh's Christmas Market, which is normally marketed as Scotland's best and largest, is facing criticism from visitors who have left scathing reviews online.

The latest review on the popular travel website TripAdvisor said the market was "so disappointing." The reviewer added: "Totally shocked to find out it's a lot smaller than previous years, no small pubs or bars were set up that we normally enjoy, stalls were really poor, and everything was very expensive."

This is reported by The National.

Another reviewer wrote: "Purely consumer-oriented and exploitative tourist trap. Inauthentic, overcrowded and pretentious - a scam."

A third reviewer lamented: "This must be the worst market I've ever visited. Mostly food stalls with overpriced food and drinks. Mulled wine/cider will cost you £7 for a small paper cup."

"It definitely wasn't a market where you could get a good deal, there were only a few different stalls. A complete waste of time."

However, there are a few positive reviews, including a five-star review that said: "Lovely Christmas market with stalls full of crafts, food and drink. Try the carousel while enjoying mulled wine and the beauty of Edinburgh."

"The stalls are expensive, as expected for this type of event, but don't just visit Princes Street. Go to George Street and enjoy more attractions and stalls. The lights all over the Old Town, Grassmarket and Princes Street don't disappoint."

One user also warned about scammers, adding: "Check the amounts they charge when you make a card payment."

The market, which is run by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, has been contacted for comment.