City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Enjoy the Spirit of Christmas in Edinburgh's West End Village Street Market


By Editor - Posted on 18 November 2008

ENJOY
THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS WHILE YOU SHOP IN EDINBURGH'S WEST END

If you're looking to feel the magic and excitement of Christmas, then
head along to Edinburgh's West End Village this winter.
Retailers are hosting a busy calendar of Christmas events including street
markets, fashion shows, special offers and a children's scavenger hunt to
create a wonderful Christmas shopping experience throughout the area.

Packed with handmade crafts and bespoke gift ideas for Christmas, the West
End Village Street Market
will be the centre piece of this year's
celebrations.  Taking place on Saturday 29th November and
Saturday 6th December from 10am-4pm, they will provide a
great festive day out.  Come along and treat yourself to some mulled wine
and mince pies as you enjoy the market.

In addition, there will be two fantastic shopping evenings on and
Thursday 27th November and Thursday 11th December from 5pm-8pm, with participating shops showcasing their latest
products and offering a whole host of extra yuletide treats. As well as the
street market and shopping evenings, there are a range of fantastic in-store
events special offers and incredible gift options that will keep you shopping
west this Christmas.

One such event is the Children's Christmas Hunt. On Thursday
11th December
between 4pm and 8pm, children aged 5 to 11 years
old, accompanied by their parents, can take part in this exciting scavenger
hunt. Starting at Mel-Bell's and following the West End treasure map,
children will be able to find clues to help them complete the puzzle and win a
prize, with mulled wine and plenty of other treats to keep mum and dad happy
along the way too. Entry is £2, which will be donated to a children's
charity.

With free parking from 5.30pm on weekday evenings and on Saturday
afternoons from 1pm, it's the perfect opportunity to discover the range of
delights in the West End Village, which include friendly pubs, trendy bars and
eateries, boutique fashion and unique gift offerings in a great setting.

Says Michael Apter of the West End Association, "The
retailers in the West End are working together to create a magical shopping
experience where shoppers can really enjoy and soak up the spirit of Christmas
on the streets and in-store.

"Retailers need to work harder this year to
tempt shopper's in-store.  We also want to communicate that the West
End is open for business and parking is free, so come along!"

Graham Birse, Chairman of
the Open For Business Group and Deputy Chief Executive of Edinburgh Chamber of
Commerce adds, "All the previous West End Markets have been a
great success with shoppers, and this promises to be no different. The area has
a deserved reputation for being home to some fantastic independent retailers,
and it's great to see them all working together to add even more quality
to the city's Christmas shopping experience."

West End retailers on Queensferry Road, Alva
Street, Stafford Street and William Street are opening until 8pm on Thursday 27th November and Thursday 11th December.

Throughout Christmas in November and December, there is free on-street
parking  on Saturday afternoons (after 1pm) and after 5.30pm on weekdays in
the city centre, West End, Grassmarket, Old Town and Tollcross. For a full list
of street included in the offer, visit www.edinburgh.gov.uk/xmasparking

For more information or product information from West
End stores for gift guides or Christmas shopping features please contact:

Keith Smith or Stuart MacKenzie

Burt
Greener Communications

T:
0141 248 6007 / 0131 220 8249

E:
keith@burtgreener.co.uk / stuart@burtgreener.co.uk