Scotland in the winter months offers a vibrant mix of world class festivals

Monday 8, November 2010


Scotland in the winter months offers a vibrant mix of world class festivals


Scotland in the winter months offers festivals, entertainment, and stunning winter scenery coupled with a unique warm welcome to this country steeped in history and romance.


Late November sees Scots in their native country and all over the world celebrate St Andrew’s Day.  Scotland’s national day sees events take place all over the country, with Highland Games, traditional and modern music celebrations and food and drink events. 


The celebrations continue throughout December as Scotland’s winter festivals come to the fore.  


Edinburgh sparkles with a month of winter revelry, while the capital’s Princes Street Gardens is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with ice rink, giant big wheel and Christmas Markets.  In Stirling, the ‘Story of Christmas’ show comes to Stirling Castle, while New Lanark’s UNESCO World Heritage Site offers their own unique Christmas experience with ‘sing-a-ling’ family panto and Christmas ride. Scotland is also home to the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd - Britain's only herd of reindeer, found ranging in the Cairngorm Mountains and a joy to all who come and see them year round and especially at Christmas. 


New Year in Scotland is known as Hogmanay and attracts visitors from all over the world to experience Scotland’s unique New Year celebrations.  Edinburgh’s Hogmanay welcomed over 150,000 revellers in 2010, attracting visitors from over 60 countries to four days of spectacular events.  Events are held all over the country, from Orkney and Loch Ness to Stirling Castle and Glasgow City Centre.   


Januarys then sees Europe’s first premier music festival of the year come to Scotland in the form of Celtic Connections, with over 1,500 artists performing in 300 concerts.  Scotland’s winter festivals then culminates in the celebration of the life and works of one of her most famous sons, Robert Burns, with Burns Nights taking place on and around the 25th January the length and breadth of Scotland. 


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