Winter festivals in Scotland

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Overlooking the Edinburgh skyline during the winter festival celebrations
Edinburgh in Winter ››

Discover the magic of winter in Edinburgh in our festive video

The Clyde Arc, a bridge in Glasgow, illuminated in purple at night
Glasgow in Winter ››

From Christmas markets to ice-skating and more, soak up the great atmosphere of Glasgow in winter in our festive video

The A-Z of Winter in Scotland
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Explore our A to Z of Winter in Scotland guide now for attractions, events, activities and more!

From St Andrew's Day to Burns night, Scotland is brimming with great events, unique entertainment, shopping experiences and festive cheer to warm up winter nights and show the world how to party!

  • Two female revellers celebrate Hogmanay in Aberdeen
    Revellers celebrate Hogmanay in Aberdeen
  • Fireworks explode above Edinburgh Castle as part of the annual Hogmanay celebrations
    Hogmanay fireworks, Edinburgh
  • The city of Perth and the River Tay at dusk
    The city of Perth and the River Tay at dusk
  • A night time view of Dunfermline Abbey lit up during the winter festival
    An illuminated Dunfermline Abbey
  • Looking over the water to a snowy bank below the castle.
    Inverness Castle
Two female revellers celebrating Hogmanay in Aberdeen


Experience an unforgettable Christmas and Hogmanay in Aberdeen during its annual Winter Festival and enjoy fantastic shopping.

Edinburgh winter markets


Get into the festive spirit with Christmas celebrations in Edinburgh.

Looking up to a dark stage with with spotlights on it.


Discover festive treats galore at Perth's three-month winter festival celebration.

Inverness Town Hall is decorated with Christmas trees and lights


Enjoy a great programme of events across Inverness this festival season, including markets, concerts and more.

Christmas decorations in George Square with the City Chambers visible behind, in the city centre of Glasgow.


Glasgow is the perfect place to pick up some christmas shopping, browse winter markets and attend family friendly events.

Fireworks over Stirling Castle


Join in the Hogmanay festivities with the carnival of light and sound as Stirling welcomes in the New Year.

Dundee Winter Festival- Contemporary Arts Centre.


Celebrate Dundee's winter festivities in style this year with a range of different activites, events and attractions.

A night time view of Dunfermline Abbey lit up during the winter festival


Discover a winter wonderland, full of events and activities including illuminations and Christmas markets, in Scotland's ancient capital, Dunfermline.

A view from Turnberry Spa, North of Girvan, South Aryshire

Winter breaks in Scotland

Escape this winter and explore all the cosy, traditional and exciting events that Scotland has to offer.

Up Helly Aa, Shetland

Quirky winter activities

Come explore the vast variety of activities that Scotland has to offer during the winter- some you may not find elsewhere!

Burning the Clavie, Moray.

Midnight in Scotland

Experience Hogmanay celebrations across Scotland this year that will stun and amaze you!

Scotland's Hogmanay celebrations

Scotland shows the world how to welcome the new year in style at Hogmanay.

St Andrew's Day

Celebrate St Andrew's Day in style with traditional Scottish music, dining, dancing and much more on 30 November

Burns Night

Burns Night commemorates the life and works of Scotland's National Bard with a supper of haggis, whisky and poetry recitations.