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The A to Z of Winter in Scotland
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Up Helly Aa procession, Mainland
Winter fire festivals ››

Celebrate light and warmth at events across the country, including Hogmanay, Burning of the Clavie and Up Helly Aa

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!

  • Fireworks explode above Edinburgh Castle as part of the annual Hogmanay celebrations
    Hogmanay fireworks, Edinburgh
  • 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
The Scott Monument and the Giant Wheel in Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Get into the festive spirit with Christmas celebrations in Edinburgh.

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

Perth

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

Inverness Town Hall is decorated with Christmas trees and lights

Inverness

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

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

A large green firework against a dark sky.

Oban

Enjoy nine days of exciting festive events in the run up to St Andrews Day during Oban Winter Festival from 21 - 30 November

Fireworks over Stirling Castle

Stirling

This year sees Stirling again hosting an amazing Hogmanay party in the shadow of impressive Stirling Castle.

Two female revellers celebrating Hogmanay in Aberdeen

Aberdeen

Experience Aberdeen during its annual Winter Festival and enjoy a fantastic programme of festive events and entertainment alongside excellent Christmas shopping.

A rider canters on the beach

The Saltire Festival

Celebrate St Andrew’s Day in the ‘Home of the Flag’ at East Lothian Council’s Saltire Festival from 24 - 30 November 2014

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

Dunfermline

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

Scotland's Hogmanay celebrations

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

Burns Night

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

St Andrew's Day

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