Christmas breaks in Scotland

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  • Looking towards Blair Castle near Blair Atholl against a snow covered landscape
    Blair Castle near Blair Atholl
  • Shoppers peruse the Christmas market stalls in Edinburgh
    The Christmas market in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
  • Fireworks bursting over a floodlit Edinburgh Castle
    Edinburgh Castle forms the impressive backdrop for the world-famous Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks
  • The Christmas decorations at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
    The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow at Christmas
  • A skier on his descent of the spring ski run at the Glencoe Ski Centre
    Glencoe Ski Centre

Enjoy a Christmas break in Scotland and you’ll find plenty opportunities to enjoy all aspects of the season, from buying presents and admiring sparkling lights and decorations to enjoying a wee dram by the fire in a cosy log cabin.

Winter festivals

Scotland’s winter festivals ensure you get the most from your Christmas break, as towns and cities come to life with the festive spirit and offer special events, markets, fairs, seasonal dining options and more.

In Glasgow, Scotland’s capital for shopping, you’ll find a fantastic choice of gifts, including toys from Hamleys, unique trinkets in the Merchant City and an excellent range of Scottish and continental delicacies at the popular Christmas markets.

The Edinburgh celebrations are centred round Princes Street Gardens, where a large Ferris wheel, ice rink, Christmas markets and tree lights really create a magical, festive feel.

Enjoy a dazzling array of family entertainment, events and attractions this festive season at the biggest-ever Perth Winter Festivals which will include the city’s annual Christmas Lights Festival and Santa Parade as well as Scotland’s first outdoor chocolate festival, a traditional Christmas market, an ice rink, and much more.

You can enjoy similar scenes throughout November and December across the country, where nativities, craft fairs, concerts, reindeers and parade events really bring the Christmas spirit to life. 

Days out at Christmas time

Enjoy a festive day out at stately homes, castles, country parks and other top attractions during November and December and you’re likely to come across all kinds of seasonal delights. Stirling Castle is well worth a visit, as the castle hosts a Christmas Shopping Fayre with Scottish crafts, food and drink on sale. Learn about the castle's iconic history, before taking a crisp winter walk around the grounds.

Where to stay on a Christmas break

Choose from a range of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation. Weekend and weeklong packages are often available as well as last minute deals and off-peak tariffs. For a Christmas getaway in the country considers a cosy cabin, of if you’re planning a party, consider exclusive use venues.

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