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, German market and tree lights really create a magical, festive feel.
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. Glamis Castle in Dundee & Angus is well worth a visit in winter when, as well taking in over 600 years of fascinating history, you can enjoy carol concerts, floral art displays and Santa’s grotto before taking a crisp winter walk around the estate.
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.