Every season is a good reason to visit Scotland. This stunning country has natural landscapes and events that attract thousands of tourists annually. And if it’s your destination for this colder season, here are some events to celebrate the Scottish‘s culture and its heritage:
Festival of The Dead | (9 Nov 2019) – A unique combination of carnival, circus, clubbing and theatre comes to the O2 Academy in Glasgow on 9 November to celebrate the Mexican holiday Dia de Muertos. Giant puppets, performers and dancers transport attendees straight to the afterlife with an evening of exciting and immersive performances. Tickets start from £23.15
Oban Winter Festival | (15-24 Nov 2019) – The award-winning 10-day festive event with markets, parades, ceilidhs, live music, and art exhibitions returns to Oban for another year over 15th-24th November 2019. With ice rinks, reindeer parades and Victorian Markets all taking place within the compact town centre of Oban, the winter festival is a brilliant chance to kick start the festivities with all the family.
Edinburgh Zoo Giant Lanterns | (15 Nov 2019- 26 Jan) – Discover over 570 million years of wildlife from the time of dinosaurs and the Ice Age, at the third Edinburgh Zoo Giant Lantern Festival. This year the festival has created an extended route with over 600 brand new lanterns. The event runs from 15 November 2019- 26 January 2020 and tickets cost £22. Under threes go free.
Edinburgh’s Christmas | (16 Nov 2019- 4 Jan 2020) – Underbelly launch their legendary six-week long Christmas event in the Scottish capital on 16 November- 4 January, which includes the traditional Christmas Market on East Princes Street Garden, rides and stalls, a Christmas tree maze, the famous Forth 1 Big Wheel as well as various festive shows and events throughout the city.
Christmas Foodies Festival | (22-24 Nov 2019) – Foodies Festival returns to Edinburgh but with a festive twist! Usually hosted in the summer months at Inverleith park, Foodies Festival have now started travelling across the country during the festive season to showcase the very best festive food and drink vendors, as well as offering workshops and demonstrations to help people get ready for Christmas. The event runs 22-24 November 2019 at the EICC. Tickets start from £10.
Dundee Mountain Film Festival | (28-30 Nov 2019) – The UK’s longest continuous running mountain film festival returns to Dundee for its 37th year on 28-30 November. The festival has an international programme of speakers, workshops, award-winning exhibitions as well as art, photography and trade stands. Displays and exhibitions will be held between Bonar Hall, The Steps Theatre, Wellgate Centre, and Dundee Central Library. Ticket prices vary from £6-£37.
St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade | (30 Nov 2019) – The St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade returns to Glasgow’s West End for its 3rd year on 30 November to celebrate the national day of Scotland and our patron saint, St Andrew. The Parade is open and accessible to everyone and will include a variety of family-friendly activities such as storytelling, lantern-making workshops, street performances, and face painting. The procession will depart from the Botanic Gardens and finish at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Tickets start from £5
Edinburgh Hogmanay Programme Announced | (30 Dec 2019- 1 Jan 2020) – Edinburgh’s Hogmanay have recently released the programme for the world-famous celebrations for 2019. The events run from 30 December- 1 January starting with a Torchlit Procession through the heart of the iconic Old Town, with unique events like the infamous Loony Dook at South Queensferry and live performances from big names like Mark Ronson and Symphonic Ibiza throughout the rest of the celebrations. Times and tickets for each event vary.