Celebrate St Andrew's Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night with VisitScotland Winter Festivals events
Scotland's Winter Festivals will comprise twenty events across seventeen local authority areas after funding of £320,500 was confirmed by the Minister for International Development and Europe, Ben Macpherson.
From storytelling to torchlight processions, from live music to light festivals, the variety of events will welcome locals and tourists alike to celebrate Scotland’s culture, traditions and heritage.
Scotland’s Winter Festivals will welcome the world to events right across Scotland, encouraging Scots and 'Scots at heart' to join in the St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns celebrations, showcasing our unique world class tourism assets and raising Scotland’s international profile.
Announcing the funding, Ben Macpherson said: “With their exciting and diverse programme of activity, Scotland’s Winter Festivals provide a great opportunity to celebrate everything great about our wonderful country during the winter months, reaching local and international audiences alike.
“Every year, our Winter Festivals welcome hundreds of thousands of people from far and wide, who come to Scotland to celebrate St Andrew’s Day, the Christmas period, Hogmanay and Burns Night, significantly boosting the economy and engaging with our diverse communities. The festivals are an occasion to showcase our unique, world-class tourism assets to a global audience.
“St Andrew’s Day, the Christmas period, Hogmanay and Burns Night are key dates in our national calendar and I am delighted that the Scottish Government is working with partners to deliver events across all of Scotland, highlighting our contribution to the world in our own unique way.”
St Andrew's Day events 2018
Glasgow's St Andrew's Day Torchlight Parade 30 November 2018
Community torchlight procession through the streets of Glasgow’s west end to mark Scotland’s Patron Saint Day, with pipe bands, samba drummers and fire performers.Everyone is invited.
St Andrew’s Day: Where Ancient Tradition Meets Future Ambition 1 December 2018 – St Andrews. Fife
Have a hoolie in St Andrews and celebrate Scotland’s National Day with cèilidh, fireworks, music, food, drink and much more.
SEALL Festival of Small Halls 23 November - 1 December 2018 – Skye
The first of its kind in Europe, brings big music to small halls around Skye and Lochalsh. The country’s greatest trad musicians will deliver concerts, cèilidhs and music workshops to communities in remote rural areas to celebrate the unique Highland culture and Gaelic heritage connecting people across many generations. The multi-artform festival will culminate in the Big Cèilidh, a celebration for all on St Andrew’s Night at the Sligachan Hotel.
Hogmanay 2018 events
Edinburgh's Hogmanay 30 December 2018 - 1 January 2019
Marking Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 coming to a close, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay officially gets underway with a celebration Scotland’s young citizens by giving them the limelight with the fiery finale of the popular Torchlight Procession (30 Dec) sharing their #ScotArt with the world.
Stromness Yule Log Competition 31 December 2018 – Stromness, Orkney
After 80 years, the Stromness Yule Log is back! Revived for Stromness 200 last year, this old tradition returns for Hogmanay 2018.The Northenders and Soothenders will once again do battle.
Aberdeen’s Hogmanay 31 December 2018
Bring in the bells at an open-air stage on Schoolhill with live music and a spectacular firework display from the roof of His Majesty's Theatre.
Stirling’s Hogmanay 31 December 2018
Bring in the New Year on Stirling Castle Esplanade with live music, food, friends and family under spectacular fireworks displays. There can be no better place to bring in the New Year with friends.
Fire and Light 1 - 2 January 2019 – Helix Park, Falkirk
Start your New Year with a magical 4km walk around the Helix, Home of the Kelpies. The park will be transformed into an extraordinary spectacle of fire performances, interactive light installations, breath-taking puppetry, enchanting sculptures, and animated projections depicting the zodiac signs.
Burns Night 2019 events
Big Burns Supper 24 January - 3 February 2019 – Dumfries
Big Burns Supper is Scotland’s landmark Burns Night event which takes place in Dumfries and features a heady mixture of cabaret, comedy, music and entertainment in over 30 different venues as the town goes bonkers for 11 days of winter magic.
Burns and Beyond 22 - 27 January 2019 - Edinburgh
From Unique Events, the team behind the critically acclaimed ‘Scot:Lands’ is a new festival called Burns & Beyond, celebrating the life and legacy of Robert Burns and bringing together the best and brightest of Scotland’s cultural landscape. This innovative new event will invite audiences to experience free and ticketed events from 22 – 27 January in venues throughout Edinburgh city centre, including the spectacular Museum of the Moon @ St Giles’ Cathedral, The Burns Supper and a brand new Culture Trail experience. Visit www.burnsandbeyond.com for programme and ticket information.
Burns' Birthday in Mauchline 27 January 2019 – East Ayrshire
Join in the celebrations of our national bard with an afternoon of art workshops, kirkyard tours, storytelling, performances and much more at the Burns House Museum. Suitable for all the family.
Perth Riverside Light Nights - Burns Night 26 to 27 January 2019
Perth will celebrate the contribution Robert Burns has made to Scottish culture, with live entertainment and fun with a Scottish twist as part of the Riverside Light Nights event. On the Saturday, there will also be a themed parade starting in Perth city centre, and heading over the bridge to bring participants to the venue.
Burns Hame Toun 23-27 January 2019 – Alloway, South Ayrshire
Celebrate the bard in his ‘hame toun’ with a celebration street party, the world’s first Burns Supper drive thru, Burns live music nights, Alloway birthday celebrations, the only Burns Supper in the world to take place in Burns Cottage, the winner of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award and much more!
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