Embracing the Festive Spirit: December in Scotland

Stephenie McGucken Student Services Officer


November 27, 2018

Scotland embraces the holidays with festive theatre productions, month-long markets in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and other special events around the country.  Be sure to make the most of the holiday spirit in Scotland by experiencing some of what is on offer!


Chinese Lanterns

Through 17 February 2019, Entry Times Vary, Edinburgh Zoo, £20 on door

Explore Edinburgh Zoo in a new way and see hand-crafted Chinese lanterns.

King’s Panto: Beauty & the Beast

1 December - 20 January 2019, Times Vary, King’s Theatre,  £17.50-£35.00

Experience a traditional Panto at one of Edinburgh’s iconic theatres.

24 Doors of Advent

1 December - 24 December, Times and Locations Vary

Explore different places across town from art studios to historic sites.


3D2D Christmas Art & Design Fair

1 and 2 December, 10:30 - 5, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, £2

Discover a range of objects made by local artists and designers. Perfect for that something special holiday shopping!

Merchant Voices Christmas Concert

8 December, 7:30, City Halls, £10

Join Glasgow’s community choir, Merchant Voices, for their Christmas concert featuring seasonal favourites.

Santa Dash

9 December, George Square, £15

Don your Santa costume & set off on a 5k through Glasgow to raise money for Beatson Cancer Charity.

Ginfall Festival

15 December, Pollokshields Burgh Hall, Two Session (12 &5:30), £16


Enjoy an afternoon or evening with festive gin cocktails and sampling!

St Andrews

Christmas Cocktails

2 December, 4-7pm, Hotel Du Vin, £25

Join St Andrew’s The Other Guys for a special evening of Christmas cocktails to benefit Breast Cancer Care & Down Syndrome Scotland.

Christmas for All

8 December, All Day, Lower College Lawn, Various Prices

Enjoy a special Christmas Market & activities all day.



Falkirk Wheel, Nightly until 2 January, Various Times £18

Explore the Antonine Wall at night with light displays.

Christmas Fayre at Stirling Castle

4 December, 6-9pm, £6

Shop local goods and crafts in style at Stirling Castle’s annual Christmas Fayre.

The Nutcracker

3-9 December, Times Vary, £17/15

Get into the holiday spirit with The Nutcracker.