Scotland's Winter Festivals

SCOTLAND’S WINTER FESTIVALS IS A UNIQUE AND DISTINCTIVE PROGRAMME OF EVENTS DESIGNED TO CELEBRATE SCOTLAND'S THREE NATIONAL DAYS, ST ANDREWS DAY, HOGMANAY AND BURNS NIGHT. 
From toasting our patron saint on St Andrew’s Day, November 30, to Burns Night suppers on January 25, and with Hogmanay in between, Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme is designed to celebrate the spirit and fun of Scotland’s winter season, all warmed up with a range of exciting events and activity throughout the country.
EventScotland, part of VisitScotland, manages Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund.
The 2015/2016 Winter Festivals programme supported a dynamic range of 23 events across 14 Local Authority areas, bringing together people from all over the world to celebrate Scotland’s modern culture and traditions through the best of Scottish music, arts, food and drink, innovation and entertainment. This included events such as Oban Winter Festival; Edinburgh’s Hogmanay; events at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh; Museum Lates at The Hunterian in Glasgow; Hogmanay at an Lanntair in Stornoway; the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries; and the Alloway 1759 Festival. 
For more information on what to see and do during winter in Scotland go to visitscotland.com/winter 
For information on Scotland’s national days and wider partner activity go to scotland.org/winter

Scotland's Winter Festivals is a unique and distinctive programme of events designed to celebrate Scotland's three national days - St Andrew's Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night.

From toasting our patron saint on St Andrew’s Day, 30 November, to Burns Night on January 25, and with Hogmanay in between, Scotland’s Winter Festivals is designed to celebrate the spirit and fun of Scotland’s winter season, all warmed up, with a range of exciting events and activity throughout the country.

The programme brings people together from all over the world to celebrate Scotland’s heritage and modern culture and traditions through the best of Scottish music, arts, food and drink and entertainment.

EventScotland, part of VisitScotland, manages the Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund.

The 2016/2017 Winter Festivals programme supported a dynamic range of 24 events across 15 Local Authority areas, with over 300,000 attendances across all funded events. A number of brand new events were added to the programme last year, including Glasgow’s St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Festival, Red Red Rose Street and Illumination: Harbour Festival of Light.

Scotland's Winter Festivals event fund has now closed for the 2017/2018 programme (Friday 12 May 2017). 

Event organisers will be notified of the outcomes of funding applications by 12 July 2017.

Events are also encouraged to align activity to the relevant Themed Year where possible: the 2017 Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology; or the 2018 Year of Young People.

If you would like to discuss the fund and a potential future application, there are a number of ways to get in touch. If you have received Scotland’s Winter Festivals funding before and have an allocated Event Manager then you should get in touch with them to discuss support in the first instance. If you have not received support previously you should get in touch with Rhona Corscadden, Senior Event Manager, on 0131 472 2313 to discuss whether or not your event may be eligible for support. If Rhona is not available, any of the Event Managers within the team are also able to discuss the funding opportunity.

The Application Form is available on request. 

Photo: Stirling Castle fireworks from the esplanade, Hogmanay 2016

Click here for more information on what to see and do during winter in Scotland >>

Click here for information on Scotland’s national days and wider partner activity >>

Apply For Funding

Funding is currently closed for the 2014-15 event programme.
If you have been funded through the programme previously and are looking to be involved again then you should contact your allocated event manager, otherwise you should get in touch with Rhona Corscadden, Senior Events Manager, on 0131 472 2316 or by emailing rhona.corscadden@eventscotland.org to discuss your event to see if it fits with the criteria for support.
Full application and criteria is available from your allocated event manager.

Download Application Guidelines.

Please note Scotland's Winter Festivals event fund has now closed for the 2017/2018 programme (Friday 12 May 2017). 

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