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 on 30 November, to Burns Night on 25 January and Hogmanay in between, Scotland’s Winter Festivals are designed to celebrate the spirit and fun of Scotland’s winter season.

The programme brings people together from all over the world to celebrate Scotland’s heritage, traditions and modern culture through the best of Scottish music, food and drink, arts and entertainment. The 2018/2019 Winter Festivals programme supported a dynamic range of 23* new and existing events across 17 Local Authority areas. Last year, the programme extended its geographical reach into previously unsupported regions with events in Aberdeen and the Isle of Skye.

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

Funding for 2018/2019 has now closed (Friday 18 May 2018).

For any enquiries about events taking place across national days in 2019/2020, please contact the EventScotland team on 0131 472 2313 or information@eventscotland.orgIf you have previously received Scotland’s Winter Festivals funding and have been allocated an Event Manager, please contact them in the first instance to discuss support. 

Photo: Aberdeen's Hogmanay (courtesy Aberdeen City Council/Firstpix Photography)

*Multiple events delivered activity on both St Andrews Day and Burns Night.

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.

Scotland's Winter Festivals 2018/2019 event fund is now closed. 

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