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November 2019

Glasgow Loves Christmas

November 9 - December 31
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Magical events, shopping and festive fun in the heart of the city. Info: www.glasgowloveschristmas.com

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Edinburgh’s Christmas

November 16, 2019 - January 4, 2020
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Edinburgh's Christmas is a spectacular, six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the city centre and also a Christmas Market. Info: www.edinburghschristmas.com

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December 2019

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Ceilidh

December 11
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Join our traditional music students for their annual, rip-roaring, toe-tapping ceilidh in the home of Scottish music, the National Piping Centre. www.rcs.ac.uk

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The Red Chilli Pipers Live

December 13
Aberdeen – Scotland Aberdeen, Scotland

A unique brand of 'bag rock' (that's bagpipes plus rock, if you were wondering) with stirring tunes and energetic performances. Expect everything from 'Flower of Scotland' to Coldplay's 'Clocks', via AC/DC and Deep Purple at Music Hall, Union St. Info: www.redhotchillipipers.co.uk

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Glamis Castle Christmas Markets

December 13 - December 15
Glamis United Kingdom

Celebrate the festive season at Glamis Castle, with winter walks, holiday stalls, tours and more. Info: www.glamis-castle.co.uk

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Lanark Christmas Ceilidh

December 13
Lanark United Kingdom

Festive ceilidh dance led by the Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band. Lanark Memorial Hall welcomes the Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band for an evening of foot stomping tunes and Christmas ceilidhing. Info: [email protected]

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Happy Christmas

December 25
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

Wishing all our readers and friends a very Happy Christmas and festive season!

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

December 30, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Edinburgh's Hogmanay is one of the world's greatest New Year celebrations, including street party, torchlight procession, ceilidh and more. Join for three days of spectacular events, as Edinburgh shows the world how to party! Info: www.edinburghshogmanay.com

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Happy Hogmany

December 31
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

The Scottish Banner wishes all our readers and friends a very Happy Hogmanay and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020!

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Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony

December 31
Stonehaven – Scotland Stonehaven, Kincardineshire Scotland

The Fireball Ceremony is Stonehaven's unique way to welcome in the New Year and greet friends and neighbours. As the midnight chimes ring out on December 31st, approximately 40 men and women parade up and down the High Street swinging fiercely flaming balls around their heads. Info: www.stonehavenfireballs.co.uk

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January 2020

The Loony Dook

January 1, 2020
South Queensferry West Lothian United Kingdom

The Loony Dook continues its New Year’s Day tradition at South Queensferry. In the shadow of the Forth Bridges, the dippers in fancy dress, scantily clad or even fully clothed from the night before will brave the chill to raise money for charities while shaking off their Hogmanay hangover. Dookers will march the length of ... Read more

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Celtic Connections

January 16, 2020 - February 2, 2020
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Celtic Connections is the largest winter music festival of its kind and the UK’s premier celebration of Celtic music. Info: www.celticconnections.com

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Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring

January 19, 2020 - January 21, 2020
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Over 500 companies exhibit thousands of products in Clothing, Textiles, Jewellery, Fashion Accessories, Clan Products, Beauty & Bath Products, Stationery, Giftware, Gift Food & Speciality Fine Food at Glasgow’s SEC-trade only event. Info: www.spring.scotlandstradefairs.co.uk

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Scots Music Group-Celebrating Robert Burns

January 21, 2020
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Join friends from Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories celebrating Scotland’s national bard. Held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. All welcome to listen or bring a turn and join in! Info: www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com

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Big Burns Supper 2020

January 23, 2020 - February 2, 2020
Dumfries – Scotland Dumfries, Scotland

Dumfries, one of Scotland’s friendliest towns flings open its doors for 114 events across 11 days of top-class music, comedy, dance and cabaret at the world’s biggest contemporary Burns celebration. Info: www.bigburnssupper.com

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Happy Burns Night

January 25, 2020

Celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns. The tradition of the Burns Night Supper was first held in 1801 by the poet’s friends, five years after his death.

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Up Helly Aa

January 28, 2020
Lerwick – Scotland Lerwick, Shetland Scotland

Taking place annually on the last Tuesday of January in the town of Lerwick, the Shetland’s Viking Fire Festival, or Up Helly Aa as it’s known locally, is the largest event of its kind in Europe. Thousands of visitors from across the world travel to this northernmost corner of Scotland to join in this Scandinavian ... Read more

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February 2020

Oor Wullie

February 3, 2020 - February 8, 2020
Ayr – Scotland Ayr, Scotland

Jings, Crivvens, Help Ma Boab! Scotland’s cheekiest, spiky-haired scamp is back! Only question is; where’s his bucket?! Join Wullie, Fat Boab, Soapy Soutar, Wee Eck, and the rest of the Sunday Post gang, in a brand new musical adventure celebrating their 80th anniversary as Scotland’s most beloved comic strip. Info: www.thegaiety.co.uk/oor-wullie

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The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival

February 7, 2020 - February 22, 2020
Stornoway Isle of Lewis United Kingdom

Two weeks of arts and astronomy events to the Isle of Lewis, with an ambitious and exciting programme spanning theatre, live music, film, visual art, food, astronomy talks, and stargazing. Info: www.lanntair.com/creative-programme/darkskies

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Decade from The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland

February 8, 2020
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Join the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland for their next concert "Decade", will see the band perform a fantastic mixture of traditional and contemporary music infused with the ever so popular NYPBoS twist at the Corn Exchange. Info: www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/play/national-youth-pipe-band-of-scotland/events

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SPECTRA 2020

February 13, 2020 - February 16, 2020
Aberdeen – Scotland Aberdeen, Scotland

SPECTRA will once again light up the winter nights in Aberdeen encouraging audiences to get out and experience the city looking its best using interactive light sculptures, architectural projections and film to create new ways of exploring the city. Info: www.spectrafestival.co.uk

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The Fort William Mountain Festival

February 19, 2020 - February 23, 2020
Fort William – Scotland Fort William, Scotland

An annual festival of mountain culture with great speakers, films, exhibitions, workshops, book festival fringe events and more. Info: www.mountainfestival.co.uk

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Winkie’s Return

February 20, 2020
Dundee – Scotland Dundee, Scotland

Following 2018's excellent talk by Guy Puzey we have invited Guy back to give his talk on our WWII heroine Winkie the pigeon alongside a special guest - Winkie herself! Hear how Winkie was responsible for saving the lives of a crew on board a Beaufort Fighter Plane in 1942 at Broughty Castle Museum. Info: ... Read more

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March 2020

StAnza

March 4, 2020 - March 8, 2020
St Andrews, Fife, United Kingdom

Scotland's Poetry Festival, is held every March in St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university town. With readings, exhibitions, performances, music, film and more. Info: www.stanzapoetry.org

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International Bagpipe Day

March 10, 2020
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone. Or you can simply listen to the pipes and enjoy the sound of Scotland!

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Glasgow International Comedy Festival

March 12, 2020 - March 29, 2020
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Europe's biggest comedy festival! Info: www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com

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May 2020

Islay Festival – Feis Ile – The Islay Festival of Music and Malt

May 22, 2020 - May 30, 2020
Isle of Islay – Scotland Isle of Islay, Scotland

Every year there is a diverse programme featuring traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting. Info: www.islayfestival.com

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June 2020

Dumbarton 2020

June 4, 2020 - June 7, 2020
Dumbarton United Kingdom

The river town of Dumbarton, where the Cutty Sark was built, connects Loch Lomond with the Clyde by the River Leven. This exciting new festival of music, arts and recreational events will run over four days to celebrate how water shaped this historic town, from distilling to shipbuilding. Info: www.dumbarton2020.co.uk

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The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

June 20, 2020 - June 21, 2020
Portsoy, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom

Packed with brilliant moments, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival engages the local region, bringing together boats, music, crafts, food and drink to celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage. Info: www.stbfportsoy.org

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July 2020

The Glasgow Canal Festival

July 25, 2020
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Will introduce a Canal Carnival Flotilla, a parade of boats adorned with large-scale carnivalesque artworks that will celebrate the diversity of Glasgow's multicultural communities and the beauty of the Forth and Clyde Canal. Info: www.glasgowcanalfestival.com

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August 2020

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 7, 2020 - August 29, 2020
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

A world-class military events rooted in Scottish tradition, with hundreds of performers from across the globe, at the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. Info: www.edintattoo.co.uk

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