Scottish Events To Look Forward To In December

Scottish culture and traditions thrive throughout the year, with numerous events held throughout the summer months to keep the cultural spirit alive. However, nothing beats the excitement of the festive season in Scotland. From distributing presents on Christmas Eve to sampling merry menu specials during New Year’s, there are plenty of opportunities to embrace this magical time of year. Whatever your plans are for December, it’s worth making a point of attending one of these brilliant Scottish events. A mixture of unique activities and traditional celebrations are set to take place across the country from Argyll to Dundee and beyond. There’s something for everyone; take a look at our list below for more information:

Food & Drink Festivals

There are a number of food and drink festivals taking place over December. If you’re a fan of high tea, you might want to head to The Crompton, a boutique hotel in Edinburgh. Every Sunday in December, they’re hosting Afternoon Tea at the Crompton. Or if you’re planning on visiting Glasgow, you can head to The Mackintosh Church Café and experience their Advent Calendar. This features a different themed tea every day. If you’re a whisky and gin lover, you’re in luck. The first ever Edinburgh Gin Festival will take place in December with a variety of events including tastings, gin-tastic cocktails, and workshops. And the 10th annual Whisky Festival Scotland will be taking place at the end of the month.

Music Festivals

There are three music festivals taking place across Scotland this December. The first is the RockNess Festival, which is set to take place between 29th December and 1st January in Inverness, Highland. This is a three-day festival that attracts around 30,000 people each year. The line-up features the likes of Clean Bandit, Rudimental, and The Wombats. The next is the SWN Festival, which takes place in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. This event is a two-day festival that attracts around 6,000 people. The line-up for this event is yet to be announced. The last is the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, which is a four-day event taking place in Beauly, Inverness-shire. It attracts around 25,000 people every year and features the likes of The Proclaimers and Ash.

Theatre & Arts Festivals

If you’re a theatre or arts fan, you’re in luck. There are a number of fascinating theatre and arts festivals taking place in December. The first is the Edinburgh International Festival, which is a 17-day world-class arts event. It takes place between 29th August and 14th September in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is another exciting arts event taking place between 2nd August and 26th August. The world’s largest arts festival takes place at various venues across the city and features an array of performances. The last is the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, which takes place between 14th and 27th August. It features a variety of stand-up acts, cabaret performances, and sketch shows and attracts around 200,000 visitors every year.

Sports Events

There are a number of sports events taking place in Scotland in December. The first is the Scottish Open, which is a professional golf tournament being held between 13th and 18th December at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire. The last is the Scottish Open Squash, which is a professional squash tournament taking place between 13th and 17th December at the Aberdeen Squash Centre in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire. The third is the Scottish Open Curling, which is a professional curling tournament taking place between 13th and 17th December at the Braehead Curling Club in Glasgow, Glasgow. The last is the Scottish Open Badminton, which is a professional badminton tournament taking place between 13th and 17th December at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Glasgow.

Christmas Activities

If you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit, there are plenty of activities taking place across Scotland over December. You can experience the Christmas Wonders of the Urquhart Castle, which is a spectacular light show that takes place between 1st November and 31st January at the Urquhart Castle in Inverness, Highland. You can also visit the Christmas at Drum Castle in Perth, Perthshire, which is a spectacular event featuring a light show, Santa’s grotto, festive food, and live entertainment. You can also visit the Christmas at Crathes, which is a fantastic event featuring a festive light show, Christmas shop, festive food, and live entertainment.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

New Year’s Eve is a night to remember, and celebrations in Scotland are sure to be unforgettable. The first is the New Year’s at the Old Inn in Inverness, which is a fantastic event featuring a fireworks display, live music, a champagne toast, and a host of great activities. The next is the New Year’s at the House at Cromlix in Dunmore, which is a spectacular event featuring a champagne toast, live music, a four-course meal, and a midnight fireworks display. You can also visit the New Year’s Celebrations at the Bothwell Castle, which is a magical event featuring a champagne toast, live music, a four-course meal, and a midnight fireworks display.

Other Exciting Events To Look Out For

Hogmanay: Scotland’s biggest New Year celebration takes place in Edinburgh. This event has a long history, dating back to at least the 19th century. It takes place between 29th December and 1st January and attracts around 500,000 people every year. – Burns Night: Scotland’s national day takes place on 25th January. It commemorates the birthday of national poet Robert Burns, who was born in 1759. Celebrations often involve eating haggis, drinking whisky, and reciting Burns’ poetry. – Royal Highland Show: The Royal Highland Show is a three-day agricultural event that takes place between 27th July and 29th July in Ingliston, Edinburgh. The event attracts around 250,000 visitors every year and features everything from livestock competitions to food and drink tastings.

 

There are plenty of events taking place in Scotland this December. Whether you’re a theatre or arts fan, sports lover, food lover, or someone who just loves a good party, there are plenty of events to enjoy. From the Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh to the Royal Highland Show in Ingliston, there are many exciting events taking place in Scotland this December.

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