St Andrew’s Day in Edinburgh

Celebrating St Andrew’s Day, Edinburgh 2023

St Andrew, or Andrew the Apostle, is the patron saint of Scotland. St Andrew’s Day on 30th November each year, is Scotland’s national day. Traditional Scottish events are held across the country in his honour. The perfect activity if you’re visiting Scotland and looking to experience some of our time-honoured customs. So if you’re staying with us at Parliament House Hotel this November, here are a few St Andrew’s Day events in Edinburgh to keep you busy.

Join a traditional ceilidh dance

For a proper St Andrew’s celebration, you can’t get more Scottish than a ceilidh! This is a traditional knees-up with country dancing. Don’t worry if you don’t know the steps – a caller will walk you through each dance. There are many ceilidhs to choose from on various dates in November, including the Burly Ceilidh Club at Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh Ceilidh Club at Summerhall, and Annasach’s St Andrew’s Ceilidh at the Counting House. There will also be an outdoor St Andrews Ceilidh at the Ross Bandstand on the 26th.

Couple dancing at a ceilidh
Dance the night away at a traditional Scottish ceilidh in Edinburgh.

St Andrew’s Night concert

Join Scottish super group Blazin’ Fiddles and special guest Justin Currie of Del Amitri at the Usher Hall on 30th November for an unmissable St Andrew’s Night Concert. This fantastic night of contemporary fiddle and folk music is the perfect way to celebrate Scotland’s national day.

Violin player
Blazin’ Fiddles is a contemporary Scottish fiddle band from the Scottish Highlands.

Traditional Scottish dining

St Andrew’s Day is the perfect excuse for some Scottish scran. So book a table at one of these traditional Scottish restaurants and taste some of our national delicacies. From our national dish, haggis, neeps and tatties, to a warming dram of single malt Scotch whisky.

Haggis, neeps, tatties and whisky
Try haggis, neeps and tatties with a dram of whisky this St Andrew’s Day.

Edinburgh’s Christmas Festival

St Andrews Day also marks the start of the festive season for many of us. From Christmas markets to spectacular shows and events, Edinburgh is a winter wonderland just waiting to be explored! This year’s Christmas festival kicks off on 17th November and includes market stalls, fairground rides, ice skating and concerts. Look out for the full programme, coming soon.

The Edinburgh Christmas Festival
Edinburgh’s Christmas Festival begins in November, in time for St Andrew’s Day celebrations.

Visit Edinburgh this St Andrew’s Day

Take a look at our fantastic winter offers at Parliament Houe Hotel and book your Edinburgh break this St Andrew’s weekend!