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.
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.
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.
- Makar’s Gourmet Mash Bar
- The Piper’s Rest
- Amber Restaurant
- Whiski Rooms
- Angels with Bagpipes
- Ghillie Dhu
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.
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!