Autumn/Winter Festivals in Edinburgh

Our favourite autumn/winter festivals, Edinburgh 2023 – 24

We’ve already looked at our top spring/summer festivals in Edinburgh. But remember, our amazing city has a year-round calendar of festivals and special events. So today, we’re turning our attention to the best autumn/winter festivals in Edinburgh. As the weather starts to cool down, the action just keeps hotting up! So let’s take a look at what’s coming up, from our spectacular Christmas celebrations to the famous Hogmanay street party…


5 – 8 October 2023

A Bavarian Oktoberfest comes to Princes Street Gardens this October. Enjoy German beer and food, such as bratwurst, schnitzel and pretzels. Dance to live music from traditional Bavarian bands and soak up the fantastic atmosphere. Lederhosen is optional, but encouraged!

Beer and pretzels at Oktoberfest

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

13 – 29 October 2023

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival celebrates the art of live storytelling through a varied and exciting programme. Based at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile, events feature everything from traditional tales to new stories, from all around the world. There are also workshops, discussions, music and dancing.

A microphone set up on stage for a live performance

Edinburgh Horror Festival

26 – 31 October 2023

As the nights get darker, the Edinburgh Horror Festival arrives to celebrate all things spooky and scary. It runs for the six days leading up to Halloween. Featuring a programme of theatre, movies, comedy, magic, poetry, games, workshops, interactive events and so much more. 

Old gravestones in a burial ground

Edinburgh’s Christmas

Late November 2023 – early January 2024

Edinburgh’s spectacular Christmas Festival lights up the city from mid to late November each year. So enjoy shopping at the traditional Christmas markets, attending shows and concerts, and taking a spin on the rides and attractions. The perfect way to get into the festive spirit this winter in Edinburgh.

The lights and market at the Edinburgh Christmas Festival

Magic Fest

December 2023

Edinburgh Magic Festival usually takes place over the festive period. Presenting a magical line-up of productions to dazzle and delight. From small and intimate performances to grand magic shows. Taking place across a wide variety of Edinburgh venues, such as theatres, castles and museums.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

29 December 2023 – 1 January 2024

Our world-famous Hogmanay celebrations welcome the new year in style! With a torchlight procession, street party, concerts, events and also spectacular fireworks, there is an electric atmosphere in Edinburgh over the new year.

Fireworks over Edinburgh Castle

Burns and Beyond

25 – 28 January 2024

Taking place around Burns Night each winter, Burns and Beyond is a celebration of the life and legacy of our national poet, Robert Burns. Featuring special arts and cultural events in venues throughout the city. With a programme of live music, dance, comedy, poetry and art.

Statue of Robert Burns in Edinburgh

Visit Edinburgh for the autumn/winter festivals

Autumn/winter is a truly magical time to visit our beautiful city, which looks even more spectacular when lit up over the festive period. So take a look at our fantastic special offers and plan your festival stay with us at Parliament House Hotel.