Winter Festivals in Edinburgh

Our Favourite Winter Festivals, Edinburgh 2022-23

We’ve already looked at our top 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…

Edinburgh Horror Festival

27 – 31 October 2022

As the nights get darker, the Edinburgh Horror Festival arrives to celebrate all things spooky and scary. It runs for the five 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

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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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

Magic Fest

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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 Christmas

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

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

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Our world famous Hogmanay Celebrations welcome the new year in style! With street parties, concerts, ceilidhs, torchlight processions and also spectacular fireworks, there is an electric atmosphere in Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve.

Burns and Beyond

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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 Winter Festivals

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 winter festival stay with us at Parliament House Hotel.