With the Edinburgh Festival behind us and the warm summer days drawing to a close, it’s time to enjoy a quieter (albeit slightly wetter) Edinburgh. While autumn and winter herald in a colder, wetter time in our favourite city, with so many wonderful autumn and winter festivals in Edinburgh still to look forward to, no amount of rain, sleet or snow can dampen our festival spirit.
Autumn Festivals in Edinburgh
Autumn in Edinburgh may be a little wetter than the rest of the year, but the weather isn’t the only thing to undergo a change. Come the blissful autumnal months, the UK’s greenest city is transformed into a blazing array of reds, oranges and gold throughout the city. And if you are in Edinburgh in autumn, there are a number of wonderful autumn festivals and events to look forward to. From the 20th until the 31st of October, you can enjoy a tale or two at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival – a twelve-day celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity. Old Hallows Eve is a celebration of all things weird, wonderful and downright spooky. And where better to celebrate Halloween than in one of the most haunted cities in the world? Then bundle up for Bonfire Night as we remember, remember the 5th of November of gunpowder treason plot.
Winter Festivals in Edinburgh
As the autumn festivals get underway, the promise of twinkling lights, outdoor ice rinks, Christmas markets and traditional ceilidhs waits quietly in the wings. With St Andrew’s Day celebrations, Edinburgh’s Christmas, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and Burns Night festivities, Edinburgh’s winter festival line-up is just as impressive as its summer counterpart. From Christmas shopping in Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets, ice skating in St Andrews Square and running the Christmas Tree Maze, to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party, addressing the Haggis and a hearty helping of traditional Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, warming up to winter in Edinburgh has never been easier.
With so many wonder autumn and winter festivals in Edinburgh on the horizon, book your autumn and winter break today!