Scotland set to celebrate St Andrew's Day with events around the country
- Year of Creative Scotland
- 16 November 2012
Music, dance and history events all celebrate Scottish heritage on and around 30 November
Winter in Scotland is all about getting cosy with the most delectable comfort foods and about having a good old knees-up to mark our most important cultural celebrations - St Andrew's Day, Christmas, Hogmanay and Burns Night. Scotland's Winter Festivals' vibrant event programme brings together people from all over the world to celebrate Scotland's modern culture and traditions through the best of Scottish music, arts, food and drink, innovation and entertainment.
Things kick off with St Andrew's celebrations at the end of November, when many of the country's top visitor attractions will open to the public for free over the weekend of 1-2 December. Look out for details on Historic Scotland's popular ticket giveaways at over 40 properties.
Emergency Exits Arts, one of the UK's leading participatory arts companies, have created a show especially for the St Andrew's celebrations that promises an amazing Scottish carnival of contemporary dance, a fantastic light show, dazzling fireworks and a unique twist on the sound of pipes and drums, all performed on the Edinburgh Castle esplanade on the evening of 30 November.
You can party in Glasgow from 30 November through to 2 December beginning with a packed weekend of traditional ceilidh music fused with modern rock. Keep the cold at bay with a wee jig - and by having hot toddies at the ready!
Over the same weekend, choirs will be popping up as part of Scotland Sings. From Gaelic choirs in Paisley to a Singing Trail in Perth, make sure you join in and sing from the rooftops! Out in East Lothian, The Saltire (24 Nov-2 Dec) celebrates the history of our national flag, while Fife devotes a whole festival to the celebration of our patron saint in the form of the St Andrews Festival which takes place from 23 Nov-2 Dec.
For more information on what's happening over winter, including Hogmanay and Burns Night events, visit scotland.org/winter.
Year of Creative Scotland is helping to spotlight, celebrate and promote Scotland's cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Find out all that this special year has to offer at www.visitscotland.com/creative.