Festive Fun in Scotland this winter

Last updated: Thursday, 8 October 2020

Last-minute shopping, mulled wine and Christmas cheer galore all over Scotland

'Tis the season to be jolly and at ScotRail, we can connect you with the best of the festivities in Scotland’s cities. There's only two more shopping weeks to go, so get your skates on and make a trip to one of our top Christmas destinations...


The capital is the undoubted centre of festive entertainment throughout December, with the giant ferris wheel taking centre stage and Princes St Gardens lined with stalls selling everything from bratwurst to brandy snaps. Edinburgh's Christmas truly is a feast for the senses.

There's something here to suit all ages, from kids' bumper cars to the Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar. Over on George Street, the hugely popular Silent Light delivers an incredible audio-visual silent disco experience.

For just £5 you can also skate around Melville Monument at the circular ice rink in St Andrew Square, just be careful not to end up spending the rest of the holidays in A&E.

Find out more about Edinburgh's Christmas


Over in the west you'll find more Christmas markets at St Enoch and George Square, with festive crafts, street food and mistletoe aplenty.

At George Square, you can also get incredible views of the city from atop the ferris wheel, send the young 'uns flying down the helter skelter or meet Santa himself.

Scotland's shopping mecca goes all-out over the festivities, with extended opening hours across the city's style mile allowing ample time to give that credit card a proper Christmas workout.

If you're feeling flush, stock up on designer gifts at Prince's Square then head downstairs for an aperitif at the new Eden Mill gin hub.

Find out more about Glasgow Loves Christmas


It may be chilly up north, but you'll get a warm fuzzy feeling at Aberdeen Christmas Village with mulled wine, gourmet food and a plethora of festive activities.

The popular Open Air Ice Rink returns this year, bigger and better than before and in front of the stunning backdrop of Marischal College.

More adventurous thrillseekers can get their kicks from a selection of fairground rides, while the kids can enjoy the gentler pace of the Santa Express.

Aberdeen's shopping scene can rival that found in Glasgow or Edinburgh and once you're finished, the huge variety of bars and restaurants in Union Square will keep you well occupied.

Find out more about Aberdeen Christmas Village

Festive fun in Scotland's cities
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