The best fireworks and light displays this winter

Last updated: Friday, 7 October 2022

Let there be light! Warm up over the coming months with light displays and spectacular fireworks all across Scotland.

As the nights draw in, firework displays across Scotland are set to illuminate the skies and bring joy to families. From traditional bonfire nights to ancient Celtic festivals, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And for a more relaxed experience, there are also sound and light displays to experience.

Five of the biggest firework displays

Samhuinn, Edinburgh

Monday 31 October

Girl at Samhuinn fire festival in Edinburgh

Rather than a traditional fireworks display, this unique event, which started in 1995, is a modern reinterpretation of an ancient Celtic festival. Hosted by Beltane Fire Society, it marks the end of summer and welcomes the onset of winter. The change of seasons is brought to life through wild drumming, fire-dancing, acrobatics and vibrant costumes. Holyrood Park is a 13-minute walk downhill from Edinburgh Waverley.

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Aberdeen Fireworks Night

Saturday 5 November

The evening starts at 7pm with fire jugglers and a charity firewalk before the skies above Beach Boulevard are lit up by fireworks at 8pm. The 20-minute display will be accompanied by music and the whole evening is hosted by Northsound’s Jeff and Lauren. It takes just 16-minutes to get from Aberdeen station to The Boulevard.

Visit Aberdeen Council website to find out more

Bridge of Allan Fireworks and Bonfire Spectacular

Saturday 5 November

This charity fundraiser takes place beneath the stunning Wallace Monument and features music, fire performers, food and refreshments. Strathallan Games Park is a 20 minute walk from Bridge of Allan Station.

Find out more about the event .

Perth Strathearn Round Table Bonfire Night

Saturday 5 November

View of fireworks over the city of Perth

For the first time since 2019, the spectacular annual bonfire and fireworks display returns to The Fair City. The fun starts at 6pm when the funfair opens, followed by the lighting of the bonfire at 7pm. Fireworks take to the sky from 7:30pm for what’s sure to be a great display. All of the fun takes place at the South Inch which is a short 8 minute walk from Perth Station.

Find out more on their Facebook page

GHA Rugby Club Fireworks Display, Glasgow

Saturday 5 November

With no display taking place at Glasgow Green this year, why not head south for the annual display at Glasgow Hutchesons Aloysians RFC. Expect music, food stalls and novelties. The club is an 8-minute walk from Muirend Station or 15 minutes from Giffnock Station.

Find out more on their Facebook page

Two of the biggest light shows

The Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry

Takes place until Sunday 30 October

Enchanted Forest at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry

A visit to this stunning light and music show in Perthshire will certainly leave you feeling enchanted. The show this year is aptly named ‘Together’, marking a return to normal life and making it perfect to enjoy with loved ones. As you wander through Faskally Wood near Pitlochry, you’ll find yourself mesmerised by this incredible light show, all accompanied by an original music score. It’s a two-minute walk from Pitlochry Station to the shuttle bus which ferries visitors to the event. Ticket availability is limited so be sure to book as soon as you can to guarantee the opportunity to experience this stunning light show.

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Castle of Light: A Kingdom of Colours, Edinburgh

Selected weekends in November and December

Castle of Light at Edinburgh Castle Winter 2022

The incredible light show at Edinburgh Castle is back for its third year, and is a delightful way to warm up even the coldest winter evening. Colourful projections transform the castle and immersive illuminations light the way as you explore the castle. Edinburgh Castle is a 12-minute uphill walk from Edinburgh Waverley. The event takes place on selected evenings and tickets must be booked in advance through their website.

Takes place in November on 18-20 & 25-27, and in December on 2-4, 8-11, 16-23 & 27-30.

Visit Edinburgh Castle website .

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