Edinburgh's Winter Festivals

St. Andrew's Day to Burn's Night

It's probably too early to be talking panto already. Oh no it isn't! The nights are drawing in, and theatre's starry spangled season of loud-coloured sets, men in dresses, leggy boys, raucous bouts of audience participation and, likely, lashings of innuendo to keep the older folk in the audience involved in the proceedings is on its way.

Buses, taxis and cycles are to return to Princes Street by the end of November say Edinburgh City Council.

This year's Hogmanay festival in Edinburgh will premiere a Scottish, multicultural dance and music show "Off Kilter" created by Unique Events (organisers of the Edinburgh Hogmanay event), Dance Base, and the Festival Theatre with £343,000 funding from the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

Santa Weekend marks Santa's arrival at West Princes Street Gardens (10am-6pm each day).

Scotland's national day of celebration sees a weekend long government-sponsored fest in Princes Street Gardens West, dubbed the St. Andrew's DO.

The Scottish Government is building on the St. Andrew's Day

The weather was dreich and X Factor winner and christmas chart-topper Leon Jackson couldn't sing after all because he had tonsillitis, but spirits were far from dampened at last night's Hogmanay festivities in Edinburgh.

For those worried about a repetition of last year's Hogmanay debacle where gale force winds caused the organisers to cancel the Hogmanay celebrations at the last minute, the weather outlook for tonight's bash is relatively encouraging.

The final of one of the oldest professional athletics races in the world takes place today at Musselburgh Racecourse, 6 miles east of Edinburgh. The New Year Sprint final has taken place around New Year's Day annually since 1870. Today racers compete in the 139th event.