Unfortunately due to Covid-19 the usual major Christmas markets and Hogmanay events were cancelled for 2020, as well as many other annual events. Please check with event organisers before making any travel plans for 2021.
29 October - 15 November 2020
Glasgow Botanic Gardens will be transformed at Halloween in a spectacular sound and light show which was incredibly popular when it was launched in 2018.
21 October - 15 November 2020, Hopetoun House near Edinburgh
New for 2020. Set on spectacular estate of the magnificent Hopetoun House near Edinburgh. The grounds are lit up with features and effects to create a magical, mystical woodland journey on a 2-km trail. Tickets must be bought online in advance.
4 November - 18 December 2020, Brodie Castle
The National Trust for Scotland has illuminated the grounds around Brodie Castle near Forres in Moray.
Christmas at the Botanics
27 November 2020 - 3 January 2021, Edinburgh
Now in its fouth year at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, this festive illuminated trail showcases the gardens after dark.
For winter 2022:
The Enchanted Forest
29 September - 30 October 2022, Pitlochry, Perthshire
Scotland’s premier light and sound event uses the autumnal splendour of Faskally Wood as a natural backdrop to a glittering and original experience that is simply spectacular. Each year has a different theme.
Nearby B&Bs - Northlands Bed and Breakfast in Pitlochry and Brae House by Aberfeldy, Woodcroft House in Perth
As spectacular as these light installations can be, nothing can rival the famous Northern Lights (also called the Aurora Borealis). The darker skies of autumn and winter (October - March) give the best viewing conditions for these colourful merry dancers. The frequency of sightings can depend on sunspot activity which is governed by an 11-year solar cycle. Generally the best chances to see them are in places with low light pollution such as the coastline around the Highlands and Islands. Numerous areas in Scotland have 'Dark Sky' status including Wester Ross in the north-west Highlands and the Galloway Forest in Dumfries & Galloway. The Tomintoul and Glenlivet area of the Cairngorms is the most northerly Dark Sky Park in the world (and the darkest in the UK). Moffat (in Dumfries & Galloway) is a Dark Sky Town thanks to special street lighting. On our web site you can read about Stargazing in Galloway.