Festival Season Continues Through Winter
Just because the summer is over, it doesnt mean festivities stop in the Scottish capital. Known as the Festival City, Edinburgh is the perfect place for you and a group of friends to experience that festival atmosphere if you cant afford the likes of Snowbombing and Altitude.
With a great deal of Edinburgh hotels to choose from, its easy to find a room for the night, so why not start planning an exciting festival-inspired trip to Edinburgh this winter?
Recognised as one of the best cities in the UK to spend Christmas, Edinburgh comes to life in the winter with three months of celebrations, starting on 5th November with Bonfire Night and continuing until 25th January 2013.
There are a number of great opportunities to admire the fireworks in Edinburgh on 5th November, but the big bonfire night celebration is at Meadowbank Sports Centre, where local radio DJ Big Al will provide entertainment prior to the fireworks display. Nearby towns offer stiff competition though, with the Linlithgow Bonfire and Fireworks Display at the Rugby Club regularly attracting crowds of 3000 for its barbeque, bonfire and fireworks, and the Hopetoun Bonfire Night which has a busy program of events, including funfair rides, fire jugglers, dancers, food stalls and pantomime villain Grant Stott.
An indication that Christmas is just around the corner, the citys festive lights are switched on in the evening, this year taking place on 29th November. You can start celebrating in the daytime though, by visiting the ice rink, Christmas markets and or just doing some early Christmas shopping on the high street. Last years event also saw a light projection display and a procession on George Street, before the lighting of the Norweigan Christmas tree. Pipers then led the crowd to St Andrews Square for a talent-filled dance and music show.
St Andrews Day
Each year, on 30th November, the city comes to life with Ceilidhs. So if you really want to get into the spirit of things, why not join in with some traditional Scottish country dancing to lively tunes played by a local band? With instructors on hand nearly all the time, there really is no excuse not to get involved.
Signaling the end of Edinburghs fantastic winter festival calendar of events is Burns Night on 25th January, which celebrates the works of poet Robert Burns. With traditional food and drink being key to any Burns celebration, why not attend a formal Burns supper at one of Edinburghs lavish venues such as the Prestonfield House Hotel?
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Weather for Falkirk
Saturday 25 May 2013
Temperature: 7 C to 16 C
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind direction: South west
Temperature: 10 C to 15 C
Wind Speed: 16 mph
Wind direction: South west