November Events in Scotland

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… With just under two months to go and Halloween out of sight, November is the beginning of the festive season and we cannot wait! So get out your best cardigans and head to Scotland for a winter extravaganza unlike any other.

1) Edinburgh Christmas Markets (16 November – 4 January)

Princes Street Gardens becomes a winter wonderland as it transforms into the world-famous Edinburgh Christmas Markets. Expect rides, games and gluhwein for 6 weeks as the city finds a way to enjoy the cold weather.

2) Edinburgh Oktober Fest (30 October – 3 November) (Princes Street Gardens)

Grab your leiderhosen and head to Princes Street Gardens for some oompa and steins at the annual Edinburgh Oktober Fest. Book your tickets and find out more on

3) Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (28 October – 2 November) (Royal Theatre Glasgow)

Agatha Christie’s long-running murder mystery has a short run at the Royal Theatre in Glasgow. If you haven’t seen it yet, then book tickets soon to understand why it is the longest running show of this type in the world! You can get tickets on

4) Castle of Light (14 November – 22 December) (Edinburgh Castle)

Lighting up Edinburgh’s most distinctive landmark is one of the city’s favourite things to do, but no nights compare to the Castle of Light event held over a few nights every winter. Go check out their website ( for the dates and prices of this great annual event.

5) Glasgow Christmas Markets (9 November – 31 December) (George Square and St Enoch Square)

Glasgow is not one to be left behind and their Christmas Market promises to be bigger and better than last year. Set across 2 venues, Glasgow will soon be every bit as festive as Edinburgh. You can find out more about the event on

6) Oban Winter Festival (15 – 24 November)

The seaside town of Oban is one of our favourite spots in the country. During the festival, the cute town will host ceilidhs; parades; markets and live music. Get yourself down to Oban to see the town in full festive mode this winter!

7) Book Week Scotland (18 – 24 November)

Taking place at venues across Scotland, Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of those people who bring stories to life and fill our imaginations with wonder. You can find out more about the events on their website

We still have beds available at our Edinburgh Hostels for New Years Eve! Book yourself a spot in one of our 3 centrally located hostels and bring in the new year in style!

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