FEATURE – St Andrew’s Day events in Edinburgh 2012

St Andrew's Day celebrations 2011

St Andrew’s day events in Edinburgh 2012

There was a spectacular finale at Edinburgh Castle for St Andrew’s Day last year and this year sees another great set of events to celebrate the patron saint of Scotland – Saint Andrew.

St Andrew’s day itself falls on 30th November, but the weekend of 1st and 2nd December will also see lots of tourist attractions open their doors for free, or have special offers on entry prices.

We will update this article as more information on events come in, but please check with the venue you plan to head to as weather has stopped St Andrew’s day events going ahead in past years.

Please read each day’s events carefully as some are valid for St Andrew’s Day only and others Friday – Sunday.

There is also  St Andrew’s Day app you can download. For apple and Android. You can like St Andrew’s Day on Facebook and follow them on twitter @StAndrewsDay.

Thursday 29th November

  • Edinburgh’s Christmas Light Night. Read our article on Edinburgh’s Christmas. Edinburgh will come to life this afternoon with the switching on of the Christmas lights. Winter Wonderland and the Ice Rink will be open from 10am in the morning.

Friday 30th November

  • Guid Crack: St. Andrew’s Sangs An’ Stories at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. As part of ‘Scotland Sings’, guest storyteller Bob Knight in an evening of St Andrew’s Day celebrations.Drop into the Centre for a sing-a-long afternoon in the Storytelling Court celebrating Hands Up For Trad’s Scotland Sings weekend. No expertise needed, just come and join in with the songs. FREE

    Edinburgh Castle has free entry on 30th November

  • Lantern Making on the castle esplanade make your own lantern (from 11am – 4pm) which you can bring along to join in the esplanade fun later on in the evening. All materials to decorate the Christmas lanterns will be provided free of charge. Help will be on hand to help you create that special momento. Activity is suitable for all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult, parent or carer). FREE
  • Carnival at the Castle – Scottish carnival of contemporary dance, light show, fireworks and a unique twist on the sound of pipes and drums all performed on the esplanade of Edinburgh’s iconic landmark building. 7pm – 8pm. FREE
  • The Real Mary King’s Close. One child free with every adult entry (subject to availability). Read our review.
  • Camera Obscura. One free child (under 16) per paying adult. We love the Camera Obscura – read our review.
  • Edinburgh Dungeon. Buy one entrance ticket, get one free.

Saturday 1st December

  • Camera Obscura. One free child (under 16) per paying adult. We love the Camera Obscura – read our review.
  • The Real Mary King’s Close. One child free with every adult entry (subject to availability). Read our review.

Sunday 2nd December

  • The Real Mary King’s Close. One child free with every adult entry (subject to availability). Read our review.
  • Camera Obscura. One free child (under 16) per paying adult. We love the Camera Obscura – read our review.

A burning thistle from 2011 finale

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