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Celebrating the Holidays in Scotland

By Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, November 2012

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With freezing temperatures and pouring rains, Scotland might not be most people’s first choice to spend the festive season, but with some of the most riotous New Year’s celebrations in Europe, it’s well worth braving the changeable weather. In the month leading up to Christmas, the country’s major cities host a series of events and activities, with pop-up ice rinks, huge Ferris wheels, carnivals and Christmas markets. Most renowned is Edinburgh’s Winter Wonderland Festival with a vibrant market, Santa grotto and fairground, commencing with ‘Light Night’ in November, when the Ferris wheel starts up and the city’s Christmas lights are switched on.

The epic four-day New Year’s Eve celebrations, known as Hogmany in Scotland, are the culmination of the yuletide festivities and remain one of the world’s most unique ways to see in the New Year.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Scotland Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Scotland.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Girdwood via Flickr.

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