How to Make the Most of the Festivities in Scotland

The festive season is a great time to get out and about and spend quality time with friends and family. With so many exciting events happening across Scotland there is plenty to see and do.

Check out our top tips for having a great festive day out!

Plan your journey

To get your day out off to a great start, be sure to plan how you’ll get there and back ahead of time. The festive season is a busy time which means there may be delays in traffic or route changes to accommodate the festive events. Whether you're planning to head into Edinburgh for the European Christmas Markets, Glasgow for the IRN-BRU Carnival or Inverness for Winter Wonderland Festival you can use your Young Scot card to help you get there.

If you are 16-18 or aged 19-25 and a full time volunteer you can save a third off travel with your Young Scot card. Simply show or scan your card for the cheaper fare. 

Citylink also offer great options for getting from A to B - check out Citylink’s journey planner to start planning. All Young Scot cardholders can also save 20% off the fare when you show or scan your Young Scot card when purchasing your ticket.

What's On

With so much happening during the festive period it can sometimes be hard to decide what to see and do. So we thought we would put together just a few of the events happening in or around Scotland's city centres. 


Edinburgh is home to some of Scotland's best known landmarks and festivals and the festive period is no different. The festive season spills into the streets of Edinburgh from the famous Christmas markets in Princes St Gardens to world renowned Hogmanay celebrations. Check out what's happening in Edinburgh this month.


Scotland's biggest city located on the River Clyde, Glasgow is home to many exciting arts and culture festivals and events including the IRN-BRU Carnival, Europe's largest indoor carnival, this year celebrating it's 100th birthday! Check out our top picks for what's happening in Glasgow this festive season.


Dundee, the City of Discovery, is the centre of contemporary design and innovation in Scotland. It is also home to many exciting shows and events throughout the festive season both within it's city limits and further afield. Here are our top picks for what's happening in Dundee and beyond. 

  • Glamis Castle Christmas Market
  • Oor Willie Christmas at Dundee Repertory Theatre 
  • Christmas Wonderland at the Ardler Complex
  • Rock the Halls at Whitehall Theatre


It may be known as the Granite City and home to Scotland's oldest newspaper, but Aberdeen is also the perfect place to get involved in the seasons festivities. From carols in the Winter Garden at Duthie Park to catching the latest Panto at His Majesty's Theatre. Check out what's happening in Aberdeen this winter.

  • Cinderella Panto at His Majesty's Theatre. Save on tickets with your Young Scot card (selected performances only).
  • Festive Silent Disco Walking Tours from The Christmas Village
  • Aberdeen Christmas Village
  • Aberdeen Christmas Carols Concerts at Duthie Park 


Scotland's most northern city, Inverness is the 'Capital of the Highlands' and a great base to explore the highlands from. It is also home to enchanting winter wonderland gardens and beautifully decorated Christmas trees this festive season. Check out our picks for the festive season in Inverness. 

  • Winter Wonderland at Whin Park 
  • Beauty and the Beast Panto at Eden Court 
  • Christmas Tree Festival at Inverness Cathedral
  • Red Hot Highland Fling Hogmanay Show

Eating Out

Stop for a spot of lunch or enjoy some dinner before heading to the Panto. Enjoy fabulously tasty pizza, pastas and salads at Pizza Hut. You can even save 20% off the bill for up to four people Sunday – Thursday when you have your Young Scot card. If you’re looking for something on the go, or a snack for the trip home why not pop in to your local Co-op for a tasty lunchtime meal deal.

If you’re looking for something a bit different and like to plan ahead, check out all the great food and drink discounts available with your Young Scot card.

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