Midlothian warms up for some festive family fun this winter

Midlothian is the place to be this winter, with a jam-packed programme of festive fun on offer for the county’s first ever Winter Festival!

Bid to encourage visitors

The programme has been put together by Midlothian Tourism Forum and Midlothian Council, in a bid to help boost local businesses and visitor attractions and to encourage more visitors to the area. 

November to February

From November through to February, you’ll find a range of entertaining events and activities which are sure to suit every age and interest.

In the party mood

Enjoy Christmas music by candle light, laugh out loud at our local pantomimes, and get in the party mood at one of the many great nights out on offer. There are storytelling and craft making sessions too or, for the more energetic, why not try out some seasonal skiing or snowboarding at the Midlothian Snowsports Centre?

Festive food and drink

Join in with all the family fun at Christmas lights switch-on events, visit Santa in his grotto and enjoy some delicious festive food and drink. Or why not go shopping for the ideal gift, perfect Christmas tree or the extra-tasty treats waiting for you at our local shops and craft fairs?

Great venues

Midlothian provides the perfect backdrop for a winter festival, with the opportunity to visit some great venues. These range from the historic Rosslyn Chapel, Newbattle Abbey and Vogrie House to picturesque village churches, the National Mining Museum Scotland, and the impressive Dalkeith Country Park.

Exciting programme

“We are delighted that so many local businesses, visitor attractions and community organisations have contributed to this exciting programme,” said Midlothian Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Economy, Councillor Russell Imrie. “With such a great range of events and venues, we’re sure that locals and visitors alike will be impressed with all that’s on offer in Midlothian this winter.”

Andrew McDonald, Chair of Midlothian Tourism Forum, said: "This fantastic festival highlights the great number of seasonal events available to everyone staying in or visiting Midlothian this winter."

Online programme

You can find full details of the Winter Festival programme in the online brochure, available to view or download at the Visit Midlothian website.

So start planning now! It’ll soon be time to wrap up well, shake off the winter blues, and get ready to soak up all the festive family fun that Midlothian has to offer! 

27 Oct 2017