Welcome to East Lothian

With over 40 miles of stunning coastline, golden beaches, rolling countryside, award-winning attractions, excellent food & drink and the world’s finest links golf courses, we have the best of Scotland! It may feel like a million miles away, but it’s only minutes from Edinburgh. East Lothian is not only a great place to visit, it is a great place to live and work. Have a look at just some of the things that make this a wonderful place.

East Lothian Christmas Shop Local & Win

The annual Christmas shop local and win campaign is underway!

The campaign runs from 1st November to 24th December and encourages people to support their local shops in the run up to the festive season with the chance of winning a share of £2,000.

Click here for further information

Upcoming Events

Find out what’s happening in East Lothian with events and festivals that attract people from all over the world to celebrate Scotland's fascinating heritage and wonderful culture featuring the best of Scottish music, arts, food & drink, innovation, sport and entertainment.

14-6
Dec-Jan
A Christmas Fairy Trail
Thursday 14th December-Saturday 6th January 2018
4:05pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

A spellbinding, family light experience of fairies, elves and folklore.  Visit here for more information.

15
Dec
Family Festive Day
Friday 15th December 2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
John Muir Birthplace, 126 High Street, Dunbar

Come along and Meet Santa Claus, make Christmas crafts, Christmas carols, storytelling, Twelve Days of Christmas hunt, design a Christmas stocking, jumper or hat & facepainting. Visit here for more details.

16
Dec
Haddington Farmers' Christmas Market
Saturday 16th December 2017
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

Come and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Haddington Farmers' Market where stallholders offer you a tempting selection of home produced specialities.  Visit here for more information.

16-17
Dec
Christmas Wreath Making Workshop
Saturday 16th December-Sunday 17th December 2017
10:00am-3:00pm
Newhailes, Musselburgh

Learn how to make your very own Christmas wreath using natural materials and holly sourced direct from Newhailes!  Visit here for more information.

16
Dec
Winton Castle Santa Dash
Saturday 16th December 2017
10:30am-4:00pm
Winton Castle, Pencaitland

Join in the Santa Dash this year at Winton Castle, visit here to register.



16-17
Dec
Newhailes Christmas - The Snow Queen & Elf School
Saturday 16th December-Sunday 17th December 2017
12:45pm-3:30pm
Newhailes, Musselburgh

Bring the whole family to meet The Snow Queen who has sprinkled her Christmas magic over Newhailes.  Visit the ice-grotto and receive your very special gift.  Visit here for more information.

17
Dec
Santa's Grotto at Carberry Tower
Sunday 17th December 2017
10:00am-4:00pm
Carberry Tower, Musselburgh

Come and visit Santa in his enchanting Grotto and enjoy some festive fun with the elves.  Visit here for more information.

21
Dec
Feeling Good - The Michael Buble Tribute Show
Thursday 21st December 2017
7:30pm-10:00pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Mitchell Rutter's tribute to the swing and easy listening hits of Michael Buble.  Visit here for more information.

22-24
Dec
Funbox: Santa's Funtastic Factory
Friday 22nd December-Sunday 24th December 2017
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Gary, Anya & Kevin have been entrusted by the big chap in the red suit himself to help finish the lists for all the boys and girls before Christmas Day, but things aren't quite going to plan.  Visit here for more information.

23
Dec
Santa's Grotto at Carberry Tower
Saturday 23rd December 2017
10:00am-4:00pm
Carberry Tower, Musselburgh

Come and visit Santa in his enchanting Grotto and enjoy some festive fun with the elves.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
Lantern Making, Parade & Fireworks
Sunday 31st December 2017
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Make your lantern in preparation for the 7pm parade.  The parade will be led by illuminated walkabout characters to Fisherrow Links for a spectacular free fireworks display at 7.30pm.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
It's in the Bag: Sam & Rosie's Tartan Tea Party
Sunday 31st December 2017
11:00am-12:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Puppet show for kids ages 3-6.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
Sam & Rosie's Highland Adventure: The Mystery of the Lost Haggis
Sunday 31st December 2017
12:30pm-2:00pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Disaster strikes just as the Highland Feast and Ceilidh are about to begin.  Grandad's prizewinning haggis has gone.  Dressed in their finest tartan, Sam & Rosie must solve the mystery.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
The Three Giants
Sunday 31st December 2017
2:30pm-2:45pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Life sized body puppets tells the story of Finn McCool, Ireland's biggest, strongest giant.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
The Three Giants
Sunday 31st December 2017
3:30pm-3:12pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Life sized body puppets tell the story of Finn McCool, Ireland's biggest, strongest giant.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
Hogmania
Sunday 31st December 2017
7:45pm-0:30am
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

A family-friendly Hogmanay party with live music, a piper and traditional snacks.  Visit here for more information.

1
Jan
New Years Day 2017
Monday 1st January 2018
12:00pm-3:20pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Bring in the New Year with an exciting day of top quality jump racing featuring one of the most historic amateur athletic events in the world, The New Year Sprint. Visit here for more information.