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.

A Christmas Fairy Trail

Enter Archerfield Walled Garden's mystical fairy trail and get lost in a world of fairies, forest folk & folklore with wonderful surprises around every corner.  

This year, it's going to be bigger, brighter and bolder with flying fairies, fire performers, the famous Fairy Disco, dance performances, lighting & project installations.

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.

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Nov-Dec
Christmas at Dunbar Garden Centre
Friday 23rd November-Sunday 23rd December 2018
Dunbar Garden Centre, Dunbar

Santa will be at the garden centre every Saturday & Sunday until Christmas between 11am-4pm.  Pop in to his cozy grotto where you will be met by Holly the Elf!  Activities and presents for children of all ages.  While you are there, take time to stock up on Christmas goodies and gifts in the shop.  Visit here for more information.

27-5
Nov-Jan
Pantomime 2018: Jack & The Beanstalk
Tuesday 27th November-Saturday 5th January 2019
The Brunton, Musselburgh

Fun filled panto, Jack & The Beanstalk with an up to date twist on the well-known story.  Be prepared to laugh, sing and shout out.  Heroes Jack & Jilly will make sure you have a good time - oh yes they will!  Visit here for more information.

7-24
Dec
A Christmas Fairy Trail
Friday 7th December-Monday 24th December 2018
4:00pm-7:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

An immersive light show with a magical soundtrack, performers and lighting design.  Visit here for more information.

8-23
Dec
Elf School
Saturday 8th December-Sunday 23rd December 2018
Newhailes House & Garden, Musselburgh

Join the elves are their busiest time of year, as they prepare for Christmas.  Learn how to be a good elf and make some festive crafts and graduate from Elf School with a treat & certificate.  Visit here for more information.

9-24
Dec
Santa's Grotto
Sunday 9th December-Monday 24th December 2018
Carberry Tower & Mansion House, Musselburgh

Santa and his elves will be on hand to lead the fun at Carberry Tower & Mansion.  Visit here for dates and times.

15-17
Dec
Santas Grotto
Saturday 15th December-Monday 17th December 2018
Merryhatton Garden Centre, North Berwick

Visit Santas grotto at Merryhatton Garden Centre.  Please call to book 01620 880278.

15-24
Dec
Christmas at East Links
Saturday 15th December-Monday 24th December 2018
9:00am-5:00pm
East Links Family Park, Dunbar

Come and meet Santa, who with the help of his elves, will be giving our presents to kids of all ages.  Other activities included Winter Wonderland and live nativity.  Visit here for more information.

21-24
Dec
Funbox: Once Upon A Christmas
Friday 21st December-Monday 24th December 2018
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Tis the season for some singalong silliness with Anya, Kevin, Gary & Bonzo the Dog.  Visit here for more information.

22-23
Dec
Santas Grotto
Saturday 22nd December-Sunday 23rd December 2018
Merryhatton Garden Centre, North Berwick

Visit Santas grotto at Merryhatton Garden Centre.  Please call to book 01620 880278.

22
Dec
Haddington Christmas Farmers' Market
Saturday 22nd December 2018
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

Stock up for Christmas, plus a huge range of unique, local gifts at the Haddington Farmers' Market.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
Hogmanay Ceilidh
Monday 31st December 2018
7:30pm-1:00am
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

Traditional Hogmanay ceilidh with the Smoking Barrel Ceilidh Band, four course meal and glass of fizz at the bells.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
Hogmania
Monday 31st December 2018
7:45pm-0:00am
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Musselburgh welcomes in 2018 with Hogmania!  A family friendly New Year's Party with live music, dancing, piper & traditional Hogmanay snacks.  Visit here for more information.