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St Andrew’s Day Celebrations

St Andrews is the place to be this St Andrew’s Day, Sunday November 30th.

The town has a full schedule of events planned in the lead up to St Andrew’s Day culminating in spectacular celebrations on the 30th to honour our patron saint.

Starting this Friday (November 21st), is the St Andrews Food and Drink Festival. This will provide ten days of delicious Food and Drink events based in and around St Andrews. Now in its third year,the Festival will once again bring together individuals and businesses in a celebration of local fare, including everything from natural produce tastings, cookery demonstrations and a stunning dinner featuring sumptuous dishes from critically acclaimed chefs.

Beat The Retreat – November 27th at 6.30pm

For many years, the Royal Burgh of St Andrews Community Council has marked St Andrew’s Day by staging a ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony. This year will be no different! At 6.30pm, in the shadow of the historic Holy Trinity Church in the town centre, a pipe band will parade on the street for around 15 minutes, marking the official start of the 2014 St Andrew’s Day Celebrations. Come along to this free event and enjoy a little piece of St Andrews tradition!

Jack & The Beanstalk at the Byre – November 27th onwards

The famous Byre Theatre celebrates its re-opening with its ever-popular annual pantomime! This year’s production is ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Opening night is Thursday 27th November, 7.00pm, and the show runs until Saturday 3rd January.

Tickets for this family show are already selling fast and can be booked here or by calling 0844 477 1000.

Previously…’ Scotland’s History Festival

Previously…’ Scotland’s History Festival will be taking place in St Andrews on November 28th and 29th and exists as an educational, heritage and cultural festival. Its aim is to celebrate Scotland’s history, to widen access and participation, to create connections and threads between our past, our present and our future.

The St Andrews Ball – November 28th

Following last year’s successful 600th Finale Ball, the Fellowship of St Andrews is bringing The St Andrews Ball to Lower College Lawn. A night celebrating St Andrew’s Day, the University of St Andrews, and the amazing students which make it great, The St Andrews Ball promises to be a night to remember with a community you’ll never forget.

‘Messiah’ at the Holy Trinity Church – November 29th

A ‘do-it-yourself’ version of the world’s most popular choral work’ – led by Scotland’s largest choral society, the acclaimed St Andrews Chorus, and performed in the atmospheric Holy Trinity Church in the heart of St Andrews. Everyone is welcome to participate. Come along on November 29 to rehearse in the afternoon, then prepare for your evening performance of Handel’s masterpiece before what is sure to be a large audience!

Local Landmarks Open Day – November 29th

St Andrews Cathedral and  St Andrews Castle,  will each open their doors free of charge to the general public on Saturday 29 November. Pre-booking is required at

St Andrews vs. Rest of the World Golf Match – November 30th

This inaugural event to mark St Andrew’s Day will be an open tournament held over the famous New Course on November 30.

Local players from St Andrews golf clubs will compete against all-comers from around the globe in a fourball, full handicap format (shotgun start), with a variety of prizes on offer.

For visiting players especially, this will be a great chance to play at the Home of Golf in an informal, fun event  – and all at a bargain price, with proceeds going to a local charity.

Full details and an entry form are now available here or by e-mailing UPDATE 24 NOVEMBER – MATCH IS NOW SOLD OUT

Local Landmarks Open Day – November 30th

The Clubhouse of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, St Andrews Cathedral,  St Andrews Castle, and Lodge St Andrew No 25 will each open their doors free of charge to the general public on St Andrew’s Day, Sunday 30 November.

For the Castle and Cathedral, pre-booking is required at No pre-booking is required for the R&A Clubhouse (10am t0 5pm) or Lodge St Andrew No 25 (open 2pm-4pm, access from South Street beside St Andrews Town Hall).

Old Course Hotel Christmas Emporium – November 30th 

Taking place on the 30th of November from 11 AM to 4 PM, The Old Course Hotel’s Christmas Emporium is the perfect start to the festive season. Christmas carols will welcome visitors to a full day of festivities, including an appearance by Father Christmas himself!

St Andrews Day Celebrations – November 30th 

This year, a whole afternoon of open-air events will take place along a 250-metre stretch of South Street, which will be closed to traffic for the day. The afternoon is a celebration not just of traditional Scotland, but also of modern, multicultural Scottish society. All events are FREE OF CHARGE. Taking place from 1.30pm until 6.15pm you can find the full run down of events here.

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Festive Light Switch on – November 30th

The St Andrew’s Day Celebrations will incorporate the switching-on of the town’s festive lights displays on November 30. This year, the lights have been further augmented, with new displays at a number of locations around the town centre. The lighting is administered by St Andrews Partnership and is funded by contributions from Fife Council, local businesses and organizations, and personal donations.  If you are asked to make a donation, please give generously!

The lights will be switched on from the main stage in South Street at approximately 5.45pm, and the lights will then be on every evening until 5 January.

We are delighted to announce that Rufflets Country House Hotel is the main sponsor of this year’s St Andrews Festive Lights.

St Andrew’s Day Ceilidh – November 30th 

What better way to celebrate the spirit of St Andrew, our patron saint, than with a traditional Scottish ceilidh? Join us on South Street on November 30 to take part in what will hopefully be one of the biggest ceilidhs in St Andrews’ history! Featuring the acclaimed Dancing Feet Ceilidh Band, the St Andrew’s Day Ceilidh is the perfect way to enjoy the shared history of town and gown.

Beginners and experts, young and old alike are all welcome to join in this free-of-charge, fun event, which will from approx 6.30pm to 7.30pm.


For full information on the St Andrew’s Day celebrations, please visit the dedicated site here.