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Christmas & New Year
Celebrations In Scotland

Start Christmas festivities in Scotland with a pop and Hogmanay celebrations with a bang this year and take a break in Scotland for Christmas and the New Year to find out just how much fun you’ll be missing if you don’t…

Written by Linda Jackson

The hype is building. Christmas decorations have been glistening in the shops for a month or two, Christmas wish lists are being drafted, enchanting Christmas shows are selling out fast, and festive fairs in Scotland are promising to sparkle even more this year.

Skating rinks, Christmas markets, Ferris wheels and fairground rides are coming out of mothballs, and Santa – who strangely seems to be everywhere at once these days – is getting prepared for all those spellbound children he’ll have sitting on his knee at countless ‘visit Santa’ appearances in Scotland.

Christmas winter wonderland in Scotland is undeniably nigh.


Let’s start the Christmas spirit really bubbling, shall we. Think of a champagne cork being popped, a wee dram of fine Scottish malt whisky being poured into a crystal glass, the aroma of a traditional Christmas roast to tantalize your taste buds.

Champagne at Christmas


"Imagine a roaring log fire, a Christmas tree laden with glittering decorations, and a melodic choir singing Christmas carols."

To those simmering festive Christmas ingredients, add a good helping of enchanting events, a barrel-load of festive fun, and mix well with Christmas treats for all the family.

Pour this appetising Christmas blend into an elegant Scottish hotel with all the trimmings, and there you have it… a recipe for an unforgettable luxury Christmas break in Scotland.

During the last two months of every year a variety of festive events are organised at The National Trust for Scotland properties; although several take place in November such as wreath-making, craft fairs and special shopping events, there are many more festivities throughout Scotland at NTS houses and castles during December.

There will, for example, be an opportunity to meet Mrs Claus (Santa’s wife), and savour a six-course sumptuous feast by candlelight, at Pollok House which is beautifully decorated for Christmas (near Glasgow, until 24 December). Or try your hand at wreath-making at Kellie Castle (Kingdom of Fife, 10 & 17 December) and making Christmas crackers, Christmas cards, and crackers at Holmwood (4 miles from Glasgow city centre, 3-4 & 10-11 December).


Drum Castle

Visit the indoor Christmas market at Drum Castle (10 miles from Aberdeen: 4, 11, 18 December) and discover the 13th century secret chamber which acts as the Christmas elves’ toy factory; and join in carol singing at Castle Fraser (Inverurie: 8 December), Hill House (Greater Glasgow: 9 December), Culzean Castle (Ayrshire: 10 December), Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse (Fife: 10 December), House of Dun (Angus: 15 December), Brodick Castle (Isle of Arran: 11 December); or a festive concert at Falkland Palace & Garden (Cupar, Fife: 17 December).

Santa's Grotto


Children can visit Santa’s Grotto in Arduaine Garden (20 miles south of Oban: 17-18 December) while parents enjoy mince pies and mulled wine; enjoy story-telling, face painting, craft-making, as well as Santa, at Castle Fraser Garden & Estate (16 miles from Aberdeen: 11 December); and search for Santa’s reindeers at the House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve (Angus: 10-11 & 17-18 December).

Culzean Castle & Country Park (12 miles south of Ayr: 4 & 11 December) is set to become an especially enchanting Christmas venue for children where they can follow the Rudolph Christmas trail and see costumed characters throughout the decorated castle… such as Cinderella and Prince Charming, Jack (of the beanstalk era) or the Mad Hatter.

No festive season is complete without a good old Pantomime to go to… take the family to the Glasgow Pavilion to be entranced by The Magical Adventures of Peter Pan (up to 21 January) and, also in Glasgow, you’ll find Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates at the Clyde Auditorium (17 December-7 January).


Join Jack at His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen to see Jack and the Beanstalk, and Aladdin at the Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline.

It’s usually around a month prior to Christmas that Edinburgh gets into its festive gear: the trees in Princes Street Gardens are adorned with fairy lights; an outdoor ice rink is prepared, and a funfair is stocked with fun – fairground rides, roller-coasters, carousel and big wheel. Picturesque wooden stalls in a German Christmas market sell tempting wares: mulled wine, hot food, crafts and unusual Christmas gifts.

"You’ll find Santa’s reindeer garden and a Santa Express; a nativity scene
and, if you’re lucky, Santa himself.

German Christmas Market


Incidentally, should you or your children be sceptical as to whether Santa Clause really exists and need to be convinced he’s alive and kicking, then go to Glasgow for the annual Santa Dash (11 December) where around 3,300 cloned Santas were seen dashing around the city last year. A Great Scottish Santa Run will also be held in Edinburgh on 11 December where you can witness hundreds, if not thousands, of Santas on the run in their red and white togs.

Join them if you will: the dash is for charity. There’s no need to worry if you’re not sure what to wear: the latest designer Santa gear will be supplied to participants on registration (an elf outfit for under-12s).

It’s a colourful fun run to keep the Christmas spirit ball rolling… ever nearer to the legendary Hogmanay in Scotland.


Santa Dash Fun Run

There are numerous Hogmanay events, firework displays, and ceilidhs (Scottish dances) organised throughout Scotland…

George Square




... in Inverness there is the Loch Ness Hogmanay Festival and Red Hot Highland Fling event, and in Stonehaven (15 miles south of Aberdeen) a traditional Fireballs ceremony takes place where around 45 participants swing fireballs around their heads.

Glasgow however, instead of an official Hogmanay party this year, will be staging a family day in George Square which promises entertainment for all the family, music and ceileidh dancing. 

The legendary Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh city really don’t need any introduction at all. They’re world-famous. Just be there.

For many revellers worldwide, being in Scotland for the New Year and joining in the Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh is a MUST… many times over.

In fact, 80,000 times over. That is the estimated number of revellers from home and overseas who took part in the Hogmanay street parties in Edinburgh last year.

Three days of Hogmanay celebrations this year will include a torchlight procession (Friday 30 December); the Concert in the Gardens (music and fireworks in West Princess Street Gardens) and a candlelit concert at St Giles Cathedral (Royal Mile), both on Saturday 31 December; plus, of course, the world-famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party to welcome in the New Year with that very special blend of Scottish verve and gusto.


Hogmanay Fireworks

This December newsletter presents an ideal opportunity for all of us here at Luxury Scotland to wish our readers and guests a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year…

...hopefully while staying in one of our exclusive luxury hotels in Scotland where Christmas festivities start with the ‘pop’ of a champagne cork and New Year celebrations with a luxurious bang. Have fun!

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