What's on in and around Loch Lomond, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh in the heart of Scotland
20 Nov – 24 Dec
Loch Lomond Shores
Santa's Enchanted Village
For the most magical Christmas experience, visit Santa’s Enchanted Village and his woodland friends at The Bird of Prey Centre and enjoy this brand new event for Christmas 2016 (selected dates only).
Follow the magical adventure into Rudolph’s Den to meet the elves, see Santa’s special little helpers, his real life owls and admire the bright twinkling lights which will lead you to meet Santa in his log cabin.
There’s lots more! Afterwards head out onto the festive lit woodland path to spot the reindeer features and maybe even a cheeky elf!
1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd December
Kilmahog Woollen Mill
Supper with Santa with shopping until 7pm
Includes gift from Santa. 4.20pm until 5.30pm
Only £8 per child. Booking essential Tel 01877 330268
Saturday 3rd December
Killearn Kirk - Killearn
An Evening with Robert Burns
Main Speaker Stuart Cochrane, Burns Expert and Curator of Ellisland Farm, Home of Robert Burns.
Sheila Hall (Guitar) of the Twa Dogs sings Burns
Tea, Wine and a taste of haggis.
In aid of Killearn Kirk and Friends of Ellisland Farm
Tickets £15 (under 16's free) Tel Richard 01360 550544 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Loch Lomond Shores - Balloch
Festive Farmers Market
First December Farmers’ Market has live music from the team at Splash Productions who are fundraising for Barnardos. Get into the festive spirit with some great festive tunes throughout the day alongside some super fresh food and hot drinks.
23rd November - 31st December
Macrobert Arts Centre's - Stirling
Weans In The Wood
Brand new panto for Christmas 2016!
Hans No Solo is failing badly at Magic School. Headmistress Merlina has tried everything but it looks really unlikely he’s going to pass those exams. And then - horror of horrors - forest hooligan and ASBO-queen Little Red Riding Hood unwittingly robs the pantosphere of all good magic, leaving the wicked Sherffina of Nottingham to run riot with her band of evil minions.
24 November - 17 January
Pavillion Theatre, Glasgow
Elfie's Magical Adventure
Start Christmas early this year!
It's Exciting! It's Magical! It's Fun!
26th November - 24th December
Santa's Woodland Experience
North Ballochruin Farm, Balfron Station G63 0LE
Take a tour of the woodland onboard Santa's very own tractor and trailer! Once on board, you will set off through the woodland in search of Santa's woodland home. Take in the beautiful views and keep your eyes peeled as you may spot some of Santa's woodland neighbours! When you arrive at the cabin, you will be greeted and invited into the cabin by Santa himself.
Tel: 01360 752052
Friday 2nd - 27th December
Mugdock Country Park
Jack and the Beanstalk
Booking essential. More information can be found at mugdock-country-park.org.uk or telephone 0141 956 6100.
2nd December 2016 - 8th January 2017
King's Theatre, Glasgow
The unmissable panto for all the family this Christmas!
This Christmas we welcome back the magic of the Fairy Godmother, the sparkle of a pair of glass slippers and of course the beauty (oh no they’re not!) of the Ugly Sisters as Cinderella makes a welcome return as the legendary King’s panto.
3rd December - 22nd December
Christmas at the Lodge, The Lodge Visitor Centre, Aberfoyle
Choose your real Christmas tree, enjoy a mince pie, home baking and hot drinks. Win a prize on a festive trail quiz. Have a go at making festive crafts on weekends in December. No booking required. Charges apply for trees and crafts.10 am to 4 pm. www.forestry.gov.uk/christmas
Saturday 10th December
Lomond Mountain Rescue Team
Annual Tombola. The team will be bringing their rescue dogs to the The Lodge Visitor Centre, Aberfoyle to help raise money for their worthy cause.
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December / Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December
Festive Celebrations in the Trossachs - Victorian Christmas and Sail with Santa
Popular hour long cruise on the steamship "Sir Walter Scott". Leaves from the Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, by Callander.
Great Family day out with Santa and his helpers.
Telephone 01877 376315/6 for further information. email@example.com
Box Office Tel 01786 274000
Loch Lomond Shores - Balloch
Sat 17 & Sun 18 December
Special Christmas Artisan Craft market and Festive Farmers’ Market on Sun 18 December to pick up a range of gifts and top quality fresh foods for your Christmas cupboards.
Markets open from 10am each day and there is live music both days.
29th & 30th Dec
Albert Halls - Stirling
Box Office Tel 01786 274000
Scottish Farmers' Markets at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch
1st and 3rd Sundays of each month
Perhaps the most panoramic situation of any market in Scotland. Featuring around 30 regular stallholders ranging from cheese and chocolate makers through to producers of organic eggs, beef, lamb, pork, home made soup, smoked foods, seafood, jams, confectionery and home baking. Entry to the Farmers’ Market is free. Open 10 am till 3.30 pm.
Loch Lomond Car Boot Sales
If you are looking for a bargain and a good day out, why not visit a car boot sale at Loch Lomond and surrounding area. Car boot sales are a popular way of disposing of those unwanted items and a great way of bargain hunting.
Live Music Loch Lomond
Regular Live Music at the Drovers Inn, Ardlui
Scottish Castles : Historic Scotland
There are many famous Scottish Castles in central Scotland. Check out what special events they are hosting this season.
Mugdock Castle and Country Park
Local Tourist Information Centres
Open all year unless stated
Aberfoyle Information Centre, Main Street, Aberfoyle FK8 3UQ 01877 382352
Balloch Information Centre, The Old Station Building, Balloch G83 8LQ 01389 753533
Callander Information Centre, 52-54 Main Street, Callander FK17 8BD 01877 330342
Dunoon Information Centre, 7 Alexandra Parade, Dunoon PA23 8AB 01369 703785
Falkirk Information Centre, The Falkirk Wheel, Lime Road, Tamfourhill, Falkirk FK1 4RS 01324 620244
Glasgow Airport Information Centre, Domestic Arrivals, Glasgow International Airport PA23 2ST 0141 848 4440
Glasgow Information Centre, 220 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2FF 0845 859 1006
Inveraray Information Centre, Front Street, Inveraray PA32 8UY 01499 302063
Stirling Pirnhall Information Centre, M9 Motorway Services Area, Pirnhall Roundabout, Stirling FK7 8ET 01786 814111
Stirling Information Centre, Old Town Jail, St John Street, Stirling FK8 1EA 01786 475019
Tyndrum Information Centre (open Apr-Oct), Main Street, Tyndrum FK20 8RY 01838 400246