Unique Central Scotland Festive Activities

Christmas is on its way, are you as excited as me? I love the unique central Scotland festive activities; with all the lights, getting together with family & friends and then there is all the food of course! If you are visiting Scotland, there are lots of unique central Scotland festive activities to choose from including meeting Santa in a variety of locations, festive afternoon tea and Pantomime’s (oh yes there is). Which one or more will you enjoy on the run-up to the big day?

festive activities in central Scotland. Santa
Santa ©MDHarding

Unique Central Scotland Festive Activities

Santa on The Union Canal

Join The Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society this Christmas for a very special Santa Boat Trip!

Fun and refreshments for everyone and a present from Santa for the children. Climb aboard our narrowboat Bluebell and join in the fun. Departing from Port Buchan in Broxburn, cruise along the Union Canal looking for Santa. If we sing Jingle Bells loudly enough he may spot our boat and come on board to say hello. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet Santa.

Trips take place on 1st and 2nd December and 15th and 16th December. There will be 4 trips on each of the 4 days, at 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 2pm each day.

Tickets are £10 per person and are available from the eventbrite online ticket sales website.

or go on a special journey to Santa’s grotto at The Falkirk Wheel this December!

Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule in the run-up to Christmas and offering families paying a visit to the world’s only rotating boat lift a magical journey to Santa’s Grotto – relocated all the way from the North Pole to Falkirk.

Kids who’ve managed to stay off the naughty list are in for a treat as Santa hands out presents to all the good girls and boys. For those looking to make a day of it, The Helix and The Kelpies – the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures – are just a canalside canter away.

Santa himself has been spotted taking in the local sights, from The Kelpies to Falkirk F.C. football stadium, and even out shopping on the High Street, looking for that special something for Mrs Claus.

There’s also lots of Christmas fun in The Wheel’s activity zone, with face painting, gingerbread decorating, Christmas games and more to keep the little ones entertained.

Mums and dads can enjoy a non-alcoholic mulled wine and shortbread, and festive food and drink will be served up in the Wheel’s winter café to take away any cold chills in the air. The gift shop is also on hand for any last minute Christmas presents.

Santa, taking a break from his pre-Christmas preparations, added: “Rudolph won’t appreciate me saying this, but a boat trip on The Falkirk Wheel really is one of the best ways of travelling to my grotto. I can’t wait to see everyone in December.”
A wheely festive boat trip
A wheely festive boat trip ©Scottish Canals

Santa Travels By Steam Train

Climb on board Santa’s Steam Train at Bo’ness & Kinnel Railway – Scotland’s largest train museum. During the seven mile round journey to Birkhill, Santa will meet all the children and give each one a gift. At the station, adults will receive complimentary seasonal refreshments. So combine the nostalgia of steam with a treat for the children to make a really great day out!

Santa Express almost ready for departure.
Santa Express almost ready for departure. ©MDHarding

Festive Afternoon Tea at Callendar House

Enjoy the Christmas splendour of Callendar House and take a break from the shops. A traditional Christmas tree themed decoration in the tearoom, Winter Warmth craft exhibition in the Park Gallery and relaxed shopping in the gift shop make for the perfect festive outing.

What better way to get yourself in the mood for Christmas than with a Festive Afternoon Tea, piled high with treat after treat.  Sandwiches filled with turkey and house stuffing, ham and home-made chutney, egg and chive mayo and Scottish brie and cranberry plus festive sausage rolls.  Then tuck into warm scones with lashings of fresh cream and home-made jam.  Don’t forget to save room for mini Christmas squares, mini pavlovas and trifle shots.

A true seasonal delight for only £11.95 per person.  Why not upgrade with a glass of fizz on the day!  Available from 25 November – 24 December 2017 in the Green Room at Callendar House (closed Tuesdays), 12 noon – 3.30pm and later opening on selected dates.  You can avoid disappointment by pre-booking on 01324 506850.

Festive Afternoon Tea - Callendar House.
Festive Afternoon Tea – Callendar House ©Falkirk Community Trust

Christmas Lunch at Edinburgh Castle

Enjoy a dining experience fit for royalty with a special three-course Christmas lunch in the opulent Queen Anne Room at Edinburgh Castle.

View the Christmas lunch menu

Christmas Lunch at Edinburgh Castle.
Christmas Lunch at Edinburgh Castle ©Historic Environment Scotland

I hope you have enjoyed reading and inspired to embrace these Central Scotland festive activities.

Why not extend your visit and do a stop and stay in Edinburgh or one of the surrounding areas? There is lots to see and do throughout the year. Please do book your accommodation and car rental in advance to avoid disappointment.

Happy Holidays:) x

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 Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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