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Holiday happenings in and around Inverness

By Imogen James

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Christmas light switch on and torchlight procession in Inverness, 2019. Picture: Gary Anthony
Christmas light switch on and torchlight procession in Inverness, 2019. Picture: Gary Anthony

With Christmas coming up and the easing of restrictions, events will be a welcome return this year.

The Courier has put together a handy guide of events to the Inverness and surrounding areas for locals to enjoy.

From markets, to pottery painting and three day parties, there is something for everyone!

Christmas Market on the Green

11am-3pm, November 20

Drumnadrochit Village Green

Head along to this free fair which will showcase the best of local businesses and give you a head start on present buying.

Christmas Market

10am-2pm, November 20

Strathpeffer Community Centre

With free entry, this market has presents, tasty treats, and a special visit from Santa.

Christmas Pottery Painting

2:30pm, November 20

Wasps Creative Academy Inverness

Join the team for a creative and fun afternoon painting your own Christmas themed pottery.

Christmas Craft Market

November 19-21, December 3-5

From 10am, Wildwoodz

More than 60 vendors selling a range of crafts and food are available, with plenty of props to set the scene.

Christmas Fayre for MFR

10am-3:30pm, November 21

Inverness Leisure

Supporting Cash for Kids, the fayre has a huge host of suppliers, food, and live music

Christmas Light Switch On

7pm, November 26


There will be carols, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and a special visit from Santa!

Family Night Out

7pm, November 26

Invergordon Social Club

A night of fun for the whole family with a disco, prizes and a bar!

Elf Scavenger Hunt

All day, November 26-27, December 3-4

Victorian Market

Children are welcome to head to the Victorian Market to hunt for some elves on shelves and win a £50 cash prize!

Christmas Lights Switch On

7pm, December 2


Join Santa to watch the light parade, join in carol singing, and watch the beautiful lights come on!

Wreath Making Workshop

10am, December 2

Dingwall Community Centre

Join an expert in making a gorgeous Christmas wreath with foliage and moss.

Killer Heels and cocktails

1pm-4pm, December 3

Macdonald Aviemore Resort

Enjoy cocktails, food and a fashion show at this fun and festive afternoon.

Grantown Does Christmas

10am-3pm, December 4-5


Head to Grantown to enjoy arts, crafts, food, games, gin tasting, and music. Ps, Santa might be there!

Badaguish Christmas Fayre and Santa’s Grotto

10:30–16:00, December 5

Badaguish Forest Lodges

Supporting the Speyside Trust, visitors can expect stalls full of unique gifts, visits from Santa, and treats!

Hospice Christmas Songs

7pm, December 10

Inverness Cathedral

There will be carols, pop hits, mince pies, and lots of fun.

Christmas Craft Fair Weekend

10:30am-4pm, Sat 11 Dec – Sun 12 Dec

Loch Insh Outdoor Centre

More than 20 stalls will showcase food, crafts and artwork to help you sort Christmas gifts this year. Grab food from the on site café, and enjoy the ice rink and tubing!

Christmas Party Night

December 11-12

Macdonald Aviemore Resort

Join the resort for a roaring ceilidh, dancing, disco, and a three course festive meal.

Christmas Nativity

7:30pm, December 16-18

Dingwall Auction Mart

A fun and lively nativity by Dingwall Players suitable for all the family to get their performance fix.

Christmas Performance by Highland Voices

7pm, December 16

Inverness Ironworks

The gospel choir will be performing some Christmas favourites whilst also raising money for Cash for Kids.

Santa Weekend in Aviemore

December 17-19

Macdonald Aviemore Resort

With real reindeer, a festive sing along, elves, Santa and Mrs Claus, this is a great day out for all the family.

Christmas Party Nights

19:00, December 18

Loch Insh Outdoor Centre

Head to this fun filled evening to eat a four course meal and dance the night away.

Christmas Day Lunch

12:30–14:00, December 25

Macdonald Aviemore Resort

Take the stress of cooking away by enjoying a full feast at this tasty lunch time treat.

Hogmanay Hooley

December 30- January 1

Carrbridge Hotel

Enjoy three nights of fun, with entertainment, drinks and dinner, and even a pyjama afternoon!

Get in touch if there is an event missed in this guide.

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