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Feeling Festive in Greater Speyside

The TV adverts have started, the countdown is on – Christmas is around the corner!  Greater Speyside is a magical place to be this festive season, with a host of seasonal events and beautiful surroundings in which to relax and unwind.

Cosy up in one of the area’s many lovely cafes and restaurants with a hot chocolate and mince pie, head to a Christmas market (or two!), take a festive train journey or even visit the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck when it rolls into town (at The Plainstones in Elgin on November 28th).

winter2If you’d rather be far from the Christmas madding crowd, head out into the great outdoors for peaceful woodland walks, tranquil beach scenery and exhilarating hill views.  There are plenty of places in which you can bask in the area’s winter beauty from the enchanting Cairngorms National Park (where you can also visit the UK’s only herd of Reindeer) to the picturesque Moray Coast.

These festive events and activities are sure to light up your November and December with some seasonal sparkle.

Brodie Castle Christmas Fair and Winter Festival

On November 29th and 30th Brodie Castle and Stables will be transformed into a winter wonderland – the perfect setting for a Christmas Craft and Food Fair.  Enjoy the festive atmosphere while you shop for beautiful crafts and a range of foods, and relax afterwards with a mince pie and glass of mulled wine.   Tickets cost £4 per adult and the price includes a mince pie and glass of non-alcoholic mulled punch.

On 7th December the 16th century castle is also the venue for Earthtime’s Winter Festival where children can enjoy a variety of festive events from making Christmas crafts inspired by nature to storytelling and marshmallow toasting.  Tickets cost £5 per child if booked in advance and £10 on the day.

Brodie CountryfareBrodie Countryfare Reindeer Day

Festive events at nearby Brodie Countryfare include Santa in his grotto on 18th December, carol singing to accompany your Christmas shopping on 17th and 21st December, and Reindeer Day on 23rd December.  Visit Santa’s herd of Reindeer in their pen, before waving Santa off at his farewell parade.  There is also a special winter BBQ and a children’s fairground ride.

Moray Arts Centre Christmas Market

To buy some locally handmade crafts as Christmas gifts why not head to the Moray Arts Centre in Findhorn?  From 15th November to 15th January there will be a Christmas Market in the Community Gallery with crafts and paintings from a number of local artists.  The nearby Findhorn Pottery is also a lovely place to pick up beautifully handcrafted gifts.

Logie Steading Christmas Market

Get in the Christmas spirit at Logie Steading on the 13th December at their Christmas Market.  Soak up the festive atmosphere with carols, Christmas trees and wreaths, festive crafts, mulled wine and minced pies.  Afterwards, why not take a stroll from the Visitor Centre along the River Findhorn?

Santa at Baxters Highland Village

Santa will arrive at Baxters Highland Village near Fochabers on 30th November to open his grotto, and you can visit him every Saturday and Sunday throughout December (and even have breakfast with him from 9.00am to 10.30am).  On Christmas Eve you can see Santa and Mrs Claus depart with their reindeer to get ready for the big day.    

Eden Court Christmas Art, Craft and Food Fair

In Inverness Eden Court Theatre will host a Christmas Art, Craft and Food Fair from 14th to 16th November and again from 5th to 7th December.  It is a wonderful opportunity