’Tis The Winter Festivals Not To Miss

Multi-coloured fireworks displayRemember, Remember the 5th of November?

While Guy Fawkes isn’t one of the more traditional winter festivals, it certainly is one of the favourites. On the 5th of November, the biggest bonfire and fireworks spectacle in the north of Scotland gets underway at Bught Park. A highlight in Inverness each year, large crowds flock to the banks of River Ness to watch the heavens come to life in a dazzling display of pyrotechnics.

Flicking The Switch On Christmas

No matter how early your local supermarket decks the aisles with endless tinsel, it just isn’t Christmas until the annual Christmas Lights Switch On. On the 22nd of November, Santa and the Lord Provost head to Inverness Town House to shed some light on Christmas by opening up the winter festivities. And like all winter festivals in Scotland, this age-old tradition is a treasured night out for the whole family.

Snowman with black top hat in snowSetting The Stage For Christmas

In celebration of Inverness’ spectacular winter festivals, Eden Court Theatre will be stealing the Christmas limelight. Taking their cue from the Christmas Lights Switch On, they will host a range of show stopping festive performances. The Christmas curtain will go up on the 8th of December with an escape to Neverland in the theatre’s annual pantomime, Peter Pan. If Captain Hook and the Lost Boys isn’t your scene, trim the holly with mince pies, mulled wine and the best of the 50s in Holly at Christmasa tribute to the music of Buddy Holly.

Christmas Shopping In The Bag

Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket and waiting for Christmas Eve to do your shopping, why not head to the highlands for some Christmas shopping … or as we like to call it, some retail therapy. Ideal for picking up all your Christmas bits and bobs, Inverness’ city centre is the perfect place to find the latest high-street fashion or small-town quirks. Whether you shop Eastgate Centre’s many stores, explore the charming Victorian Market of visit the Christmas Food and Craft Fair at Eden Court on 20 – 22 November, Christmas shopping in Inverness is sure to pay off.

The Highland Fling Has Flung

When it comes to winter festivals in Scotland, it doesn’t get better than toasting the bells at Hogmanay. While the Red Hot Highland Fling may be the biggest free Hogmanay party in Scotland, we’ve got the hottest Hooley in Inverness. This year, we’re kicking up our heels and dancing to the wee sma’ hours with a good ol’ Hogmanay Gala Ball. With a sumptuous 5-course dinner, live entertainment and traditional Ceilidh, this year, we’re the belle of the Hogmanay Ball.

Front entrance of the Kingsmills hotel