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Find Out What’s on in Inverness this Winter

Winter in the Highlands – Inverness Festivals and Events for all the Family

The winter season has definitely arrived with the first snowfall blanketing roof tops and much of the surrounding countryside. Daylight hours are shorter and temperatures are dropping but at this magical time of the year there’s plenty Christmas cheer to warm us all up here in the Highlands. So we thought we would take a look some of the upcoming events and attractions in Inverness to help you plan your winter activities.

In Inverness and the many surrounding villages, Christmas lights have been switched on brightening up snowy streets. The winter calendar is brimming with things to do from enjoying from Christmas Fairs to the fantastic Hogmanay Party and Burns Night celebrations.

Enjoy a festive dram and some delicious food...

The Inverness Farmers Market, the first of its kind in Scotland, has been supplying the finest local, fresh produce for nearly two decades! Come along on the 2nd and 15th of December and buy some wonderful delicious treats for all the family to enjoy over the holidays.

Excellent food is also available from the wide selection and cafes and restaurants throughout the area and many venues also offer live entertainment. The Super Ceilidh at the award winning Hootanannys is very popular and runs every Saturday afternoon.

Visit Santa, explore a Christmas market, enjoy a Christmas Panto and more…

In the Victorian Market, Santa's elves will be hiding in the shop windows and will be checking up on boys and girls before Christmas Eve. They find all sorts of unusual places so come along and have lots of fun finding them on the 1st and 2nd December.

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a Christmas Panto and at Eden Court Theatre it’s the classic tale of Snow White from 5/12/2017 until 7/1/18. At the Inverness’ Wee Theatre, the Florians production this year will be Sleeping Beauty.

A magical Christmas experience for everyone is available at Simpsons Garden Centre. Take a trip through the Winter Wonderland Walkway and get the chance to see all the very wonderful displays, lights and special friends along the way and then visit Santa in his Grotto!

The Inverness Christmas Craft and Food Fair at Eden Court Theatre from the 8th to 10th December offers an exquisite range of Art and Crafts under one roof. Next to the Highland’s cultural hotspot is the atmospheric Inverness Cathedral where a Concert by Candlelight by The Scottish Ensemble is taking place on 8th December.

The Spectacular annual Winter Wonderland on 15, 16 and 17 December will bring about a transformation Whin Park with wonderful illuminations setting the scene for Santa’s and his reindeer and Mascot Friends.

Hogmanay, Ceilidhs, Haggis, Music, Rallies and Snowsports…

On the last day of 2017 Scotland's biggest and most spectacular FREE Hogmanay party takes place in the Highland Capital. This family friendly event features three hugely popular traditional bands, Ho Ro, Skippinish and Skerryvore. A great fireworks display over Inverness Cathedral will signal the start of the New Year.

‘Bogmanay’ at Bogbain, one of the Highlands unique event venues, promises to be a night to remember. A fantastic 3 course dinner, Ceilidh and the amazing Blazin Fiddles will take you through to the Bells and into the New Year.

On the 25th January, across the Highlands and indeed throughout the world, Burns suppers and ceilidhs will be held to celebrate the National poet's birthday. There’s a Big Burns Stramash and Wee Burns Ceilidh to celebrate the Bard at Eden Court culminating in a lantern procession along the River Ness.

A ‘Nae Ordinary Burns Supper’ on 26th January with Fiona Kennedy is on at Drumossie Hotel and at the Ironworks Music Venue in Inverness, Folk Rock Highlanders TORRIDON will be providing the entertainment at their Burns Night Special on the 27th.

Staying with the 27th, and earlier that day the Aviemore Sled Dog Rally takes place on the forest trails around the beautiful Loch Morlich, in the shadow of the Cairngorm Mountains.

Into February and the Snowman Rally takes its usual slot as the first round of the Scottish Rally Championship on 10th February.

Inverness Fiddlers annual Rally will be held on 17 February – Feb and will be a foot-stomping night of traditional Scottish music.

Groove Cairngorm is the UK's only winter music and snow sports festival and returns on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th February at the Cairngorm Mountain & Badaguish Outdoor Centre.

Lots to do then as we journey through the winter months in the Highlands. Hope you are able enjoy some of the wonderful events that this truly special part of the world has to offer.

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