Autumn and Winter Events in Inverness and Loch Ness

Inverness and Loch Ness really is a destination you can visit all year round and always have something to do, but in Autumn and Winter, with crisp bright days and cozy nights with roaring fires, it really is a fabulous time of year to come! As well as the majority of the popular attractions and activities still being available, there are also some fantastic fun events on the run up to Christmas and the new year that will make you want to visit even more!


With a mystical legendary monster in our waters and some gory historical events, we are ready to celebrate the ghoulish time of Halloween! 

Fun activities and spooky tales a plenty between 10th - 23rd October at the Highlanders Museum at Fort George (Fort Entry fee payable unless you are already a member) or if you are looking for something a little more active you can dance the night away at the Inverness Ice Centre at their Halloween Disco 

At Inverness Botanic Gardens, the ‘Night at the BOOtanics’ experience is back from 26th – 30th October 2022. The family night sees the gardens turned into an immersive light and projection experience bringing the plants, gardens and unexpected features to life through a Trick or Treat Trail.

Craggan Outdoors have the perfect variety of spooky themed activities with their Halloween Adventure Trail -available on 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th of October!

Or if you like a night of mystery and suspense, how about joining the Glen Mhor hotel on the 28th October for their Murder mystery night


Autumn Events

It is fabulous to have events back up and running and there is a buzz of events in the Autumn and the run up to Winter in Inverness and Loch Ness.

We should first of all mention Eden Court Theatre and cinemas with a huge programme of shows and events all year round, although perfect for the shorter Autumnal days when it's dark and maybe a little cooler outside, the theatre and cinemas will have something to keep you entertained for hours on end.

We are hoping that all being well, the annual Bonfire and fireworks display at Bught park will go ahead on November 5th keep an eye on the Highlife Highland Social pages for more information.

Eden Court

Autumn getaways

How about making a night, or even a weekend of it with a stay at one of the many local hotels offering evening experiences and events over the next few months.

Do you like a dram? Or is prosecco more your thing? Join the Glen Mhor hotel for their Prosecco Day on the 8th October or the Whisky Experience with the dram queen on the 17th November or dance the night away with a Robbie Williams tribute evening on the 26th November.

Grab the girls for an Autumn getaway! The Palace Hotel offer a great range of packages and offers, the perfect excuse for a catch up with pals or a pre Christmas treat. Why not tick two things off the list, a catch up and Christmas shopping with the "Sugar and Spice Luxury Christmas shopping deal" or enjoy the "Festivi-teas intoxicating tea party!".



Christmas Fayres and Markets

Everyone loves a Christmas market and there are plenty to choose from in Inverness and Loch Ness.

Santa's Grotto is opening at An Talla from the 25th November, a wonderful hour-long story telling experience with Santa, bookings open at the end of September, keep an eye on An Talla's social media for more information. They also have Christmas Markets on 9th - 11th December and 16th- 18th December.

You can skate with Santa at the Inverness Ice Centre Christmas market - 16th - 18th December.



Inverness Leisure are hosting the Giant Christmas Fayre on Saturday 28th November.

Cawdor Castle are hosting their Christmas Market on the 10th - 11th of December.

Exclusively Highland has its December Christmas Market at Eden Court on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of December.


christmas fayre

If you are looking to celebrate Christmas, Hogmanay or both in Inverness or Loch Ness, make sure to read our related blogs to get all the information and packages available.

Celebrate Christmas in Inverness and Loch Ness

Hogmanay in the Highlands

Hogmanay New Year