What’s on in Inverness Winter 2018-19

What’s on this Winter in the Highlands?

Boy in Santa Hat looking at the Christmas lightsThe winter season has definitely arrived as daylight hours get shorter and temperatures drop. But at this magical time of the year, there’s plenty Christmas cheer to warm us all up. So, we thought we would take a look some of the upcoming events and attractions in Inverness this winter.

In Inverness and the many surrounding villages, Christmas lights will soon be 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…

Christmas decorations for sale on a market stallThe Inverness Farmers Market, the first of its kind in Scotland, has been supplying the finest local, fresh produce for nearly two decades! So come along on the 1st and 22nd December to buy some delicious treats for all the family.

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 Hootananny is very popular and runs most Saturday afternoons.

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 30th November and 1st December.

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a Christmas Panto and at Eden Court Theatre it’s the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk from 5th December to 6th January.

A magical Christmas experience for everyone is available at Simpsons Garden Centre. Take a trip to the Winter Wonderland 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 16th to 18th November offers an exquisite range of Art and Crafts under one roof.

The spectacular annual Winter Wonderland on 14th to 16th December will bring about a transformation of Whin Park with wonderful illuminations setting the scene for Santa’s and his reindeer and Mascot Friends.

Hogmanay, ceilidhs, haggis, music, rallies and snow sports …

Fireworks writing 2019 in the skyOn the last day of 2018 Scotland’s biggest and most spectacular FREE Hogmanay Party takes place in the Highland Capital. This family friendly event features traditional bands. Plus, a great fireworks display over Inverness Cathedral to 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 dinner and Ceilidh. With the amazing Tartan Paint to 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. Including a Burns Night Ceilidh at the Mercure Hotel in aid of Alzheimer Scotland.

On the 26th and 27th January, 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 will take it usual slot as the first round of the Scottish Rally Championship.

Inverness Fiddlers’ Rally will be held on 16th February 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 this 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 on offer.