Historic Scotland has Christmas all wrapped up
Edinburgh and Stirling castles set to host festive events this winter
Looking to get into that Christmas spirit nice and early but having trouble finding some festive inspiration? Sometimes we forget about the very best things on our doorstep but, this year, you really need to look no further than Historic Scotland’s world-famous attractions for bags of holiday cheer. There’s no better time to visit than the festive period: the buildings take on an incredibly special atmosphere, and you get to soak up the majestic surroundings without having to contend with the tourist crowd.
At Edinburgh Castle there’s an action-packed daily programme of costumed performances transporting you through over 3,000 years of history at Scotland’s most majestic fortress (the site of the castle has been occupied since the Bronze age). You can also experience the magic of the the annual city favourite Carol Concert which is guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit.
The Stewart Christmas at Stirling Castle attracts thousands of visitors every year who flock to see a very light hearted and irreverent return to the period of Mary, Queen of Scots and discover what Christmas was like in the 16th Century Royal Stewart Court. All the family can get involved in this fantastic spectacle - try your hand at renaissance games and dancing or sample and wear the fashions of the time. Wonder at the skill of highly-trained jugglers and enjoy the mini pantomime as Baron Hardegg and his incompetent Squire, Hugo Softboiled, make an appearance. There’s also a Christmas Shopping Fayre full of fun and unusual gift ideas and experiences – know someone who would fancy being a zookeeper for a day? Here’s the place where you can make that wish come true.
For a full listing of everything that’s on, visit www.festivefun.co.uk. Go on – get involved with your local piece of history this year.