National Trust for Scotland's top five festive highlights for 2014

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  • 18 November 2014
National Trust Scotland's top five festive highlights for 2014

Grab Christmas by the antlers at one of our events across Scotland

Kick off your family’s festive celebrations with some sparkly fun, courtesy of the National Trust for Scotland

Trust properties from Inverurie to Castle Douglas are brimming with good cheer, season’s greetings and great family fun. Santa and Mrs Claus will be all over the place to hear Christmas wishes, plus there will be roof-raising carol concerts, glitter-tastic craft activities and plenty of Christmas shopping opportunities too. The Trust’s time machines will be working overtime transporting visitors back to Christmases past too.

Keeping Christmas with Mrs Claus
Mrs Claus takes up her annual residency at the beautiful Pollok House, right up until Christmas Eve. She’ll be checking who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, hearing Christmas wishes and handing out presents while preparations at the North Pole. The halls will be well and truly decked too, as every room will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland from days gone by.

Pollok House, Glasgow, 29 Nov–24 Dec.

Christmas Fair
Beautiful Kellie Castle is taking you back in time for the magic of a Victorian Christmas. Deck the halls, stir the Christmas pud and see how much glitter a Christmas card can handle. Pick up perfect presents too from local crafters and, of course, the Trust’s own fabulous range of festive gifts.

Kellie Castle, Pittenweem, 6–7 Dec.

Elf Training School
Budding Buddy the Elves are being summoned to learn the skills to help out Santa at this busy time of year. At Elf School, ‘students’ will learn about 'Elf and Safety' training, present wrapping and reindeer food preparation. Successful elves are rewarded with a certificate and crafty Christmas fun.

David Livingstone Centre, Blantyre, 6–7, 13–14 Dec.

Santa and Mrs Claus are coming to …

Ho, ho, ho! Santa and Mrs Claus are stopping by Newhailes to receive Christmas lists! The Stables will be transformed into a gorgeous grotto and there might be some gifts ...

Newhailes, Musselburgh ,6–7, 13–14 Dec.

Christmas through the ages

Santa’s coming to Castle Fraser in style – he’s arriving by horse and carriage. Toast the big event with a warming mug of mulled punch, and spread some Christmas cheer with some carols. Inside the castle, check out Christmas from Victorian and Tudor times, with authentic costumes, seasonal sword fighting, traditional Victorian games and Christmas crafts.

Castle Fraser, Inverurie, 13–14 Dec.

Visit for the full festive events programme, to book tickets and for your chance to win some fantastic prizes!

Elf Training School

Christmas is a very busy time for Santa so it's all hands on deck to make sure everyone gets a present. To enter the work shop elf trainees have to complete some fun tasks, including Elf and Safety training, parcel wrapping and reindeer food making. After you've earned your certificate it's in to the workshop to make a…

Christmas through the Ages

Enjoy some mulled punch and Christmas carols while you wait the arrival of Father Christmas on his horse and carriage. Journey through the Castle and experience Christmas with Tudor and Victorian re-enactors – try sword fighting in the Great Hall and play Victorian games in the Library.

Christmas Fair

Let us help you get into the spirit of Christmas in the wonderful setting of Kellie Castle. There will be a range of exciting activities for the whole family including, crafts, decorating the Christmas tree, stirring the Christmas pudding before making a wish and lots more.

Visit Mrs Claus at Newhailes

There's a special visitor at Newhailes this Christmas. Come along and visit Mrs Claus … Santa's Stables Grotto on 6th & 7th of December. Tell her how good you have been this year and receive a small gift to take home! Booking essential to avoid disappointment as Mrs. Claus is very busy at this time of year!

Mrs Claus is Keeping Christmas at Pollok House

Enjoy a truly magical family Christmas when you bring the children to meet the award-winning Mrs Claus at Pollok House! The House will be decorated top to toe - each room in a different theme! You’ll find a mouth-watering daily festive lunch in The Kitchen Restaurant, plenty of gift ideas in our gift shop and lots of…

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