Top Tips for A Festive Winter Day Out:
The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us, don’t let these cold and dark evenings spoil your festive spirit. The festive period is the time to spend with loved ones and make ever-lasting memories, and we think it is the perfect opportunity to plan a fun-filled winter day out and get into the festive spirit early, appreciating all the joyous atmospheres associated with the festivities.
We’ve created a list of our top 6 festive events in and around our luxury resort below, let us know if you’ve visited our top picks, and if you have any other festive events to add to the list – tweet us @cameronlodges or leave us a comment on Facebook, we’d love to hear all about your festive itinerary this year.
1. Glasgow Christmas Markets
Is Christmas really Christmas without a visit to the traditional Christmas markets? We don’t think so. The Christmas markets have officially returned to Glasgow City Centre this winter at St Enoch’s Square and George Square offering both unique festive gifts and a selection of delicious culinary treats to enjoy as you wander through the streets of Glasgow.
The Christmas Village located at St Enoch’s Square has over 50 seasonal stalls featuring scrumptious German cuisine, chocolate crepes and many more festive indulgences to enjoy. Take a gentle stroll through the stalls enjoying a glass of festive cheer and a variety of unique festive gifts to surprise your loved ones with on Christmas Day. With a contagious festive spirit, St Enoch’s Markets welcomes a few new additions including two new German bars and a spectacular German windmill feature. We guarantee that St Enoch’s Christmas Market is the place to get your festive cheer on, as you appreciate the joyous festive atmosphere and the sparkling Christmas lights which light up the streets of Glasgow.
After visiting St Enoch’s Christmas Market take a stroll towards the illuminating Christmas lights located at George Square for the ultimate festive experience, as George Square is known to come alive for the Christmas season. Traders worldwide come together and set up beautiful seasonal chalets to provide you with a perfect selection of little Christmas gifts. As you wander through the chalets, appreciating the winter cheer, take your little ones down the vintage Helter Skelter and watch the smiles on their faces as they ride around the traditional carousel. George Square is undoubtedly the perfect place to soak up the festive atmosphere and enjoy some quality family time.
After all your browsing and Christmas shopping, the welcoming bar offers the perfect refuge for adults to enjoy a range of festive beverages and appreciate the heart-warming festive cheer. Before leaving George Square’s Christmas Market, don’t forget to take a ride on the iconic big wheel for breath-taking city views. Please visit this website for more information: https://bit.ly/2CGLw3R
2. Loch Lomond Shores Market
Celebrate the festivities with the 12 Days of Christmas Market at Loch Lomond Shores, appreciate the magical essence of Christmas with loved ones in the majestic Scottish countryside. Opening on the 12th of December until Christmas Eve, stroll through traditional market stalls featuring homemade Christmas arts and crafts, and enjoy an array of delicious street foods and mulled wine as you soak up the festive spirit on the banks of Loch Lomond. Treat your loved ones to a pre-Christmas adventure to Loch Lomond’s markets which are open from 10am until 4pm and we can guarantee you will leave with a festive luxury gift or full of festive spirit. Visit Loch Lomond Shores for more information: https://bit.ly/2Po0Qck
3. Stirling Winter Festival
Stirling is one of our favourite places to visit during the festive period, as it adds an extra sparkle to the holiday season. Enjoy an array of magical family-friendly Christmas events including Carol singing, Christmas shopping, and a Santa procession, which are all set against a beautiful festive background. Following all your Christmas shopping, Stirling plays hosts to a fantastic range of bars and restaurants to seek refuge in as you indulge in delicious local cuisine and sip on mulled wine or a beverage of your choice. Stirling is the perfect place to enjoy this special time of the year and make ever-lasting memories with those you love. Visit their website for more information: https://bit.ly/1WyLcmn
4. Santa’s Woodland Experience
Treat the little ones to a pre-Christmas adventure they won’t forget and visit Scotland’s number 1 outdoor woodland experience. Enjoy the beautiful scenic views as you explore through 14 acres of woodland in search of Santa’s hidden cabin and remember to keep your eyes peeled as you may come across some of Santa’s woodland neighbours during your travels. Once you arrive at the cabin, Santa will greet you and invite the little ones into his cabin where they can share all their Christmas wishes. Following your visit to Santa’s cabin, the tractor trailer will take you back to the shed where you can enjoy a range of hot beverages and scrumptious hot foods whilst being surrounded by beautiful Christmas décor. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy throughout this magical experience. For more information, please visit their website: https://bit.ly/2CLFTkO
5. Santa’s Grotto
Santa Claus is visiting Loch Lomond Shores this holiday season and your little ones won’t want to miss out on this fun-filled event. Santa has given his little helpers the afternoon off to spoil your little ones, treat them to free refreshments, a magical storytelling session, and take them into Santa’s secret toy room where they can see some of this years Christmas gifts. Following your tour through Santa’s toy room, the elves will board your little ones onto a magical train which will take them to meet Santa himself where they can hand over their Christmas Wishlist. The little ones will be sure to leave Santa’s grotto smiling as they receive an early special Christmas gift for being on Santa’s nice list. Don’t worry the fun isn’t over yet, following your visit to Santa Claus the little ones can ride on a magical fun-fair ride to finish off their Santa experience. Visit itison’s website for more information: https://bit.ly/2ADLsj1
A visit to the pantomime is a true Christmas tradition that will be sure to get you into the festive spirit as you enjoy laugh out loud comedy and classic Disney fables with your loved ones this winter. There are a variety of shows running this year for you to choose from including Aladdin at the Kings Theatre in Glasgow, Cinderella in Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre and finally Sleepin’ Cutie which is being performed at the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling. All three shows are guaranteed to have you giggling from start to finish.
The King’s Theatre has everything you could wish for this Christmas with the return of Elaine C Smith to play Widow Twankey in this year’s Aladdin pantomime. Expect flying carpets, a wish granting genie and an evil sorcerer who you can boo and hiss at, the Aladdin panto is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud throughout the whole show. Book your pantomime tickets here: https://bit.ly/2S5GFgs
One of the most loved stories returns to the Pavilion this winter, the magical adventures of Cinderella. With an all-star cast, you can expect lots of panto fun, sing-alongs, silliness, audience participation, laugh-out-loud-comedy and, enchanting scenery and costumes that will make your Pavilion panto experience one for the memory books. Book your pantomime tickets now: https://bit.ly/2POgoXe
Join Bonnie this winter as she navigates her way through a troubled friendship and a crazy Prince Charming who has declared his undying love for Bonnie, all to enjoy her birthday party but will she make it? Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon and find out if Bonnie makes it to her party whilst partaking in a lot of laughs, boos and hissing. To see Bonnie on stage, book your tickets here: https://bit.ly/2Py6Dv7
Following your action-packed winter day out with family or friends retreat to the banks of Loch Lomond for a luxury lodge break at Cameron Lodges. Cameron Lodges is a truly magical place where you can fully relax and put your feet up whilst enjoying the peace and serenity of Loch Lomond. We have a selection of properties available throughout the winter season which would provide the perfect refuge following your festive day out.
All information provided was accurate at time of publishing. Always check with the venues directly to confirm dates, times and availability.