Stirling is hosting a series of special events over the festive season to celebrate Christmas and Hogmanay in spectacular style.
With a focus on families, fun and putting a fresh twist on old favourites, Stirling has something to keep everyone entertained this winter.
Events include Make Merry at the Movies, Santa's Parade & Christmas Lights Switch On and A Night to Remember on Hogmanay, with fireworks and entertainment for all ages in the city’s King’s Park.
We even have a 5km Resolution Run on January 1st 2016 - for those who like a challenge!
Make Merry at the MoviesFestive Family Film Screening and Face Painting at the Tolbooth - don't miss it!
Christmas Lights Switch On, 15th NovemberJoin Santa in his Parade as he heads down King Street on his way to his Grotto.
A Night To RememberA spectacular night with a light and sound procession to King's Park with entertainment for all the family.
When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna's sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell. Although this epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman, harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter's cold grip.
Dressing up is encouraged for this event (and will add to the fun) - why not come as Anna, Elsa or Olaf
How can Santa Clause deliver billions of presents to the whole world in just one night?
With an army of one million combat-style Field Elves and a vast, state-of-the-art control center under the ice of the North Pole! So how could this incredible operation have MISSED one child?! To Santa's young son, Arthur, it threatens to end the magic of Christmas.
Deck the halls with excitement, fun and wonder in this new Christmas classic!
Santa Parade and Christmas Light Switch On
The afternoon will be hosted by Central FM with help from special guests. The Christmas lights will be switched on by The Thistles Shopping Centre competition winner at 5.00pm at the bottom of King Street. Running order
Fun for all the family
We’re doing something a little different for Hogmanay in Stirling this year.
To celebrate all of our communities and our spectacular city, we're holding a Carnival of Light and Sound with a parade through the city centre followed by entertainment at King's Park. We will also have a Midnight Moment of fireworks across the city skyline and a Resolution Run on New Year's Day to kick-start us into a healthy and happy 2016.
The Light Parade will feature sculptures and lanterns from local community groups and schools, and will be animated and enhanced by performances from musicians, bands and arts groups making it an incredible spectacle to watch. In the run-up to the big procession on December 31st.
The parade will travel down King Street, along Port Street and toward King's Park, for two hours of free family entertainment from 7pm to 9pm, culminating in a fun fireworks display.
Then as the clock strikes 12, Stirling's 'Midnight Moment' will be marked by a spectacular fireworks display, which will light up the city's skyline.
A call for participants The workshops will be run by experienced carnival artists and will be great fun. Come along to as many workshops as you want to, but remember to book your place. If you have attended a workshops you can join the parade, we will need you to carry all your fabulous lanterns!
Please note: You must book a place on the workshops as spaces are limited
Join in our free, family-friendly fun run on New Year's Day and start off 2016 the right way. The run, with 5k and 2.5k options, will take place in the scenic grounds of the University of Stirling, starting from the playing fields by the Gannochy Sports Centre at 1pm.Registration forms can be downloaded here, at the Run4It shop in Bridge of Allan and at The Peak. Please bring forms to the Run4It shop to register and collect numbers. Registration will also be available on the day from 12pm at the Gannochy.
Stirling has excellent public transport links and visitors were urged to use public transport wherever possible.
Parking at the events is strictly limited and visitors are encouraged to park centrally using the Park and Ride facilities and walk to the event from the City.
Stirling is well serviced by a network of local and national bus services. Routes, times and fares to Stirling are available from Traveline Scotland.
Stirling has excellent train services from the main cities in Scotland such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee and Perth as well as more local stations.
There is some car parking for disabled blue badge holders on a first come first served basis.
Park and Ride options in Stirling city centre were available at:: Stirling Council - Park and Ride
To help avoid unnecessary delays and maximise the Stirling Military Show, Stirling Council encouraged visitors to make travel plans and plot thier journey ahead of time.
Check out Visit Scotland's Website for information on accommodation in Stirling.
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