Stirling is the perfect place to visit this festive season.
Join us for an outstanding programme of events for the whole family to enjoy, including Carol Concerts, Christmas Markets, Great shopping, and a fantastic range of bars and restaurants to visit, all set against a sparkling festive backdrop.
There really is no better place to enjoy this special time of year.
See Santa's procession in Stirling City Centre
Come and join Santa and his reindeer begin the festive celebrations in Stirling City Centre at this FREE family event.
Competition winner, Mylo Baker age 7, will travel with Santa in his sleigh during the parade, walk with Santa through The Thistles to the Snow Circus and be the first child to visit the new Snow Circus
Santa’s reindeer will be outside the Albert Halls from 2.00pm then ready to set off through the city centre, winding their way through Corn Exchange and down King Street and finishing at Santa’s Christmas Home inside The Thistles shopping centre.
This will be followed by a radio roadshow at the foot of King Street and Stirling High School Choir 2:15pm along with Macrobets Arts Centre Panto appearance at 2:30.
Followed by family competitions and music.
The Christmas Light Switch On
The Central FM Radio Roadshow will keep everyone entertained with the festive roadshow at the foot of King Street from 2.15pm onwards.
As well as competitions and giveaways there will also be live musical performances from local singer, songwriter Alix Muir at 2:45pm and Little Mix tribute group - Little Fix at 3:05pm, more family competitions and the Big Stirling Monopoly give away at 3:35pm.
The Stirling Christmas Lights will be switched on by 7 year old Mylo Baker from Bannockburn, who won The Thistles Shopping Centre Snow Circus competition, Mark Sharp will follow and even more competitions.
The evening celebrations will continue with our special guests, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers! finishing at 5:45pm.
Make sure you don't miss out on a fantastic day!
Tribute Band - Little Fix
Alix Muir - Local Singer-Songwriter
As part of Stirling Council's Christmas Lights switch on celebrations, the Tolbooth will be working in collaboration with Europa Music to stage an afternoon of outdoor live music from some excellent emerging live bands and artists:
Stirling Farmers Markets
Shopping in Stirling
Eating and Drinking
See below a sample of what's on offer in and around the Stirling area - For all your latest update on What's On in and around Stirling througout the festivities see Destination Stirling Website
To celebrate Hogmanay 2017 and bring in the New Year in style, Stirling will host its biggest ever midnight fireworks display to light up the Stirling skyline. There will also be a fantastic, fun, fireworks display at 9.00pm for families and young people with a viewing area for both displays (for up to 1,500 people) on Stirling Castle Esplanade.
This year’s fireworks will once again be focussed around the iconic Stirling Castle, which has been an integral part of Stirling’s Hogmanay Celebrations for many years and provides a stunning backdrop to the displays. There will also be drumming & piping groups to keep revellers entertained, whilst waiting for the fireworks, and hot food and an outdoor bar.
The displays will be ticketed with all proceeds from sales going directly back into the spectacular displays and associated infrastructure. The tickets have been kept very affordable and will be on sale from this website on Friday 17th November 2017 from 9.00am onwards (see below).
Plan early and book your tickets in advance. Those without a ticket will not be able to enter the viewing area.
There will also be many other events and activities taking place throughout Stirling on December 31st, including free, lantern-making workshops at The Tolbooth - workshop spaces for December 31st can be booked here on a first-come-first-served basis from Friday 24th November. (watch out for more information soon). The traditional and very popular Albert Halls Hogmanay Ceilidh will also be on, with dinner, dancing, entertainment and a full bar.
Come along and enjoy the festive fun!
For family groups, why not make a day of it and bring your family to the free, lantern-making workshops and finish the evening off at our family fireworks display? It’s sure to be a day to remember!
Keep checking back here for details on events and timings in the next few weeks.
7.45PM – 9.15PM
Sunday 31st December 2017
Stirling Castle Esplanade
With Stirling City Radio and a live, acoustic set from BBC’s ‘The Voice’ winner, Steve McCrorie
Tickets £5 / £15 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 under 16s)
Buy your tickets here(TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE HERE - from Friday 17th Nov)
10.45PM – 12.15AM
Sunday 31st December 2017
Stirling Castle Esplanade
With Stirling City Radio and live DJ sets
Tickets £6 - Buy your tickets here (TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE HERE - from Friday 17th Nov)
For Terms and Conditions - see below
Stirling has excellent public transport links and visitors were urged to use public transport wherever possible.
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.
Check out Destination Stirling's Website for information on accommodation in Stirling.
Please make sure that you are dressed suitably for the weather. Wrap up warm!