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.
Santa's procession in Stirling City Centre
You joined Santa and his reindeer when he began the festive celebrations in Stirling City Centre at this FREE family event.
Competition winner, Mylo Baker age 7, travelled with Santa in his sleigh during the parade, walked with Santa through The Thistles to the Snow Circus and was the first child to visit the new Snow Circus
Santa’s reindeer were outside the Albert Halls at 2.00pm then set off through the city centre, winding their way through Corn Exchange and down King Street and finished at Santa’s Christmas Home inside The Thistles shopping centre.
This was 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 kept everyone entertained with the festive roadshow at the foot of King Street from 2.15pm onwards.
As well as competitions and giveaways there was live musical performances from local singer, songwriter Alix Muir and Little Mix tribute group - Little Fix, more family competitions and the Big Stirling Monopoly give away.
The Stirling Christmas Lights were switched on by 7 year old Mylo Baker from Bannockburn, who won The Thistles Shopping Centre Snow Circus competition, Mark Sharp followed and even more competitions.
The evening celebrations continued with our special guests, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers! finishing at 5:45pm.
Hope you all had 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 worked 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 (10:45pm - 12:15am) to light up the Stirling skyline. There will also be a fantastic, fun, fireworks display at 9.00pm (7:45 - 9pm) 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 are on sale from this website.
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. 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 (£1 booking fee for each ticket)
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 (£1 booking fee for each ticket)
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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!