Stirling, the perfect place to visit during the festive season, bring some sparkle to your season in Stirling.
Join us for an outstanding programme of events for the whole family to enjoy, including Christmas Shopping and Hogmanay Celebrations, as well as 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
Santa and his reindeer began the festive celebrations in Stirling City Centre at this FREE family event.
Santa’s reindeer were outside the Albert Halls.
They then join Santa and set off through the city centre, winding their way through Corn Exchange and down King Street, Murray Place, Friars Street, Baker Street, Corn Exchange then returning to the Albert Halls for a well earned rest.
This was followed by a radio roadshow at the foot of King Street in partnership with Capital Scotland.
Stirling Christmas Light Switch On
The Capital Scotand Radio Roadshow kept everyone entertained with their festive roadshow at the foot of King Street.
The annual Switch On had star sparkle this year from former Britian's Got Talent winner Jai McDowall. Jai was headlining the event in the City Centre!
The entertainment programme also included performances from Ariana Grande tribute - Simply Ariana, fronted by the amazing Gemma Lamont, singer songwriter Tommy Maguire and pupils from Stirling High School.
Ariana Grande tribute - Simply Ariana
Friars Street Stage
The annual Stirling Christmas Lights Switch On had star sparkle this year from former Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall. Ayrshire born McDowall won the fifth season of Britain’s Got Talent, capturing the hearts of a nation with his powerhouse vocals and natural charm.
The entertainment programme included performances from Ariana Grande tribute - Simply Ariana, top right, fronted by the amazing Gemma Lamont. Gemma is a professional singer, dancer and choreographer who brought the music and magic of Ariana to Stirling.
Performances also by singer, songwriter, Tommy McGuire, who is an up and coming musician who has appeared to great acclaim at events across Scotland, having performed at a variety of venues including King Tut’s and The Classic Grande. Tommy takes influence from the music he grew up listening to - Paolo Nutini is definitely an influence but he is just one of many along with Motown, soul and even a bit of country.
The Big Noise Orchestra performed in the City Centre and a second performance stage on Friars Street showcased young local bands and musicians.
Stirling Farmers Markets
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 Your Stirling Website
Phil Cunningham's Songbook
To celebrate Hogmanay 2018 and bring in the New Year in style, Stirling will host two spectacular events on the iconic Stirling Castle Esplanade. There can be no better place to bring in the New Year with friends.
7:45pm - 9:00pm - Radio Roadshow in partnership with Capital Scotland and DJ Fat Brestovca, featuring competitions and live music performances from local band The Cobalts and Soul Nation Choir.
There will be hot food vendors on site and adults (over 18) can bring their own alcohol on site (please note: no glass will be allowed and a Challenge 25 policy will be in place - stewards or police may ask for ID from anyone bringing alcohol who appears younger than 25).
9.00pm – Spectacular overhead fireworks from the grounds of Stirling Castle. The fireworks at the Family Event are specifically designed for a family audience and will be softer and quieter than the later event.
Tickets £6 each or £20 for a family ticket of four (all attendees must have a valid ticket including babies). £1 booking fee per ticket. The main event access will be via the Stirling Castle access road).
10.15PM Gates Open
10:45pm - Midnight Radio roadshow in partnership with Capital Scotland an dDJ Fat Brestovca, featuring competitions and live music performances from local band Cobalts, Mark Angels and from Soul Nation. There will be hot food vendors on site and adults (over 18) can bring their own alcohol on site (plese note no glass will be allowed and a Challenge 25 policy will be in place - stewards or police may ask for ID from anyone bringing alcohol who appears younger thant 25).
Midnight – Spectacular fireworks display simultaneously from the grounds of Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument. This amazing display will herald in the 150th anniversary year for the National Wallace Monument. (Please note these fireworks will be louder and more impactful than the earlier event and may not be suitable for younger children)Monday 31st December 2018
12.15am – Event closes
Tickets £10 each (all attendees must have a valid ticket). £1 booking fee per ticket. The main event access will be via the Stirling Castle access road). Both events will be ticketed with tickets available here, through Culture Stirling .
Plan early and book your tickets in advance. Those without a ticket will not be able to enter the Esplanade area.
There will also be many other events and activities taking place throughout Stirling on December 31st, including relaxed family ceilidhs at The Tolbooth and the traditional and very popular Albert Halls Hogmanay Ceilidh, 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 afternoon ceilidh then finish the evening off at our family fireworks display? It’
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.
Additional buses every Sunday from 18 November until 23 December 2018.
Christmas Park & Ride Timetable: Springkerse – Morrison’s Store – Sports Village – Forthside – Railway Station – City Centre
Prices for tickets are:
Season Tickets are available from Stirling Bus Station Ticket Sales office: Weekly: £4.80/4 Weekly: £17.50
Castleview Park & Ride will continue to operate to the normal Monday to Saturday timetable.
Springkerse and Castleview Park & Ride will not operate on 25, 26 December 2018 and 1, 2 January 2019
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 Your Stirling Website for information on accommodation in Stirling.
Please make sure that you are dressed suitably for the weather. Wrap up warm!