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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.

Christmas Lights Switch On


Santa's procession in Stirling City Centre

Alberts Hall, Sunday 19 November 2pmStirling

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

City Centre, Sunday, 19 November 5pm Stirling City

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!

Little Mix

Tribute Band - Little Fix

Sunday 19 NovemberCity Centre Stirling
Alix Muir

Alix Muir - Local Singer-Songwriter

City Centre, Sunday, 19 November Stirling City
Europa Stage

Europa Stage

Sunday 19 NovemberEuropa Music, Friar St

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:

  • The Nickajack Men - alt rock n roll

  • Great Red Shark - indie/jangley post-punk

  • The Cobalts - harmony driven indie/rock

  • Leo McArdle - melodic acoustic pop.


2:15pm - 4:45pm

Europa Music, Friars Street

What's On

Lots to do in and around Stirling

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

Stirling's Hogmanay 2017

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)

For Terms and Conditions - see below

City Centre full of revellers   Beat That Drummers   Happy New Year Lantern   Light dancer   Fireworks display

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Stirling Winter Festival 2016/17 Gallery

City of Stirling

Stirling Winter Festival 2015/16 Gallery

City of Stirling

Getting here

Stirling has excellent public transport links and visitors were urged to use public transport wherever possible.

Travelling by bus

Stirling is well serviced by a network of local and national bus services. Routes, times and fares to Stirling are available from Traveline Scotland.

Travelling by train

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.

Travel tips:


Check out Destination Stirling's Website for information on accommodation in Stirling.

Please read the list of Terms & Conditions below carefully:

  • 1) TICKETS ARE FOR ONE FIREWORKS DISPLAY ONLY and are not valid for the other display. Please make sure that you book tickets for the right time as they cannot be exchanged. The 9.00pm display is recommended for families and young people and the midnight display is recommended for over 18s.
  • 2) ENTRY TO THE VENUE FOR TICKET HOLDERS IS VIA MAR PLACE, all other access routes will be closed.
  • 3) THERE IS NO PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE and road closures and parking restrictions will be in place at the Top of the Town for the event. Details of public transport and city centre car parks are on this website.
  • 4) DO NOT BRING ALCOHOL TO THE ESPLANADE. You will not be permitted to bring alcohol into the venue but there will be an outdoor bar selling alcohol and soft drinks on site. Any alcohol brought to the venue will be confiscated and disposed of.
  • 5) BAG SEARCHES WILL BE IN OPERATION. For this reason we would ask that you bring bags no bigger than 30cm x 30cm. No rucksacks permitted. For the purposes of public safety there will be increased security across the board at these events.
  • 6) TICKETS WILL BE POSTED IN EARLY DECEMBER. Please note: If you are picking up your tickets in person then they can be picked up from the Albert Halls Box Office up until 6.00pm on Friday 29th December 2017.
  • 7) IF AN EXISTING CUSTOMER then you must confirm the postal address we have on system.
  • 8) IF A NEW CUSTOMER then you must supply an address.
  • 10) TICKET HOLDERS with small children are advised that the fireworks display may be too loud for babies and small children and also bringing pushchairs and buggies into a fully standing arena is not advisable. Also ALL children must hold a ticket.
  • 11) NO UNACCOMPANIED MINORS (under 18's) PERMITTED AT EITHER DISPLAY. All under 18's should be accompanied by an adult.

  • Please make sure that you are dressed suitably for the weather. Wrap up warm!

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