Grab Christmas by the antlers and kick off your family’s festive celebrations with some sparkly fun, courtesy of the National Trust for Scotland.
Trust properties from Inverurie to Castle Douglas are brimming with good cheer, season’s greetings and great family fun. Santa and Mrs Claus will be all over the place to hear Christmas wishes, plus there will be roof-raising carol concerts, glitter-tastic craft activities and plenty of Christmas shopping opportunities too. The Trust’s time machines will be working overtime transporting visitors back to Christmases past too.
Some of the Trust’s festive highlights for 2014 are:
Keeping Christmas with Mrs Claus, Pollok House, Glasgow, 29 November – 24 December
Mrs Claus takes up her annual residency at the beautiful Pollok House, right up until Christmas Eve. She’ll be checking who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, hearing Christmas wishes and handing out presents while preparations are underway at the North Pole. The halls will be well and truly decked too, as every room will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland from days gone by.
Christmas Fair, Kellie Castle, Pittenweem, 6 and 7 December
Beautiful Kellie Castle is taking you back in time for the magic of a Victorian Christmas. Deck the halls, stir the Christmas pud and see how much glitter a Christmas card can handle. Pick up perfect presents too from local crafters and, of course, the Trust’s own fabulous range of festive gifts.
Elf Training School, David Livingstone Centre, Blantyre, 6, 7, 13, 14 December
Budding Buddy the Elves are being summoned to learn the skills to help out Santa at this busy time of year. At Elf School, ‘students’ will learn about Elf and Safety training, present wrapping and reindeer food preparation. Successful elves are rewarded with a certificate and crafty Christmas fun.
Santa and Mrs Claus are coming to… Newhailes, Musselburgh, 6, 7, 13 and 14 December
Ho, ho, ho! Santa and Mrs Claus are stopping by Newhailes to receive Christmas lists! The Stables will be transformed into a gorgeous grotto and there might be some gifts….
Christmas through the ages, Castle Fraser, Inverurie, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December
Santa’s coming to Castle Fraser in style – he’s arriving by horse and carriage. Toast the big event with a warming mug of mulled punch, and spread some Christmas cheer with some carols. Inside the castle, check out Christmas from Victorian and Tudor times, with authentic costumes, seasonal sword fighting, traditional Victorian games and Christmas crafts.
For tickets for all of these events and the full festive programme, visit: www.nts.org.uk.
The National Trust for Scotland is one of Scotland’s leading conservation charities, which relies on the financial support of its members and donors to fund its important work of caring for the natural and cultural heritage of Scotland for everyone to enjoy.
You can join the National Trust for Scotland for as little as £5.95 per month for a family. To become a member, visit http://www.nts.org.uk/Join/Benefits/.