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Top festive kids' events in the Highlands

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Winter Wonderland at Whin Park.
Winter Wonderland at Whin Park.

LOOKING to keep your kids occupied this festive period? Check out these top events that will really get them into the Christmas spirit!

All Together More... Festivities

Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness (December 7-24)

Highlights include The Angels on a mission to spread peace, love and joy to all, a toy testing workshop and a chance to see the enchanting stilt walking Ice King and Queen.

All Together More... Ho! Ho! Ho!

Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness (December 7&8, 12-15, 19-22)

He's making a list, he's checking it twice, he's going to find out who's naughty or nice... adjacent to Next, come along and meet Santa in his Beauty and the Beast themed grotto!

Winter Wonderland and Grotto

Simpsons Garden Centre, Inverness (December 7&8, 11-15, 18-24)

Take a trip through a magical winter wonderland walkway where you will get the chance to see all the wonderful displays, lights and special friends that have come to Simpsons this festive season. Finish your visit with a visit to see Santa in his grotto. Prices from £4.99 per person

Creative Christmas Co-op and Pop-up Shop

Victorian Market, Inverness (December 7-22)

An independent pop-up shop in the Victorian Market offering Christmas gifts and fun activities for the kids. Shop debut children's books, illustrations, toys, clothing, home accessories, Christmas decorations and travel souvenirs while enjoying a range of events and workshops including storytelling in English and Gaelic, artists producing on site, and children's creative space.

Falcon Square in Inverness.
Falcon Square in Inverness.

The Cairngorm Group Window Wonderland

Falcon Square, Inverness (December 7-23)

This market will feature various attractions such as a candy cane bungee trampoline and carousel swings. Complimented by a bratwurst swing grill and a Nutella House, alpine huts will also offer high-quality personalised gifts, cheese and confectionery.

Funbox: The Wild West Show

Elgin Town Hall (December 7)

Saddle up partners as Funbox head out on the prairie for their brand new spectacular for 2019; The Wild West Show. Jam-packed with sing-along favourites like Skip To Ma Lou, Oh My Darling Clementine, as well as brand new songs, The Wild West Show is a right-rollicking rodeo ride for all the family. Remember to come dressed for the wild west – big people too!

Frozen 2 Dance Workshop

Old High Church, Inverness (December 8)

Celebrate the release of Frozen 2 with exciting drama, dance and singing workshops inspired by the film.


Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (December 12-21)

From the team that brought you Little Lamp and Frosty's Allotment, step out into the first snow this winter in search of the perfect crunch. Crunch is suitable for children aged 3-6 and their families and promises to be the perfect snowy start to your winter festivities.

Winter Wonderland

Whin Park, Inverness (December 13-15)

Santa's visit to Whin Park with his reindeer is one of the most popular Christmas events in the Highlands. You will love seeing the joy in the eyes of the little ones as they discover just how beautiful the illuminations in Whin Park are. Not to be missed. Admission is free. Please note that dogs cannot be admitted on site.

Hansel and Gretel

Richmond Memorial Hall, Tomintoul (December 14)

Hansel and Gretel are lost, searching for a way home, only to find themselves on the menu of a sweet-toothed witch. Goody and Storey and Norwich Puppet Theatre present a colourful retelling of the classic Grimm's fairytale, serving up a feast of delicious music, dynamic scenery and knock-your-socks-off puppetry. A show to tickle your eyes, your ears and your tastebuds.

Baby Steps

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (December 18-20)

A unique sensory space to play and move for very little ones. Baby Steps will be presented this December at Eden Court, as an early development of a new piece of immersive creative play theatre.

* Information courtesy of whatsonhighlands

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