Whether you’re visiting the Highlands as a family, couple or solo trip, there is plenty for you to see and explore during this wonderful month of December. From Classical Christmas concerts to live plays at the Eden Court theatre. There is plenty of fun for everyone this Christmas.
From the calendar we’ve created you’ll be able to pick and choose which events you’d like to experience and know which dates to book your stay with us.
Luckily most of these events are just a half an hour drive from the guest house, so if you get tired of sightseeing and crave something a bit more festive you can spend the day in Inverness where you could squeeze in a few of these experiences or just simply head over just in time for a play or music event.
For some of the events, which are a little further away, you could plan a trip to include some other activities or places you could see along the way.
Make sure to stop by our Christmas market this December and pick up something nice for your family back home or as a souvenir to remember your trip.
Inverness Farmers market – 4th and 18th Dec
Stalls of local produce (meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, cheese, home baking) in the Eastgate pedestrian area of Inverness city centre.
Exclusively Highlands Craft Market 3 – 5 Dec at Wildwoodz near Inverness
Inverness Farmers Market – 4th Dec – city centre
Cawdor Castle Christmas Market 11 – 12 Dec
As you’re wandering around the city of Inverness, pop in our art galleries showcasing some of the most unique works of local artists. And if you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute, you might find something here.
Christmas Mixed Exhibition 1st Oct – 24th Dec, Featuring paintings, jewellery and crafts by a range of our artists and all our festive favourites.
Christmas Art Exhibition 11th Dec, Art exhibition by local artists from Highland Amateur Artists. All commission from sales to go to RASASH and The Clay Studio.
Poetry open mic night 3rd 10th 17th Dec, Wonderful evenings of poetry and performances every Friday night.
Live Theatre & Concerts:
Experience a whole lot of magic this Christmas at our Theater in Inverness. From well-known live plays to Classical Music Concerts. Just the theatre itself is beautiful to walk around
Chicago 30th Nov – 4th Dec, “CHICAGO, the “sexiest musical ever” (Metro), is back for one week only starring Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes”
Luna 16th – 19th Dec, A unique sensory space to play, move and discover for very young children.
Cinderella 10th Dec – 8th Jan, “We promise a show packed full of side-splitting slapstick comedy, spectacular scenery, breath-taking costumes, stunning special effects and fabulous song and dance routines.”
The Gift 14th -23rd Dec, This festive show will ignite playfulness, inspiring children and their families to find new games together when it’s their turn to open gifts!
“Scottish Ensemble’s annual seasonal treat returns with an atmospheric and life-affirming evening of music set within a shimmering array of candles.”
The music scene in December is livelier than ever! From live bands to Ceilidhs there is plenty for you to experience and dance to! If you’re new to Scotland, we would recommend going to a Ceilidgh. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the Scottish culture and dance along with the locals. Don’t worry if you don’t know the moves, they’ll teach you.
At Drumossie Hotel. One of Scotland’s premier bands brings you a party night like no other.
Enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival followed by a 3-course dinner before the live music gets your feet itching to dance.
Skerryvore – The together again tour – 3rd Dec
Bingo Loco – 4th Dec
Dannsa – 10th Dec
Ho-Ro + Beinn Lee – 11th Dec
Lawrence Chaney Purple Reign show – 15th Dec
Highlands voices: Christmas concert in aid of cash 4 kids – 16th Dec
Trail West – 17th Dec
Elephant Sessions – 18th Dec
Definitely oasis – 27th Dec
Rhythmnreel – Hogmanay bash – 31st Dec
Scottish Traditional Music Session – Dec 1st, 6th -8th, 13th -15th, 20th – 22nd, Join us at Hootananny for a live Scottish traditional music session hosted by top local musicians from the Highlands in a cosy and casual environment, this is a fabulous introduction to the traditional music of Scotland.
Schiehallion- Dec 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
Hailing from Inverness the capital city of the Scottish Highlands Schiehallion are a Scottish Folk/Ceilidh band.
Super Ceilidh with Iain Joseph MacDonald & Erik Spence – Dec 4th, 11th, 18th,
Iain Macdonald and Erik Spence along with a range of guests host the longest-running Ceilidh in Scotland every Saturday from 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm at Hoots!
Craig Robertson – Late Night at Hoots – Dec 19th, A singer-songwriter from the highlands of Scotland. Focusing on his performance over the years he really has a unique and professional performance. Craig has created a set list of well known songs to suit all tastes!
Skye Bridge Sessions: The Retrosettes – Dec 21st, A festive singalong version of our Skye Bridge Sessions with the Retrosettes.
Mànran & Blazin’ Fiddles live at Strathpeffer Pavilion – Dec 28th, Join two of Scotland’s most celebrated folks bands with Mànran & Blazin’ Fiddles in concert at the Strathpeffer Pavilion.
RythmnReel Christmas Party Bash – Dec 17st, Christmas Party Time with RythmnReel at the Duthac Centre Friday 17th December 8.00 pm to midnight.
Maybe you’ve stumbled upon the Highlands and have been before but would still love to experience something new. We’ve got experiences from cold-water immersion to a live boxing max.
INTO THE DEEPEST MINDSET & COLD EXPOSURE RETREAT Dec 10th, Immerse yourself into nature, learn and practice processes that can improve and enhance your overall sense of health and well-being.
The F Factor – Nail Your Story 07th Dec , Stacey’s mini workshop will show you how to find the real stories about you, and turn them into social media/web page gold dust!
HomeComing 4th Dec, An explosive evening of Professional Boxing!! Headlined by Inverness’ own Bad Boy Ben Bartlett
Woodland Fitness Session Dec 2nd, 9th, 16th , Small group Outdoor fitness session lead by Laura McAuley, Personal Trainer “100% chance of challenge & fun!”
Make Your Own Christmas Crackers 4th Dec, A fun workshop led by our tutor Jo where you will learn to sew your own reusable Christmas crackers!
Climb up Glenfinnan Monument Dec 1st -23rd Step back in time in memory of the Jacobite rising of 1745. Climb to the top for an amazing view of mountains, Loch Shiel and the Viaduct.
For Family fun:
If you’ve decided to embark on a winter adventure as a family, there is plenty for you and your little ones to see and experience. Whether you’d like a relaxing evening at the theatre or a fun trip to see Reindeer, we’ve got it covered.
Blast off! 22nd – 24th Dec, This one is a little further away, but if you wanted to go to Aviemore for the day and see the mountains this could be a nice addition to the day as a little entertainer for your little ones “This show is interactive, visual theatre filled with songs, sounds and tastes. A chance to experience a touch of Christmas magic with your little ones.”
Santa’s Highland Storytime 11th– 12th, 18th – 19th Dec, Add a festive touch to your Highland Wildlife Park visit this winter by meeting Santa and our herd of forest reindeer!
Funbox – Santas PJ Party 29th Dec, Full to bursting with singalong favourites like ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and ‘Bedtime Boogie’, classics like ‘Jingle Bells’, as well as brand new songs; SANTA’S PYJAMA PARTY is the perfect festive family treat all wrapped up with a bow on top.
Most visitors to the Highlands don’t know about the magic it holds over winter time. Come see our beautiful North this winter. If you’re coming from the central part of Scotland, even the drive up to the highlands holds amazing views of the snowy mountains and forests. And after a day full of fun and being out in the cold, you’ll be able to come back to our guest house and sit by the fire with a Christmas film and a hot chocolate.
Surprise a loved one and book now.
We’ll see you soon,
Lots of love
Gunta & Team