Christmas 2021 FAQs

We've done our best to think of all of the questions surrounding a visit to Perth this Christmas. Should you have any further queries please email [email protected] 

What time do the Christmas weekend events kick off?

You can find dates, times and location for all events on the website here > 

Do I need to pay or book for Santa’s Grotto?

Santa’s Grotto is free.

We have reviewed the operational arrangements for managing the Grotto meaning it is no longer necessary to book in advance. In order to accommodate the expected demand PKC has extended the number of operational hours for this attraction.

A queuing system will be in place, and we would ask that you are respectful of others and mindful of distancing. As per Scottish Government guidelines, adults are requested to wear a mask when in the Grotto. Hand sanitiser will be provided for your use.

Is there an age limit for Santa’s Grotto?

While we’d never want to assume or limit those who believe, we would ask that you are mindful of younger children (under 12) who will be excited to see Santa and receive their gifts. Free gifts will not be used to anyone over the age of 16 unless a special request has been made.  

Do I need to book for the Riverside Light Show?

Yes. For the first year Perth’s Riverside event will be organised and run by a private company which has allowed us to bring a festive offering to the city. The Christmas Wonderland at Perth Riverside is a Christmas-themed lighting trail set across the Norie Miller Walk.  Running throughout December, this magical, glittering event will provide festive fun for all the family. 
Find out more and book and pay for tickets here >

Will you be adding more dates to sold out events such as the Silent Disco, Ghost Tours and Craft Events?

We do not have any plans at the moment to add new dates or times but we suggest you follow our Facebook page for all updates.
There are a number of private operators offering craft events such The Black Watch Castle and Museum and Scottish Cut Flowers.

I’ve been offered the chance to buy tickets for your events – is this credible?

All PKC events are free to attend.  This year we have asked people to book for Craft Workshops, Ghost Tours and Silent Disco in order that we can control numbers and manage expectations. In the case of craft workshops, we also need to ensure the supply of materials.

Please do not pay for any tickets for these events. This is almost certainly a scam.

Christmas Wonderland at Perth Riverside is a private event this year and requires you to book and pay with 21CC, the company behind the magic.

When is the Lights Switch On / when are the lights going on?

The traditional Perth  ‘Lights Festival’ event has been replaced this year with a series of festive fun weekends. These events may be smaller but they are still packed with fun and have been created to ensure you receive a warm festive welcome in a safe environment. 

The city's Christmas lights will have been switched on prior to these starting to bring festive atmosphere to our city centre.

Where can I eat when I come to Perth? 

We’ve collated a great choice of restaurants, cafes and bars here > 

Please note, this is just a small selection of what’s on offer. Perth is renowned for its award-winning eateries and you will find a warm welcome and a fantastic choice awaits you. 

How can I support local businesses in Perth?

Perth is undoubtedly the home of independent shopping in Scotland and we are thrilled to announce that each and every one of the businesses featured in our Christmas 2021 Gift Guide is a family owned independent. Choose from over 120 shops and makers here > 

Where can I park when I come to Perth? 

For a full list of PKC owned car parks across the region, please click onto the PKC website parking section.

Are you offering Free Parking again this year? 

Yes. Free parking will run on weekends throughout December. More info here