A Christmas market – fact! However 2020 has really tested us on how they'll happen.
As always though, the fabulous makers, creators, business owners and organisers of Perthshire and Kinross have pulled it out of the Santa sack and we are all systems go! Prepare for mulled wine, mince pies and simply gorgeous gift ideas for you and your loved ones.
Read on to learn how you can still have the Christmas Market experience this year, in a safe, welcoming space.
Please Note: With the ever-changing situation on travel and event restrictions we would advise that you check any 'Real Life' events with the organisers closer to the date.
Perth Farmer’s Market is easily the ‘go-to’ place for all things lovely; fine foods, delicious drinks and gifts to make the whole family happy this Christmas. This Festive Period there will be two markets in December, giving everyone the opportunity to stock up on all the best that Perthshire and Kinross-shire has to offer. Chat to the stallholders, sample the food, enjoy the atmosphere and purchase some of the finest produce in Scotland. Go on, spoil yourself – if you can’t do it this year then when can you, and the local producers and makers will be very grateful too.
Date: Saturday 5 and Saturday 19 December
Where: South Inch Car Park, PH2 8AB
Scone Palace will be hosting an outdoor Christmas market with over 50 stalls, selling a variety of food, drinks and crafts all made locally in Scotland. In additions to this Scone Palace will be beautifully decorated with lots of Christmas Trees both inside and outside for the whole of the Christmas and will be running special candlelight tours throughout the weekend, tickets for tours to be booked in advance via website www.scone-palace.co.uk. We are secretly hoping for a flurry of snow on the ground for this one, a palace, mulled wine and rosy cheeks – perfect!
A great opportunity to treat yourself to the outstanding local produce they have to offer, as well as a great time walking around the gardens at Scone Palace after your Christmas shopping
Date: Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 December 2020
Where: Scone Palace, PH2 6BD
Info: Free Entry in to Palace Gardens, Parking will be £5 per car, tour of the Christmas Palace to be booked via www.scone-palace.co.uk
Only a little further afield is the Crieff Hydro Christmas Market. Situated inside the hotel itself, get ready to shop until you drop, dig into some festive food and drinks and meet their very special guest reindeers while you are there. You can join the team while they walk Pixie and Flora around the 900 acre estate and learn more about them too.
With over 40 stalls including 1881 Gin, Harviestoun Beer, Cairney Jewellery and The Crafty Coo; we think there will be a gift just perfect for everyone.
Date: Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December 2020
Where: The Melville, Crieff Hydro, PH7 3LQ
Heading North and we are delighted that Pitlochry Christmas Market is happening this year. Offering the best of what Perthshire has to offer, Pitlochry Outdoor Christmas market is an institution. From art creators, to book sellers, bakers, butchers and booze makers, there is always a fabulous selection of gifts and treats on offer.
Date:Saturday 12 December
Where: Pitlochry Business Centre, PH16 5AP
Joining Pitlochry on the Christmas Market map is the Aberfeldy Winter Weekend with late night shopping on 26th November and Saturday 5th December and the Aberfeldy Christmas Farmer’s Market, with local producers, artists and makers displaying their food and gift ideas.
Date: Saturday 6 December
Where: The Square, Aberfeldy, PH15 2
Whilst there are some full-scale markets out there, we also love the ones run by Parents Associations, Guide groups and charities, where local crafts and baking are on display and they raise money for these fabulous groups. The markets where you say you will pop along for half an hour, meet everyone you haven’t seen in ages and leave two hours later with a full shopping bag!
First of the mark on Saturday 20th November is the Methven Winter Market. Run by the Methven Parks Committee it is at King George V Jubilee Playing Fields from 2pm and will have lots of local stall holders there, as well as refreshments. All stalls are filled so it promises to be a busy, fun-filled afternoon. www.facebook.com/events/5028773703815326
Balbeggie Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 28th November at Gordon’s Garden Centre promises to have crafts and baking to raise funds for the local Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. There will also be a virtual offering and some raffles too.
If you would prefer to stay home, then let the Christmas Markets come to you. Pop on your Christmas jumper; pour yourself a cuppa, cut a slice of stollen and shop to your heart’s content!
Perthshire Creates are excited to be running their Christmas Design Market online this year and going online means that you can still browse and buy your original and handmade Christmas gifts and shop locally.
This online event which runs between 27 – 29 November, features 60+ talented creative makers from across Perth & Kinross and the Tay Cities area who will be showcasing and selling their work, through a video and images, which you’ll see on this page in the run up to the event and on www.perthshirecreates.co.uk for the event itself.
Each maker and artist has prepared an exclusive offer for the Online Christmas Design Market including; discounts, free postage and packaging, free gifts and much more.
Date: 27th – 29th November
The Tea Green Marketplace is also a fabulous place to visit for gift buying. You can discover, celebrate and support an awe inspiring line up of independent creative businesses based in Perthshire & Kinross-shire and it is open on 28th and 29th November. Starting at 10am, it features makers and creators, who offer special deals, discounts and lots of gift buying advice throughout the weekend.
Date: 28th and 29th November
Blackford Cares is a group that has been set up by the residents of Blackford. After what has been a challenging year for all, many crafters and sellers face an uncertain future. The hope is therefore to facilitate online sales for their crafters (e.g. textile workers, jewellery sellers, bakers) and sellers (e.g. Body Shop, Avon, Usborne Books), at a time when face-to-face markets are prohibited or cancelled.
This will take the form on an online Facebook market. Each seller will have their own album within the group. You will have the option to browse the albums of individual sellers, or to scroll through all of the photos in the group, to see if anything takes your fancy. A fantastic way to bring the local community together!
Info: Facebook Event
The Christmas Pop Up Walk Through at Pavilion Café in Crieff’s Macrosty Park is a concept we love. For the next few weekends, local makers in the area will display their work in the Pavilion Café, Tomaknock Kids childrenswear, artist Daughter of the Stag, illustrator The Grey Earl are some examples of the range on offer. Pop in, have a coffee and take in some of the loveliest of local produce and gifts made in Strathearn. And while in Crieff, how about the Strathearn Arts Pop Up Shop? With a range of beautiful handmade delights from over 20 local creators, don’t miss your chance to pick a gift for your loved ones. They are open now, until the 22 December.
Highland Safaris has created a fabulous Christmas experience so you can have fun and make memories this Christmas. With fabulous Christmas shopping, delicious seasonal treats in their café and of course Santa and his reindeer in the Christmas Grotto, this is a magical festive experience for the whole family. Your loved ones will walk through the enchanted tunnel, feed Santa’s reindeer and get a special treat from Santa too. On every Saturday and Sunday until 20 December.