From fun-filled Festive Weekends to a magical riverside light show, and quality markets full of Christmas treats and gift ideas, there’s plenty to do and see around Perth city and towns this festive season.
Festive Fun Weekends will run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from Friday 19th November to Saturday 18th December. Santa will be stopping by with gifts and his reindeer, and with live music, workshops, markets and a Riverside Christmas Wonderland you’ll find that Christmas is made right here in Perth!
We've given links where booking is essential and will keep you up to date on location, times and updates right here - so make sure to bookmark this page!
If you plan to make a trip to visit us why not book in and make it a festive break away?
Fri 10th to Sun 23rd December
Booking is essential:
The Christmas Wonderland at Perth Riverside is a brand-new Christmas-themed lighting trail set across the Norie Miller Walk and Rodney Gardens. Running throughout December, this magical, glittering event will provide festive fun for all the family.
Note: This event is owned and run by 21CC Group Ltd.
Fri 19th to Sun 21st and Fri 26th to Sun 28th
Free of Charge
Times listed below
Santa is bringing his grotto to Horsecross Plaza this November where he will welcome in all of the good girls and boys with a warm smile and a free gift.
Visit on Saturdays and Sundays and you can also meet his reindeer who’ll be flying in to say hello and keep him company. Ho Ho Ho!
Friday 19th and 26th: 2pm to 7pm
Saturday 20th and 27th: 12pm to 8pm
Sunday 21st and 28th: 12pm to 6pm
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.
Saturday 27th November
Start at St Ninian's Cathedral
North Methven Street
Free of Charge
Wrap up warm and join us for this wonderful, annual parade from St Ninian's Cathedral to St John's Church where carol singing will take place.
Please do bring your torch, lantern or festive light to add to the atmosphere of this beautiful parade.
Activities will take place throughout the city with the fantastic new event space at St Paul's Church as well as Horsecross Plaza, the hub for our festive fun.
Saturday 20 Nov
Sunday 21 Nov
Saturday 27 Nov
Sunday 28 Nov
Saturday 4 Dec
Sunday 5 Dec
Saturday 11 Dec
Sunday 12 Dec
Saturday 18 Dec
Tuesday 30th November
Community event on St Andrew's Day. Different communities of ‘New Scots’ come together for a cultural offering. This is a free of charge event.
Featuring local artisan producers and quality crafts and gifts, Perthshire is brimming with a fabulous selection of Christmas Markets throughout the festive season.
We are spoiled with our amazing choice in arts venues here in Perthshire and we're delighted to be bringing you news on this year's magical theatre events.
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus event is suitable for everyone: from babes in arms to the forever young-at-heart. And, importantly, it has been carefully designed to be a safe, socially-distanced, relaxed experience, truly accessible for all.
Saturday 4th December
This fun–filled 5km Santa Run starts at Horsecross Plaza with a warm up and takes to the streets of Perth before finishing up on the North Inch.
Book your place now and start December with a smile!
Christmas crafters – do we have a choice of fun events for you! Whether you like to get comfy on your own sofa or prefer to go hands-on with the masses, this year you can channel your best Kirsty Allsop and have your home looking Santa ready.
Free Family Christmas Craft Workshops
St Matthew's Church Hall, Tay Street
Booking is essential. Please check our Event Brite page for the link >
Sat 4th and 11th Dec
Christmas Crafting for all the family
The Black Watch Castle and Museum
Adults free, Children £3
Call 01738 638152 to book
1st Dec to 23rd Dec
Virtual Wreath Workshop from Scottish Cut Flowers
Kit with materials and link £55
Booking open now. Kits and tutorial link will be delivered 1st week of Dec
Enjoy a festive wreath workshop from the comfort of your own home. Rosie from Scottish Cut Flowers will send a supplies goodie box to your doorstep containing everything you'll need plus access to their 45-minute online tutorial. Learn all the tips and tricks with expert advice from Scottish Cut Flowers to create your own festive masterpiece.
Saturday 27th November and Saturday 11th December
St Paul's Church Performance Space
THIS EVENT IS NOW BOOKED OUT
Dust off your dancing shoes and party pants, St Paul's is set to rock with the silent sway of happy dancers at these city centre Silent Discos.
A silent disco is an event where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones. Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via a radio transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing.