Festive Weekends in Perth

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?


Christmas Wonderland at Perth Riverside

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.

Ticket Prices

  • Opening night Fri 10th Dec: £10 Adults  / £7 for child 4-15, £30 family
  • Wed 15th Dec £11 Adults  / £7.50 Child 4-15 and £33 family 
  • All others days. £12 Adults / £8 Child 4 – 15 and £36 family

Note: This event is owned and run by 21CC Group Ltd.


Santa’s November Grotto

Fri 19th to Sun 21st and Fri 26th to Sun 28th
Horsecross Plaza
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.


Perth Lantern & Nativity Parade

Saturday 27th November
Start at St Ninian's Cathedral
North Methven Street
Perth
PH1 5PP

Free of Charge
No booking
5pm start

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.  


City Centre Mix and Mingle Fun 

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

  • Christmas Ghost Tours - SOLD OUT
  • Perth Pipe Band, various locations and times throughout the city centre
  • Walkabout Characters, various locations and times throughout the city centre 
  • Fairground Organ Performance, 12pm to 5pm, King Edward Street
  • Ice Magic Sculptures, 12pm to 5pm, St Pauls, Perth

Sunday 21 Nov

  • Fairground Organ Performance,12pm to 5pm, King Edward Street
  • Ice Magic Sculptures, 12pm to 5pm, St Pauls, Perth

Saturday 27 Nov

  • Christmas Ghost Tours - SOLD OUT
  • Silent Disco - SOLD OUT
  • Alba Falconry, 11pm to 2:30pm, St Paul's Perth
  • Perth Pipe Band, various locations and times throughout the city centre
  • Walkabout Characters, various locations and times throughout the city centre
  • Fairground Organ Performance, 12pm to 5pm, King Edward Street

Sunday 28 Nov

  • Adventure Circus Display, 11am to 2pm, St Paul's Perth
  • Julie Young Dancers Display, 2:30pm to 4pm, St Paul's Church
  • Fairground Organ Performance, 12pm to 5pm, King Edward Street

Saturday 4 Dec

  • Alba Falconry, 11am to 1:30pm, St Paul's Perth
  • Perth Pipe Band, various locations and times throughout the city centre
  • Walkabout Characters, various locations and times throughout the city centre
  • Julie Young Dancers Display, 2pm to 3:30pm, 4:15pm to 5:15pm, St Paul's Perth
  • Perth Farmers Market, 9am to 2pm, South Inch car park

Sunday 5 Dec

  • Circus Skills Workshop, 11am to 2pm, St Paul's
  • Kolonel Schnapps Oompah Band, 3pm to 5pm, St Paul's Perth

Saturday 11 Dec

  • Silent Disco - SOLD OUT
  • Alba Falconry, 11am to 2:30pm, St Paul's Perth
  • Perth Pipe Band, various locations and times throughout the city centre

Sunday 12 Dec

  • Perthshire Brass Band, 1pm to 3pm, St Paul's Perth

Saturday 18 Dec

  • Circus Skills, 11am to 2pm, St Paul's Perth
  • Kolonel Schnapps Oompah Band, 3pm to 5pm, St Paul's Perth
  • Perth Farmers' Market, 9am to 2pm, South Inch car park
 

 


 

 

 

 


 

St Andrew’s Day, New Scots Day

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.


Perthshire Artisan Markets

Featuring local artisan producers and quality crafts and gifts, Perthshire is brimming with a fabulous selection of Christmas Markets throughout the festive season.


See a Show in Perthshire

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. 

  • Wed 22nd Dec - The Muppets Christmas Carol Singalong, Strathearn Arts
    Start your festival celebrations and join Strathearn Arts for a special sing-along to this much-loved Christmas classic. 'Tis the season for love, laughter, and one of the most cherished stories of all time! Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and all the Muppets in this merry, magical version of Dickens' classic tale. 
     
  • Sat 27th Nov to Fri 31st Dec – Cinderella, Perth Theatre
    Perth panto is back, and you’re all invited to the ball!  With more sparkles, singing and shout outs than you can wave a magic wand at; Perth Theatre’s Cinderella is a panto-tastic party for everyone to enjoy!
     
  • Wed 1st to Thurs 23rd - The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus, Pitlochry Festival Theatre
    It is Christmas Eve, and while most children are asleep, Alice has an idea to catch Santa Claus. Instead, she accidentally traps a Fairy in her bedroom who proceeds to tell Alice how Santa Claus came to be. An incredible journey that takes us into the magical world of Wood Nymphs, Knooks, and Ryls. From the Forest of Burzee to the Laughing Valley and beyond. This is a Christmas story for the ages, for all ages.

    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.


Perth Santa Run 

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 Craft Workshops

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

  • Sat 4th
  • Sat 11th 
  • Sun 12th (NOW FULLY BOOKED)
  • Sat 18th Dec

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.


Silent Disco - NOW SOLD OUT

Saturday 27th November and Saturday 11th December
St Paul's Church Performance Space
Free Event

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.

What is a Silent Disco?

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.