Busy, busy, busy! It’s the only way to describe December, with lots to enjoy this month in and around St Andrews in the build up to Christmas. There are markets and festive fayres, pantos and even ice skating to ensure we see out 2018 in style! We also have a range of festive events at our hotel.
29th November – 5th January, 2019. For a fast-paced, highly entertaining pantomime which promises laughter for the whole family (oh yes it does!), the Byre Theatre St Andrews is staging matinee and evening performances of Sleeping Beauty throughout December. For more information and to buy tickets click here.
1st December. St Andrews Day festivities get underway at 10am on South Street with a market, ceilidh, torch parade , live music and fireworks for the whole family to enjoy. Celebrations will continue into the evening with live music at Holy Trinity Church. The St Andrews Sessions is an opportunity to enjoy the talent of the very best Scottish breakthrough music acts. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
1st– 9th December. Christmas Fayre at Hill of Tarvit. Enjoy a look around a great variety of Christmas stalls in the mansion house, featuring wonderfully creative presents from local producers. The fayre is open Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 4pm. On Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December, children can listen to fascinating Christmas stories from all over the world told by Marie Louise Cochrane, an inspired story teller from Edinburgh. Timings: 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30 and 15.30, alternatively on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December, children can enjoy some Christmas baking in the old kitchen while you are shopping. They’ll love making their own biscuits to take home. Timings 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00.
1st December. Every year the University Observatory opens its doors for the traditional Open Night. Visitors to St Andrews are invited to spend an evening with its resident astronomers under the dark night sky at the observatory, near Buchanan Gardens. All of the observatory’s telescopes will be in action, including the magnificent, 56 year old James Gregory Telescope, the largest operational telescope in Scotland. Weather permitting, visitors will be able to observe galaxies, star clusters, and even planet Mars. For more details and a detailed programme, please see the observatory website
8th December. The Christmas for All Market is an event the whole family can enjoy at the Christmas Marquee, Lower College Lawn on North Street between 10am and 4pm. It’s the perfect opportunity to find gifts at over thirty different stalls while enjoying mulled wine and carol singing. The little ones will have an opportunity to visit Santa in his grotto as well as saying hello to his friendly reindeer.
8th & 9th December. Bowhouse Christmas Food Weekend at Balcaskie Estate – St Monans. These popular food weekends are organised regularly during the year but the Christmas events are magical! Held over two days between 10am and 4pm and promising a line-up of stalls from some of Scotland’s very best food and drink producers, visitors get an opportunity to taste and buy local produce, watch cookery demonstrations and enjoy live music. It’s the perfect chance to finish (or start) your festive shopping and find something really unique from over fifty different suppliers at this year’s event. Entrance is free.
11 December. A festive atmosphere is guaranteed at the final Balgove Night Market of 2018 with live carol singing, mulled wine and a visit from Santa. Shoppers will be able to stock up on fresh produce as well as a range of gifts for friends and family. The market is free to attend and open between 5pm and 9pm.