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What's On Loch Lomond December

What's on in and around Loch Lomond, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh in the heart of Scotland

December 2019

Friday 1 November to Sunday 29 March 2020
RSPB Loch Lomond Nature Reserve
High Wards Farm, Gartocharn, West Dunbartonshire, G83 8SB
Hire-a-guide - Goose watch
Dawn or dusk
Hire-a-guide at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond for an exclusive dawn or dusk goose watching experience. Thousands of geese spend the winter feeding and roosting around the Loch Lomond area. Your personal guides will walk you to one of their favourite spots, where you will watch as the geese fly overhead, with stunning views of the loch as the backdrop. These walks are best at dawn or dusk and pre-booking is essential. Available November 2019 – March 2020. Please try to give us as much notice as possible to avoid disappointment. Telephone: 01389 830670
Price: £50 for 2 people plus £10 per extra person (5 max). (For RSPB members £42 for 2, then £8 per extra person, up to 5 people)

Saturday 23 November to Sunday 2 February
RSPB Loch Lomond Nature Reserve,

High Wards Farm, Gartocharn, West Dunbartonshire, G83 8SB
Sunrise Goose Walk
Thousands of geese spend the winter months feeding and roosting around the Loch Lomond area. Join the team for an early morning woodland walk along to one of their favourite roosting spots. As the sun comes up, watch as the geese move on to their daytime feeding areas. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear and bring torches and binoculars if you have them. Some of this event will involve standing for periods of time so remember to wrap up well.
7:00 - approximately 9.30  Price: £8.50, £7 for members  Telephone: 01389 830670

Santa at Loch Katrine
Steamship Cafe : Trossachs, FK17 8HZ
December weekends : 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, (10.30am - 4.00pm)
Enjoy a festive fare with Santa in the cosy cafe where every child will have a chance to meet Santa and receive a small gift.
After a breakfast or lunch in the cafe, set sail with Santa’s elves with an hour long steamship cruise full of festive antics around the scenic Loch Katrine.
Tickets:Child under2 Free, Children under 12 - £19.50 Adults -£26.00
Tel: 01877 376315

Christmas Markets, Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch
Our Christmas market will be back every weekend throughout the Christmas season. From 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Sunday 17th November to Monday 23rd December (selected dates)
SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Christmas Spectacular

Meet Santa at SEA LIFE Loch Lomond, our first Christmas event! Tickets must be pre-booked online. For more info, visit the SEA LIFE website.

Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December
Helensburgh Winter Festival

This year, the festival will be another two days of family fun and festivities with something for all ages and purses.

Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December  
St Andrew’s Weekend, Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch

Come and celebrate St. Andrew's Weekend at Loch Lomond Shores with pipers, Highland dancers, a ceilidh band, children’s rides, Santa’s Grotto in SEA LIFE, Christmas market and much, much more.

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December
Jingle Bell Rock Weekend, Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch

As well as our Christmas market & Santa’s grotto in SEA LIFE, we will have Christmas trees on sale, Dancers, DJs, Christmas decor making, children’s Christmas party at Georgio’s Pizza Pizza, Loch Lomond Shores Festive Train, Children’s rides - shop 'til you drop, then plenty of places to relax and enjoy a bite to eat, drink with friends or just grab a coffee & a cake on the go!

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December
Festive Family Fun Weekend, Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch

Join us for a full weekend of family fun and entertainment! As well as Santa’s grotto in SEA LIFE, and our Christmas market all weekend, we will have real Christmas trees for sale, cupcake decorating and treasure hunt, the Loch Lomond Shores Festive Train, and children’s rides, not to mention carol singers and even dancing elves!

Thursday 28th November to Sunday 12th January
Cinderella, Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Following the overwhelming success of last year’s production, Cinderella, we have decided to take the team on another panto adventure and hope that you will join us!

It has been one of our favourites over the years and we think that we are the only theatre in the country to produce The Magical Adventures of Pinocchio.

As always, we base our pantomime on the original story but have that Glasgow twist in true hilarious Pavilion style and you can be confident that it is good clean family entertainment. It is sure to be a sing-along, join-in adventure and an all-star cast including Liam Dolan as the hilarious Jiminy Cricket, River City’s Stephen Purdon as Pinocchio, Grado as Geppetto and more.

Book now to get the best seats for your family - it is the fun-filled panto for all ages!

Saturday 30th November to Sunday 5th January
Jack and the Beanstalk, King's Theatre, Glasgow

For the first time in over 30 years, a mighty beanstalk will burst out of Bath Street as Jack and the Beanstalk returns to the King’s.

Fresh from their trip to Old Peking, Elaine C Smith and Johnny Mac will be back, swapping their magic carpet for Dame Trot’s farm to follow Jack and his family and climb a beanstalk of gigantic proportions to Cloudland in another unmissable family show.

Doomed to sell his trusty coo, join Jack as he fights to save the beautiful Princess, outwit the evil giant and win riches beyond his wildest dreams along with the hand of the girl he loves. Expect laughs, music, special effects, magic beans and bundles of audience participation in this GIANT of a pantomime! Book now to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 30th November - Tuesday 24th December
Santa's Woodland Experience
Woodland Experience, North Ballochruin Farm, Balfron Station

Scotland’s Number 1 outdoor woodland venue! Our aim is to capture the natural beauty of our woodland and bring it to life in a fun, interactive and memorable way! 40 minutes from Glasgow and 30 minutes from Stirling.

On the way: Once on board you will set off through the woodland in search of Santa’s woodland home. Take in the beautiful views and keep your eyes peeled as you may spot some of Santa’s woodland neighbours!

Greet Santa: When you arrive at the cabin, you will be greeted and invited into the cabin by Santa himself, where he will be waiting to hear all about what you would like for Christmas.

Ride to shed: After the visit with Santa it is a wave goodbye and back to the tractor trailer for a ride to the shed where you can enjoy a tea/coffee or some delicious hot food and take a look at the range of Christmas decorations we have available.

Hot meal: Acclaimed multi award winning local butcher Skinner of Kippen will be serving up some rather delicious hot food in the shed this year.

Saturday 30th November to Monday 30th December
Panto: Fizzgig Theatre present Sleeping Beauty,
Mugdock Country Park
"Crystal ball, crystal ball, let your magic shine on all, bring me news of happy places. I’ll wipe the smiles off all their faces!"

The famous story of a beautiful Princess who falls under the evil Red Fairy’s wicked spell. Poor Princess Rosie will sleep for 100 years, unless she is rescued by a kiss from a handsome Prince. Enter Chester - the Jester! Not a prince, but haud your royal horses! Can Chester, with a little help from the good White Fairy save the day? Find out in Fizzgig’s fabulously festive version of Sleeping Beauty!

Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £11 adults and £7 children. This can also be booked online at

Farmers' Markets in and near Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

Why not look out for local produce from our farmers and artisans at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch and at many other places.

Loch Lomond Car Boot Sales
If you are looking for a bargain and a good day out, why not visit a car boot sale at Loch Lomond and surrounding area. Car boot sales are a popular way of disposing of those unwanted items and a great way of bargain hunting.

Live Music Loch Lomond
Regular live music in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

Scottish Castles : Historic Scotland

There are many famous Scottish Castles in central Scotland. Check out what special events they are hosting this season.

Edinburgh Castle
Stirling Castle
Mugdock Castle and Country Park

Local Tourist Information Centres
Open all year unless stated

Aberfoyle Information Centre, Main Street, Aberfoyle FK8 3UQ  01877 382352
Balloch Information Centre, The Old Station Building, Balloch G83 8LQ  01389 753533
Callander Information Centre, 52-54 Main Street, Callander FK17 8BD  01877 330342
Dunoon Information Centre, 7 Alexandra Parade, Dunoon PA23 8AB  01369 703785
Falkirk Information Centre, The Falkirk Wheel, Lime Road, Tamfourhill, Falkirk FK1 4RS  01324 620244
Glasgow Airport Information Centre, Domestic Arrivals, Glasgow International Airport PA23 2ST  0141 848 4440
Glasgow Information Centre, 220 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2FF  0845 859 1006
Inveraray Information Centre, Front Street, Inveraray PA32 8UY  01499 302063
Stirling Pirnhall Information Centre, M9 Motorway Services Area, Pirnhall Roundabout, Stirling FK7 8ET  01786 814111
Stirling Information Centre, Old Town Jail, St John Street, Stirling FK8 1EA  01786 475019
Tyndrum Information Centre (open Apr-Oct), Main Street, Tyndrum FK20 8RY  01838 400246

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