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  • Looking up to a dark stage of performers who are back lit by sport lights. Above the stage there are bright orange fireworks.
    Christmas Lights switch-on event, Perth
  • Looking across the Tay to the 'Fair City' of Perth at night
    The 'Fair City' of Perth at night

It is Scotland’s newest city with a vibrant cultural scene and great bars and restaurants bursting with local flavours. And now a three-month packed programme of events promises to make this year’s Perth Winter Festival the biggest and best yet.

If you are looking for Christmas gift inspiration, Perth’s excellent selection of independent shops and markets offers a fabulous shopping experience. To make it even easier, there is late night shopping every Friday and free city centre parking after 2pm between 28 November and 31 January 2014. 

Why not head to the Traditional Christmas Market at Horsecross Plaza from 4 - 15 December to pick up some unique presents? If you're looking for top ingredients and tasty treats, then Perth Farmers' Market on the 7, 21 and 22 December is an ideal place to shop. From 1 December until 24 December city shoppers should keep an eye out for the giant advent calendar which will reveal a new piece of local art work each day.

And it doesn't stop with Christmas - come to Perth in 2014 to browse the special Scottish Brands Festival, a market place in the city centre which will include a great range of Scottish food and drink including venison, salmon, berries and more.

Find out more about what's on in Perth this winter below:

Chocolate festival

In a first for Scotland, the mighty cocoa bean takes centre stage at the outdoor Chocolate Festival between 22 – 24 November. Enjoy market stalls selling everything from mouth-watering confectionary and chocolate-scented candles to soaps and more.

Christmas Light Switch On

On 23 November the magic of Christmas begins with another outdoor event, the lights switch-on festival. Santa will arrive at St John's Shopping Centre to meet and greet children before taking part in the grand Santa parade in the late afternoon. The city centre will be bursting with great things to do, including fun rides, watching street entertainers and listening to the sweet live music of the 'singing' Christmas tree.

The music and entertainment will continue into the evening with courtesy of Britain’s Got Talent finalists The Luminites and Eric Faulkners’s Bay City Rollers, and of course, the big switch on by the Provost and the Only Way is Essex TV pin-up Mark Wright.

Scotland Sings

Follow a city trail with a difference on 30 November to hear Perth come alive with music as part of the Scotland Sings St Andrew's weekend. The Singing Trail will involve multiple Scots, English and Gaelic choirs performing rock, pop, classical and traditional music at venues across the city with a closing sing-a-long at Perth Concert Hall.

Further events to keep an eye out for include a free open air theatre production of The Snow Queen 7- 8 December, an outdoor festive cinema presented by Perth Playhouse on 20-24 December, and exciting Chinese New Year celebrations on 31 January.