Activities in December

Enjoy the wonderful festival atmosphere across Scotland at Christmas time. Markets are becoming an essential part of these celebrations where you can pick up an astonishing range of gifts.

You will be mesmerised by the delicious flavours from the markets stalls which specialise in Scottish produce, as well as European-wide food and drink.

An excellent range of arts and crafts can also be found at Christmas markets. The stalls feature everything from paintings by Scottish artists to vibrant knitted hats, scarves and more, including the distinctive Fair Isle patterns.

If you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift or simply a memento of your time in Scotland, the Christmas market stalls are an ideal place to find something unique.
But if you are looking to get active during your winter break, make sure to take advantage of the country’s five outstanding snowsports centres, each with its own appeal.
CairnGorm Mountain is Scotland’s most popular resort and home to the country’s only funicular railway, while the Nevis Range near Fort William in the Highlands is the only place in the UK where you will find an ascending mountain gondola. And don’t forget all the centres have an excellent range of ski runs to suit all abilities.

Scotland’s stunning landscape can be explored by foot during the winter months too with thousands of miles of paths and trails through woodlands and mountains just waiting to be enjoyed.