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  • The gates to Abbot House with a dusting of fresh snow.
    Abbot House under snowfall
  • A night time view of Dunfermline Abbey lit up during the winter festival
    An illuminated Dunfermline Abbey

Once the ancient capital of Scotland, Dunfermline lies at the heart of Scotland’s story. The ‘auld grey toun’ has a vivid past, and is a fascinating place to embrace Scottish history and explore ancient abbeys. This year, there will be a fantastic array of festive events bringing the proud town to life, bursting with winter celebrations and Christmas cheer.

Get ready for the festive season with a visit to Dunfermline’s Winter Festival, which officially begins when the Christmas lights are switched on in the High Street on 22 November. Throughout the day, the streets will be filled quality live entertainment and exciting, fun- filled family events, including a Christmas parade, live bands, storytelling, arts and crafts and even a spot of magic – don’t miss out!

Find out more about what is going on in Dunfermline this winter below:

Winter illuminations 

When night falls, you’ll be able to witness some of the town’s stunning historical buildings lit up benefitting from magnificent floodlighting, including the beautiful Dunfermline Abbey and Palace and the grand Carnegie Library founded in 1883.

Gift inspiration

Why not get a little creative with your Christmas shopping this year? Up and coming local businesses will be selling their wares at the Venture Street Shops on Bruce Street from 14 November to 24 December, while St Catherine’s Wynd will host a festive Christmas market from 22 – 23 November.

The Dunfermline Farmers' Market returns to Glen Gates on 13 December and is the ideal place to pick up a few tasty bits and pieces to complete your Christmas meal. Just a short drive outside the town, Blairadam Forest will be lit up by its very own Christmas Fair on 6 December. Come along to browse crafts and gifts, try local venison, choose a Christmas tree to take home and more.

Magical winter walks

Enjoy a refreshing walk in Pittencrieff Park, which was gifted by Andrew Carnegie and becomes the perfect winter wonderland over the festive season. Meet the park’s friendly and magnificent resident peacocks and stop off for a warming and comforting bite to eat in the charming Peacock Room café. While you’re there, why not visit Pittencrieff House Museum, and enjoy its formal gardens and lush adjoining woodland?

Electric entertainment

Get into the festive spirit with lively entertainment at the Alhambra Theatre this winter. Delve into the magical world of the Nutcracker by the spectacular Moscow Ballet on 22 November, or relive moments from a Christmas movie classic at the theatrical production of Miracle On 34th Street from 4 – 6 December.

Kids will singing along to their favourite songs from Disney's Frozen at Sing-a-Long-a-Frozen on 13 November, not to mention the festive fun of pantomime Sleeping Beauty from 10 – 27 December. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will also make an energetic appearance on 30 December, while The Singing Kettle Big Christmas Party will get the New Year off to a cheery start on 3 January.

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