Perth is the place to be over the next two months as it plays host to the biggest and best City of Perth Winter Festival yet - featuring highlights such as a spectacular Christmas Light Switch On, a Chocolate Festival, St. Andrews Day Celebration and a Santa fun run.
The year’s bumper City of Perth Winter Festival programme is expected to attract visitors from all over Scotland and even further afield - as well as once again being a firm favourite with locals from Perth City and the surrounding area.
Christmas Lights Switch-On weekend, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy, whether that’s food and drink enthusiasts, music fans or families looking for a fun weekend of entertainment.
Kicking off the exciting programme is Perthshire’s hugely popular Farmers Market on Saturday 7 Nov. With 40 stalls packed with traditional local produce, it’s the perfect opportunity for people to start stocking their cupboards with Christmas treats.
Following on from the success of last year’s event, Perth Festival of Chocolate returns even bigger and better, on Sat 21 and Sun 22 Nov, offering an exclusive chocolate shopping experience to remember. With a variety of fine chocolatiers scheduled to attend, as well as offering workshops, talks and live demos, the festival is set to make every chocolate lover’s dreams come true.
The festive season is then officially be upon us with the exclusive Christmas Light Switch-On taking place on Tay Street on the 21 Nov. Special guests include Lawson, 80s pop icons Billy Ocean and Showaddywaddy as well as local artists Paradise Found and Sacha Taylor.
A whole range of other activities including street entertainers, a One Direction tribute act, Frozen Tribute Show, Reindeers, Huskies and Santa’s Grotto are also be available to enjoy throughout the course of the day.
The popular Coca-Cola Truck returns to Perth on Sun 22 Nov. A great opportunity to get that must have #holidaysarecoming selfie!
The following weekend, Sat 28 Nov, the Perth Community Christmas and Craft Market gives Christmas shoppers the perfect chance to view and buy unique festive gifts from local craftmakers and artisans.
The St Andrews Day Celebration round off November in a truly patriotic style with a festival taking place on 29 Nov ahead of the official day. The festival includes a Scottish themed market showcasing Perth’s rich food and drink heritage including haggis, venison, oatcakes and whisky as well as lively performances from pipers and highland dancers.
A Santa fun run allows runners to take to the streets sporting traditional Santa suits to complete a 2k route through Perth City on Sat 12 Dec.