Christmas is a time of goodwill and Inverness' warm and merry welcome is sure to bring some festive cheer. Whether you're planning to hit the town and experience the city's wonderful shopping options, or you're planning a festive city break, you'll have lots of things to look forward to.

Need some stocking fillers?

Those perfect pressies for your loved ones aren't going to buy themselves! Inverness' city centre is ideal for stocking up for Christmas, and you'll also find some incredible seasonal craft goodies on offer.

  • From top fashions to state-of-the-art electronics, enjoy browsing for the perfect gift at the Eastgate Shopping Centre.
  • Explore the charms of the Victorian Market to find some unique present options.
  • Looking for that hardback first edition? Pop into Leakey's second-hand bookshop. The shop, in a converted church, is believed to be one of the largest of its kind in Scotland, making it the ideal place to pick up a few treasures for your favourite bookworms.

What to look forward to in 2021

Christmas

  • Inverness’ winter festivities begin with the Christmas Lights Switch On, usually held late November. Watch the city light up.
  • Take the family to Whin Park for some festive frolics at the Winter Wonderland in December. Meet Santa and his reindeers, walk amongst the beautifully lit trees and enjoy the thrills of the fairground rides.
  • Panto? Oh yes you can! Catch a traditional performance of rib-tickling family entertainment or Christmas show at Eden Court Theatre, or attend one of the carol singing services held at various venues across Inverness – there might just be mulled wine and mince pies on the go, too!
  • Elf Academy - 11-19 December 2021 at Brodie Castle - Santa's elves are back at Brodie Castle and they need your help! The question is, do you have what it takes to be an elf? The elves will no doubt keep you busy with lots of tasks for you to complete from taking you through the elf and safety rules, creating your own elf name and badge, singing Christmas carols and getting stuck into a range of arts & crafts. If you've been a good elf and completed all your tasks, you'll be rewarded with a special treat to meet Santa himself. Book your place today to become Santa's little helper!

Hogmanay

  • A Red Hot Night to Remember - Inverness knows how to see in the New Year. At Hogmanay, the city hosts the popular, family-friendly Red Hot Highland Fling celebration in the Northern Meeting Park – Scotland’s biggest free Hogmanay party! Dance your way to ‘the bells’ with lively Scottish music from brilliant performers.