Christmas activities to enjoy in Lanarkshire

As Christmas snowballs towards us, tis officially the season to start preparing for a dose of festive fun.   

To help you enjoy the most wonderful time of the year, we’ve created the ultimate festive wish-list guaranteed to melt any Scrooge’s heart.


Christmas at the Mills

Enjoy a festive family day out at one of Lanarkshire most magical locations. On various dates throughout December, New Lanark World Heritage Site will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland, with festive rides, Santa’s grotto, papercrafts for children and the ‘Magic Shoes’ pantomime.

Entry to Christmas at the Mills starts from £10.50 with additional tickets required for the pantomime.



Breakfast with Santa

It’s official - Santa Clause is comin’ to town and he wants to have breakfast with you!

Head to Low Park’s Museum to tell Father Christmas your Christmas wishes over a delicious breakfast. There are only two rules: you better not cry and you better not pout.

Booking must be made in advance.


Cinematic Classics at Lanark Memorial Hall

Prepare to let go as you sing-along to one of Disney’s biggest ever hits - Frozen. Help Elsa and Anna defeat the Snow Monster during an interactive show, taking place on Saturday 16 December. Make sure to wrap up warm as its been known to snow inside the Hall. 

The screens will switch to small-town America with seasonal favourite It’s A Wonderful Life on Monday 18 December. Tickets to this feel-good-classic starts from £5.



Meet Rudolf and friends

The elves will be arriving by the sleigh-full and they will be bringing some very special furry friends with them. Meet some of Santa’s reindeer at M&D's Magical Wonderland before swishing around on ice-skates on the attraction’s open-air rink, or check out a live animal nativity scene at Palacerigg County Park’s Winterfest Fayre on 9 December. 

At the The National Museum of Rural Life you can experience festive fun on the farm, at the annual Christmas Fayre and Foal Show on Saturday 3 December. Visit Shetland ponies and donkeys, or take an elf-driven tractor-drive around the farm. Tickets start from £5.50.

In other parts of Lanarkshire, Lanark will be staging its Christmas Horse Parade on Saturday 3 December and on Saturday 9 December RSPB Baron’s Haugh will be hosting a festive-craft making session created using all natural woodland materials.  

Pantomime experiences  

He’s behind you… Oh no he’s not, because he’s heading to Lanarkshire!  

There will be lots of fun, frolics and goodwill on offer at panto stages across the area this Christmas. From Beauty and the Beast in East Kilbride,  to A Christmas Carol at Cumbernauld Theatre and A Belter of a Cinderella Story in Lanark, Lanarkshire will be welcoming a whole host of famous characters.


If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the festive season, why not discover Lanarkshire's magnificent countryside with a gentle stroll along one of our handpicked winter walking routes. 

There will be lots of festive fun to be had in Lanarkshire this Christmas. For more information on other events happening in the area, check out or dedicated what’s on page.