Five reasons to be excited for Christmas in Lanarkshire

Santa’s checking his list, the elf is sitting comfortably on the shelf and there’s a distinct smell of roasting chestnuts in the air. It must be nearly Christmas!

There’s a sleigh-full of festive things to do in Lanarkshire to get you into the spirit, as if you weren’t already! Here are some of our favourites:

Christmas Carols

It will be anything but a silent night at Lanarkshire’s carol concerts in December!

Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a three course meal whilst listening to a choir sing all your festive favourites at New Lanark’s Carols by Candlelight. Tickets cost £25 per person with several performances held throughout December.

Meanwhile, South Lanarkshire Choir will serve up music and mine pies at a concert at Low Parks on Thursday 6 December.



Meet Father Christmas

He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be on your best behaviour when Santa comes to Summerlee! Every weekend in December, Santa will be waiting in his grotto to hear all your Christmas wishes.

Tickets cost £6.95 per child. Each child will receive a gift, plus a bag of reindeer dust to sprinkle outside your front door. How else would Rudolph find his way to your house on Christmas Eve?  



New Lanark Christmas Experience

Enjoy a festive day out at one of Lanarkshire’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On various dates in December, New Lanark Mills will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a festive pantomime, “Beauty and the Beastie”.

Take a magical journey on The Spirit of Christmas ride where you’ll learn all about Christmas past and present, visit Santa in his grotto, and post your Christmas letter to the North Pole. Tickets start from £13.95.



Tea and cake with Santa Claus

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but tea and cake with Santa is so delightful! Whether you’re in the mood for candycanes or mince pies, join Father Christmas for a spot of afternoon tea at Low Parks Museum on Saturday 15 December.


Christmas Fair at the Farm

Say “Merry Christmas!” to all the farmyard animals at The National Museum of Rural Life at the annual Christmas Fair on Sunday 9 December.

Get into the festive spirit by joining an elf for a tractor trip and meet the donkeys in a real nativity scene before settling down for a festive story on a hay bale.

Tickets start from £5.50.


For more information on what’s going on in Lanarkshire, check out our what’s on page.