With the festive season fast approaching Angus offers plenty of fantastic events that will get you into the Christmas spirit. Angus caters to everyone’s needs and offers everything from outdoor activities for the whole family, to dinners and night outs, Christmas markets and Hogmanay parties. The last thing you’ll have to worry about this festive season is being bored.

Visit a Christmas market

Angus has some amazing Christmas markets. Where else can you eat your body weight in festive food, drink mulled wine or hot chocolate all day, while doing your Christmas shopping all in one place? Enjoy a magical day browsing the stalls at Glamis Christmas Market filled with the best festive food and a selection of unique gifts. You’ll be spoilt for choice with all the food stalls, or you can escape the cold and eat in the Glamis Castle restaurant where they will be serving meals all day. Why not take the time to visit the beautifully decorated castle while you’re there too. The market will run on the 7th, 8th and 9th of December. Forbes of Kingennie will also be hosting a fabulous Christmas Market on the 1st and 2nd of December. Stroll through stalls filled with wonderful handpicked food and crafts, and enjoy a cup of their own Cairn O` Mount bar mulled cider to keep you warm. It will be hard to leave empty handed when you see the fantastic choice of unique gifts on offer.

Taking advantage of the outdoors

Enjoy the crisp winter weather and take advantage of some outdoor events. Monikie Country Park is hosting a range of Festive Fun Weekends from the 1st of December to the 16th which are great way to get everyone in the Christmas mood. Crombie Country Park Christmas Trail is another opportunity to soak up the beautiful Angus scenery. The whole family can enjoy a winter walk while keeping an eye out to see how many puddings and sprouts they can spot. Take part in the walks from the 15th of December right through to the 31st. On the 16th of December, visit Crombie Country Park and spend an hour making Christmas decorations out of natural resources found local to the park.

Meet Santa and his elves

How else would the kids celebrate Christmas if they didn’t meet Santa and his elves? Wrap them up and head to Murton Farm & Nature Reserve where you can visit Santa before exploring the farm with a variety of animals to meet and a playpark with adventure trail, trampolines and sand pits. You can also meet Santa at Brechin Castle Centre when he will arrive (by unicorn!) on 24th November before spending every weekend until Christmas in his grotto handing out gifts to lucky children. At House of Dun on 1st and 2nd December, get hands on with crafts and join in the reindeer hunt through the grounds before meeting Santa in his festive grotto and browsing the craft fair. For something a bit different, hop on the Santa train at Caledonian Railway from Brechin to Bridge of Dun.

Enjoy some festive food

Everyone knows the best part of the festive season is the food! Whether it’s a works night out or a family meal, there are many places in Angus where you can indulge in some delicious festive fayre. Check out the menu at Glenesk Hotel in Edzell, which includes mouth-watering choices such as Traditional Roast Turkey or Medallions of Venison. Less traditional options can be found in Angus too, at El Tajin in Montrose, where the Christmas menu features dishes such as Christmas Tacos and Mexican Christmas Cod.

Christmas pantos

Everyone loves a panto at Christmas – oh yes they do! Angus has a great selection this year, from Aladdin the Panto at the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath to Robin Hood in Kirriemuir and Little Red Riding Hood in Monifieth.

Celebrating the New Year

Why not end the year surrounded by the best food, live music and good company at Piperdam? They are hosting a variety of events that everyone will love. Perhaps “The Riga Hogmanay Gala Dinner” or the “The Room with a View Hogmanay Dinner”  is where you will be welcoming in the New Year. If you fancy spending Hogmanay with family and friends then it would be a good idea to book tickets to the Kids “Party in the Barn” where children are encouraged to come and enjoy a variety of  activities such as human football, land zorbing, soft play and more! Looking for somewhere else to take the family to celebrate the New Year, why not visit Forbes of Kingennie Hogmanay Hoolie, have a dance and some food to say goodbye to 2018.

View a full list of what’s on in Angus, including markets, pantos and more this festive season.

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