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 a fantastic selection of unique gift ideas. Escape the winter chill and eat in the Glamis Castle restaurant, where they will be serving meals all day, and why not take a guided tour of the stunning castle while you’re there too. The market will run from 13 to 15 December.

Forbes of Kingennie will also be hosting a fabulous Christmas Market on 23 and 24 November. Stroll through stalls filled with wonderful handpicked food and crafts, and enjoy a cup of warming mulled cider in the Cairn O’ Mount. It will be hard to leave empty handed when you see the fantastic choice of unique gifts on offer.

Glamis Castle

Taking advantage of the outdoors

Enjoy the crisp winter weather and take advantage of some outdoor events. Monikie Country Park will host their Festive Fun Weekends throughout December – a great way to get everyone in the Christmas mood. Visit Santa or the Grinch in their grotto, make some Christmas decorations and enjoy a family walk along the Christmas woodland trail.

For something a bit different, join BeSpooked in the dark woods at Monikie Country Park, as they present their presentation of Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’. Meet Marley’s Ghost, the Spirit of Christmas Past and Bob Crachit along with others.

From 20 December to 13 January, you can follow the Festive Trail at Crombie Country Park on the hunt for Christmas Pudding and Tasty Sprouts. A great way to burn off those Christmas calories and spend quality time with friends and family.

Bespooked A Christmas Carol

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 the stunning Barry Mill Christmas Fair on 23 November where you can visit Santa before exploring the crafts and produce on offer at the fair, all in the magical atmosphere of the mill.

Santa will be paying a visit to Brechin on 30 November, for their Christmas in the City event. See the man himself, and enjoy a great day out with face painting, craft stalls and a funfair too.

Pay a visit to Murton Farm on 14, 15, 21 or 22 December to say hello to Santa and tell him your Christmas wishes. Santa’s little visitors can also enjoy free entry to the farm to meet the animals and explore the playpark with adventure trail, trampolines and sand pits.

Murton Nature Reserve

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 festive lunch and dinner menus at Glenesk Hotel in Edzell, which include mouth-watering choices such as Traditional Roast Turkey or Loin of Venison. Less traditional options can be found in Angus too, at El Tajin in Montrose, where the festive lunch menu features dishes such as Pheasant on a White Christmas and Christmas on a Plate.

Glenesk Hotel

Christmas pantos

Everyone loves a panto at Christmas – oh yes they do! Angus has a great selection this year, from Snow White at the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath from 6 to 24 December, to Mother Goose in Kirriemuir from 3 to 7 December and The Grinch The Panto in Forfar from 11 to 14 December.

Celebrating the New Year

Why not end the year surrounded by the best food, live music and good company at Piperdam?  Sing out the old and bring in the new at The Riga Hogmanay Gala Dinner which includes a three course meal and entertainment with Wizard band Heart & Soul. For younger ones, families can head along to Party in the Barn, where you can enjoy a disco, a host of exciting activities with the Go Active team, a delicious buffet and much more.

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