Santa set to stop over at Crathes Castle Christmas spectacular

National Trust for Scotland
National Trust for Scotland

This December, Santa and his reindeer will be making a special stop at the National Trust for Scotland’s Crathes Castle near Banchory, on December 6 and 7.

Head along to see Santa and his reindeer in a magical parade around the castle, accompanied by the festive sounds of a brass quartet.

Step inside to view the High Hall well and truly decked in traditional Christmas fashion and enjoy the sights and sounds of Banchory Academy’s art and music department.

For those looking forward to a ‘humbug’ of a Christmas, come watch the mini-costumed performance of a Christmas Carrol, before returning outside to experience more music, more reindeer and more Christmas cheer in the castle grounds.

Santa will also be popping by his grotto to meet all the boys and girls who have been good this year.

He’s keen to hear Christmas wishes and to give presents to those lucky children who’ve made it on to the ‘nice’ list. It’s not long before Santa and his reindeer begin the important task of delivering presents to children all around the world, so now is the chance to see them up close.

Property manager Gareth Clingan said: “We are so pleased that Santa is finding time to come to visit us as Christmas approaches.

“Families from all over Aberdeenshire can kick-start their festive celebrations with a visit to Crathes - we look forward to welcoming you all.”

The event runs on both days from 10.30am and 4pm. Reindeer parades take place at 12.30pm and 2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Entry costs £6 for adults, £4 for children, £18 for a family.

For more information please contact 0844 493 2166.

Turrets and towers, winding staircases, ornate ceilings and ancient sculpted yew trees, combine to make a visit to Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate a great day out for the whole family.

At the property there is a cafe, gift shop, adventure playground for children, the north-east’s only Go Ape tree top adventure, and the Arting Around studio.