The city of Perth is truly beautiful – yet, it glows even more during the Christmas season as it hosts various winter festivities. Winter festival season kicks off in Perth as early as November with beautiful fireworks and bonfire night. It is also during this time that Christmas markets start setting up.
If you’re planning to celebrate Christmas in Perth, these are the best Christmas markets to visit.
- Spirit of Scotland Market
The Spirit of Scotland Market is a two-day event held every December and celebrated with live music. There will be a little extra music on the second day to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day. This festive event aims to bring together Scotland’s very best, including its local people and those who have settled there. They will come together in this two-day event of entertainment, music, and shopping.
Prepare your dancing shoes and be ready to get into the groove of live music at the Horizon Car Park’s Main Stage. Between dancing, take the time to browse through the stalls that line the Spirit of Scotland Market. The market sells everything you can think of, from local handicrafts and jewellery made by Scotland’s best artisan craftspeople to food items and more!
- Perth’s Winter Festival Market
The Winter Festival Market is one of Perth’s most anticipated Christmas events. It takes place for ten weeks in the winter season and kicks off in November with the Christmas Light Switch On and runs until the Chinese New Year finale around the first week of February. But the highlight of the event is the star-studded Christmas Light Switch on Party, which takes place in the middle of November. It will have three live music stages, a festival market, fair rides, a chocolate and gin market, ice caves, Santa’s grotto, and more!
The event will coincide with the St Andrews Day Weekend, another fantastic celebration of music, food, markets, and entertainment, including the beautiful lantern parade. Consider staying in Perth for several days to witness all these fun events. When it comes to the accommodation, you will have lots of options, including the lavish and luxury group accommodation, Auchterarder House, perfect for families and those travelling in groups.
Set on a 20-acre land, the Auchterarder House is located one mile from the village of Auchterarder in the rural area of Perthshire, allowing you to enjoy peace and tranquillity while having easy access to the Winter Festival Market in Perth.
- Christmas Tree Festival
When celebrating Christmas in Perth, one of the events you should not miss is the Christmas Tree Festival. Happening in the North Church of Perth, the Christmas Tree Festival is a wonderful event to help reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
During the event, the church will be converted into an enchanted land of colourful Christmas trees, banners, and wreaths crafted by members of the local community groups, churches, and schools. Spectators will also be treated to live musical performances. There is also a Festival Cafe that will be serving Christmas treats. Everyone is welcome to witness this fun event, and admission is free, although donations will be greatly appreciated.