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Things to Do in the run up to Christmas 

Great ideas for magical experiences this November to December.

Highland Wildlife Park

Visit one of Aviemore's top local attractions, and feel all festive with a visit to the polar bears. You'll also find snow leopards and amur tigers together with their little cubs. Open year round except Christmas Day. Pre-booking recommended.

Polar Bears at Wildlife Park

Aviemore Ice Rink

Visit Aviemore's brand new ice rink located in the grounds of Macdonald Aviemore Resort. Have a go or take a lesson. You're under cover so it's a great activity no matter what the weather. Pre-booking advised.

Toddler Ice Skating

Strathspey Steam Railway

Take a trip on this heritage steam train from Aviemore train station passing through stunning winter landscapes in the Cairngorms. Book one of their special festive trips before Christmas.

Aviemore Steam Train in Snow

Landmark Forest Adventure Park

Walk through a tropical butterfly house, meet lifesize dinosaurs and visit the indoor bamzoozeleum. There's lots more together with an indoor restaurant and gift shop.

Landmark Butterfly

Visit Loch Morlich

Visit nearby Loch Morlich for a stunning winter photo where snowcapped mountains reflect in the calming, still waters of the loch. Take a beautiful walk around the loch side.

Loch Morlich Snowy Landscape

The Christmas Panto

Laugh out loud with the family at our live performance of cinderella available to watch on dates in November and December. 

Christmas Panto Team

Santa Run in Aviemore

The popular Santa Run is making a return to Aviemore on Saturday 11th December. It's open to everyone and anyone willing to have some fun outside whilst supporting a good cause (Disability Snowsports UK). Perfect for all abilities with a choice of a 1 mile or 5 mile route starting from the grounds of the resort. It's a great family friendly event to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season.

Santa Run Event in Aviemore

Aviemore Zip Park

Fly through winter forests on a zip line capturing a bird's eye view below you. It's a great activity for children and adults. In November and December you can also book a special nighttime zip experience with a fully floodlit forest of lights.

Zip Park Aviemore in Winter

Aviemore Escape Rooms

One of Aviemore's newest attractions is worth visiting and perfect for a rainy day. You'll have 60 minutes to puzzle yourselves to the hidden treasure in the mountain bothy. Or challenge another team to be the first team to enter space in a Scottish spacecraft.

Escape Rooms

Christmas Shopping

Visit our two-storey department store in the resort for some Christmas shopping. We've got lots of big brands for all the family and home and lots of great Christmas gifts. You'll also find a great selection of winter sports clothing shops and unique independent shops in the high street too. As a resort guest you'll also receive a discount in our department store.

Christmas at Spey Valley Shopping

Santa Breaks

Join us for one of our Santa Breaks in November or December designed for families. Visit Santa in his grotto, get crafty with our Elves, watch the Christmas panto, touch a real reindeer herd and so much more. 

Santa Midweek Breaks

Save 20% only when you book direct

Flexible booking and 20% off. Now's the time to book your Pre-Christmas Break.