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Christmas 2018 at Macdonald Aviemore Resort

Thank you for booking your festive break at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, I love my highland home here in Aviemore and I can't wait to welcome you and your family for a magical Christmas Break.

We have detailed some useful information for you below and if you have any further questions you can call the Elf Hotline on 01479 815 120. As we approach the festive season the elves are sometimes busy in the workshop, so if you don't get through, please leave a message and they will call you back. You can also email me direct at but please note I am not able to take any bookings.

Love Santa 


Upon arrival keep your eye out for cheeky elves, they will be all around the resort and they are so excited to meet all the boys and girls and show them the resort!

The check-in process will take place in Macdonald Morlich Hotel. On arrival help yourself to a cup of hot chocolate and a mince pie, whilst the elves check that the boys and girls are on the nice list! After this very important task we will issue your welcome pack, this will contain confirmation of the bookings you have made along with all the relevant information for your stay. Don’t forget to check out the Elf Post Office whilst you are in Macdonald Morlich Hotel and if you haven’t already done your letters to Santa, this is the perfect time.


Enjoy a magical walk to visit Santa in his very own Highland Home, located near our woodland lodges.

You will need to pre-book your visit before to arrive to avoid disappointment. You can do this by calling our Elf Hotline on 01479 815 114.
Please note that the walk to the grotto is outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather and please arrive at your booked time.
We will be sending out letters for your child/ren to fill in but if you need another copy you can download it here.

You can send your letters to Santa back in the following ways:

  • Email them to Santa at
  • Post them to Santa Claus, Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore, PH22 1PN
  • Bring them with you when you arrive and post them in the Elf Post Office


Santa’s reindeer will be visiting us as they fly Santa back to the North Pole. Don’t miss this amazing chance to see Santa arrive on his sleigh with his reindeer and have a picture to record this precious memory for years to come. He will arrive at 12noon at the front of the Conference Centre and stay for around 30 minutes before he heads home for another year.


This year’s Pantomime is Aladdin – We promise an action-packed pantomime where only one man can free the genie from the lamp. Join Giggles the Jester and his friends on this truly magical and re-imagined tale.

Showing on the 24th and 26th at 2pm in the Auditorium (Cinema) located in the Conference Centre. You do not need to pre-book.


This year we have a jammed packed Elf Village for you to visit throughout your stay, this is located in the Aviemore Activity Centre and will include free flow activities for the children to enjoy, such as an elf workshop, elf uniform design, festive art and crafts and then why not finish off with a trip to Mrs Claus’s kitchen?

Full details will be issued in your welcome pack when you check in.


We will also be running stay and play sessions each afternoon from 1pm until 5pm. This is when you can stay and enjoy the amazing facilities with your child/ren and there is no need to pre-book. You are free to stay for as long as you would like and you are able to come along on all days that you stay with us. If you prefer to make use of the registered childcare, we have sessions running on the 24th and 26th from 9.30am until 12.30pm. You will have one session included per weekend and this needs to be pre-booked by calling the Activity Centre directly on 01479 815 286.

The swimming pool, steam room and sauna are open daily from 8am until 8pm, with last entry at 7.30pm, the gym is open from 8am until 9pm daily.


Our onsite Sony 4K cinema will be showing the latest release throughout the weekend, we will issue the programme when you check in, you will have one family cinema pass included in your stay.



Breakfast will be served in your own hotel from 7.30am until 10.30am daily, lodges with breakfast included will have breakfast in Macdonald Morlich Hotel.


Each evening you will dine in the beautiful Osprey Arena with a different food style each evening. You will need to pre-book your dinner time for all three evenings of your stay. This can be done by calling the Elf Hotline on 01479 815 114.

Christmas Eve Night

You can enjoy relaxed family dining choosing from our Around the World Buffet followed by elf entertainment and then our Mix Tape Party. Don’t worry the man himself will also make an appearance to welcome you to Aviemore!

Christmas Day Lunch & Evening

Today your fabulous Christmas lunch will replace your evening meal and will be served in the Peregrine Suite with live music and some elf entertainment. Then after an afternoon of relaxing, sit back and enjoy the Big Big Christmas Show in the Osprey Arena.

Boxing Day Night

The perfect end to your stay with us is our family style carvery, tonight’s entertainment is the Movie Magic Show, why not come dressed up as your favourite on-screen idol?

Please note if you would like to discuss eating in the restaurants in the resort, we have limited availability and a supplement applies, contact our Elf Hotline to discuss further.

We can cater for dietary requirements, please speak to the Elf Team, when booking your dinner times.

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