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Hogmanay at Macdonald Aviemore Resort

Thank you for booking your festive break at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, we can't wait to welcome you and your family to our Hogmanay Break.

We have detailed some useful information for you below and if you have any further questions, you can call the Elf Hotline (they are staying through the festive season to help us) 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 right back.

Kind regards,

Raf Grzemski | General Manager


Upon arrival keep your eye out for cheeky elves, they are staying with us throughout New Year and will be around the resort all afternoon on the 30th. 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 and we will issue your welcome pack which will contain confirmation of the bookings you have made along with all the relevant information for your stay.


This year’s panto is Robinson Crusoe. We promise an action-packed panto telling the tale of heroic captain of the Good Ship Lizzie. Join us for a great live show full of laughs for the whole family.

Showing on the 31st December, 1st and 4th January at 2.00pm in Spey Valley Cinema located in the main Resort Reception. You do not need to pre-book.


This year why worry that Christmas is over, here in Aviemore we are keeping the spirit alive with our jam-packed Elf Village for you to visit throughout your stay. You’ll find the Elf Village in the Aviemore Activity Centre and will include free flow activities for the children to enjoy, such as elf uniform design, festive art and crafts and then you can finish off with a trip to Mrs Claus's kitchen. Mr Claus may only work until Christmas Day but the rest of the team in Aviemore are still here to ensure you have an amazing start to 2020! Full details will be issued in your welcome pack when you check in.


All guests have free unlimited access to Aviemore Activity Centre. During your stay you can enjoy use of the indoor soft play centre and activity rooms with one of our cafe's overlooking the soft play. There's something for all ages from our tumble room and sensory experience to an X-box room for older children. There is no need to pre-book and you're free to stay for as long as you would like. Open from 8.00am until 8.00pm with last entry at 7.30pm.


The large indoor heated pool, steam room, sauna and gym are all located in the Aviemore Activity Centre. You'll find a flume great for kids and shallow end for smaller children too. Open daily from 8.00am to 8.00pm with last entry at 7.30pm. Please note on 1st January opening hours for the pool are 8.00am until 5.00pm.


Our onsite Sony 4K cinema will be showing the latest release either in the morning or evening during your stay. Every family will receive the listings when you check in and you have one family cinema pass included in your break. Please note Spey Valley Cinema is closed in the evening of the 31st.


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 theme each evening. You will need to pre-book your dinner times for the 30th and the 1st by calling the Elf Hotline on 01479 815 120. For Hogmanay you will be allocated a dinner time which we will confirm to you when you make your other bookings. 

30th December - Evening
You can enjoy relaxed family dining from our Festive Bottomless BBQ followed by elf entertainment and our Mix Tape Party.



We have a night packed with entertainment and excitement plan for you, ready to bring in 2019 in style. Start the night off with your fabulous 3 course set meal, followed by children’s games and then we have a great night packed with a live show, an amazing Ceilidh band and then our local Strathspey Pipe Band and fantastic firework display to bring in the bells.

New Year’s Day Night
The perfect end to your stay with us is our Festive Big Roast Dinner. 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 at 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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