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Hogmanay at Macdonald Aviemore Resort

Thank you for booking your festive break at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, I am 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 back.

Kind regards,

Paul Bayliss

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 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 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 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 2018!

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 we will be running 'stay and play' sessions each afternoon from 1pm - 5pm when you can stay and enjoy the amazing facilities with your child/ren. There is no need to pre-book and you're free to stay for as long as you would like and you are able to use sessions on both days of your stay.

If you'd like to take advantage of our registered childcare, we have fully supervised sessions running throughout your stay on the 30th and 31st 9.30am-12.30pm. You have one session included per weekend and this needs to be pre-booked by calling the Elf Hotline on 01479 815114.

The leisure 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. Please note the 1st Jan 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 815 114. For Hogmanay you will be allocated a dinner time which we will confirm to you when you make your other bookings. 

30th Dec Night
You can enjoy relaxed family dining choosing from our Around the World Buffet 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 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 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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