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Santa Weekend Pre-Arrival Guide

Thank you for booking your festive break at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, I love my highland home here in Aviemore and I can't wait for me and the team to welcome you for your Santa Weekend 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 815 114, 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 are staying with us throughout the weekend and will be around the resort all afternoon on Friday. 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.


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 slot pre-arrival 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 Highland weather and please arrive at your booked slot time.

We will be sending out letters for child/ren to fill, but if you need another copy you can get from reception at check in.

You can send the completed letters to Santa to the resort in a number of 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 real reindeer will be onsite on Sunday from 10.30am until 12.30pm, this is a great photo opportunity for the whole family and the reindeer handlers are full of useful information, about Santa’s flying friend.


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 Saturday and Sunday during your stay at 2pm in Spey Valley Cinema located in the main Resort Reception. You do not need to pre-book but please remember to bring your pantomime ticket with you to gain entry.


This year we have a jammed packed Elf Village for you to visit throughout your stay, this is located at 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.


You are welcome to use our indoor pool complex throughout your stay with us. Splash in the pool (we have a shallow section for little ones), have a go on the waterslide or for adults relax in the whirlpool bath, sauna and steam room. There's also a gym too.

The leisure centre is open daily from 8.00am until 8.00pm, with last entry at 7.30pm.


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 for you 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 Osprey Arena, with a different theme each evening, you will need to pre-book a dinner slot all three evenings, this can be done by calling the Elf Hotline on 01479 815114.

Friday Night 
You can enjoy relaxed family dining choosing from our our Festive Bottomless BBQ 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!


Saturday Night
Celebrate in style with our fabulous Street Food Festival, more elf entertainment and then sit back and enjoy the Big Big Christmas Show.

Sunday Night
The perfect end to your weekend 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?

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