AYR at Christmas – What’s on!

By Olivia Ogilvie.

AT Christmas time there is always something you can do whether it be going to see panto, going to a Christmas party, seeing a show or visiting a Christmas market.

Here is a round up of what’s on in Ayr:

Santa’s Magical Grotto At Ayr Central – November 27 – December 24


Why not take a trip to Santa’s grotto something that is surely on every child’s Christmas wish list and makes for a wonderful start to the festivities.

Meet Father Christmas and his elves in the magical grotto at Ayr Central where you will receive a present from the man in red himself. 
Make sure to put in your request to Santa, you can pre-book tickets now for just £6.00 per child (plus booking fee), which includes a free gift.

BOOK TICKETS NOW – https://buymsh.digitickets.co.uk/tickets

Grotto Opening Hours until Sunday December 18:

Monday to Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.

From Monday December 19:

Monday to Friday 10am-6pm and Christmas Eve: 9am-3pm

Santa’s Grotto is managed and operated by #BUYMSH APPEAL. All of the money raised will go to benefit the appeal to build a new 21st century Malcolm Sargent House in Ayrshire for children, young people and their families suffering with cancer and life altering illnesses in the UK. Santa’s Grotto is being operated in aid of the #BUYMSH appeal. Book your grotto visit at ayrcentral.com.

Enterkine – Santa is visiting for lunch – December 10 1pm-3pm at Brownes Restaurant Enterkine House Hotel


Price: £25.00 per adult / £15.00 per child

Visit Enterkine to meet Santa in his Grotto and enjoy a 3-course lunch in Brownes Restaurant. To make a reservation, please contact either: mail@enterkine.com or call 01292 520580.


Santa is coming to burns cottage… Jingle owl the way – December 10-11 at Burns Cottage


Price: £10.50 per person or Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) – £38.50

Santa is coming to Burns Cottage with some wise friends this Christmas. Join us for this very special event where you can spend some time with one of Santa’s elves writing your Christmas letter on a parchment using traditional quills and ink. One of the elves will then take you to meet Santa’s feathery helper for you to give them your message to take back to his workshop.

Visit includes: Entry to Burns Cottage
Letter writing craft activity
Photo souvenir
Gift from Santa
Juice and shortbread for the little people
Tea/coffee or mulled wine and mince pies for the big people.

After your visit to Santa, why not pop along to the Museum where you can enjoy browsing our Christmas Craft Fair (Saturday 10) and Farmer’s Market (Sunday 11)
Booking is essential! http://www.burnsmuseum.org.uk/event/jingle-owl-way/

Christmas wreath making – December 10 from 12am-3pm, Belleisle Conservatory, Belleisle Park.


The Belleisle Rangers are hosting this Christmas themed event. Geoff Forrest will be on hand to assist with Wreath Making during this three hour, FREE, drop-in session.

For further information, please contact:

Via email – Belleisle.Rangers@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

Via telephone – 07980931130 or 07980931205

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – December 2 until January 3 at the Gaiety Theatre


Prices range from £10.00 to £18.50

Everybody loves a panto at Christmas time don’t they? This could be the perfect outing for you.

This spellbinding pantomime full of music, magic and mayhem, special effects, breath taking sets, loads of laughs and lavish costumes is a real Christmas treat for all the family.

Wicked Queen: Michelle Heaton (Liberty X)

Snow White: Lorna Anderson (BBC’s River City)

Chancellor Pratt: Kenny Boyle

Prince: Liam Webster

Muddles: Daniel Whitley

Ayr concert series – Christmas with the BBC Scottish symphony orchestra -7.30pm – 9.30pm at Ayr, Town Hall


Price: Circle £24, Stalls £20, Student £5 (Stalls only), Child £3 (Stalls only)

Like a musical selection box, this concert will be packed with seasonal Classical favourites, including works by Tchaikovsky and Prokokiev. Once again tenor and BBC Radio Scotland presenter Jamie MacDougall is your host, and this year he’s joined by conductor Stephen Bell and vocalist Clare Teal for some beautiful arrangements of classic festive songs and carols.

Always a sell-out so BUY your tickets now!

Jamie MacDougall – tenor and presenter

Clare Teal – vocalist
Stephen Bell – conductor.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers – December 29, 2pm to 7.30pm at Ayr Town Hall


The Red Hot Chilli Pipers were the winners of the Prime Time BBC One show ‘When Will I Be Famous’. With a blistering set of Rock Bagpipes, they astounded the viewers and critics.

Putting a modern spin on incredible piping and astounding drumming with an emphasis on showing off and putting on a show guaranteed to amaze any audience; The Red Hot Chilli Pipers really are a genuinely unique experience.

A show not to be missed! Early booking is advisable. https://rhcp.scot/#

Ayr’s Hogmany Hootenany 2016 – December 31 at Ayr Town Hall from 7.30pm – 1am


Price: £20.00 per person

Tickets are £20 each and available from Body Art, Billy Bridges, Ticketweb.co.uk or by calling 08444 77 1000.

This year’s Hogmanay Hootenanny will feature Electric Warrior, The Big Slinky & The Peas.



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