Discover the Cairngorms - The Home of Christmas in the Highlands.

We know you will absolutely love the Cairngorms at Christmas time and with so much on offer it really is the home of Christmas in the Highlands.Here are our picks for the best festive activities perfect for families.

Ride the Santa Express

Everyone loves going on the Steam Train that runs between Aviemore and Boat of Garten but it is extra special at Christmas time. The kids will love the excitement of on board The Santa Express and everyone will get a chance to meet the man himself and get a present. The grown ups are in for a treat too with delicious mulled wine and Christmas food served. More info

Join 100s of Santas on a family fun run

If one santa isn’t enough then you will love the fun and excitement of Aviemore’s santa run where 100s of folk don Santa Outfits for a fun run through Aviemore. If you fancy really getting involved in the fun you can join the event for 1mile or 5k. It doesn’t matter if you run, jog, walk or are pushed, as long as you have fun! Everyone will be rewarded with a festive medal, a mince pie and an activity bag for the children. Saturday 14th Dec. More info

Make friends with Reindeer

You don’t have to go all the way to the North Pole to meet Reindeer - The Cairngorms is home to a wonderful herd of our own living on a hill outside Aviemore. On December weekends leading up to Christmas, they run “Christmas Fun” events with extra crafting activities, and Santa visiting from 12pm – 3pm. More info

See actual polar bears

Ok so we have Santa and Reindeer covered but did you know we also have our Polar Bears in the Cairngorms at the Highland Wildlife Park. The park has two adult males called Walker and Arktos, a female called Victoria and a young male called Hamish. Hamish was the first polar bear born in UK for 25 years. They also have Wolve, Tigers and native Wild Cats. More info

Shop local

The Cairngorms is home to many fantastic independent businesses - Grantown on Spey’s High Street is well worth a visit and you will be sure to get great gifts at The Bookmark and Ewe & Me. In Aviemore the Kilted Fudge Company has delicious fudge that would make a great stocking filler. If you are looking for great local art - check out the Old Post Office Gallery in Kincraig - it has a fab cafe too serving great coffee and fresh Italian inspired dishes.

A treat for the grown ups

If you are looking for a more grown up Christmas activity or present check out the Snug in Aviemore where you can sample and buy Speyside Whisky and Byron Gin. Or if beer is more your thing the Cairngorm brewery is well worth a visit for brewery tours and great gift shop.

Stay in your very own Highland lodge

We have a range of lodges that would all be great for a festive break in Aviemore and The Cairngorms whether you fancy staying in a log cabin like Beaver Creek Lodge, Wolf Lodge or Croft Kincardine, a cosy cottage like Spey Cottage or Woodlands Cottage, a family friendly home with lots of space and fun like Snowmass Lodge or Black Grouse Lodge, or a bigger property for all the family like The Eagles Nest and The Post House.

To see our full range check out our find a lodge page.