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What's on around Stirling in December

Tolbooth and Albert Halls Festive Performances

Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook heads festive programme for Stirling

Phil Cunningham has extended his annual sell-out Christmas tour to include Stirling’s ALBERT HALLS for the first time on Fri 16 Dec. His wonderful show features

Karen Matheson, Eddi Reader, Kris Drever, and a brass band. A real festive treat full of wonderful festive songs guaranteed to make you feel Christmassy.

And for children Funbox, formerly Singing Kettle are back with show full of singalong favourites on 28 and 29 Dec.

And at the TOLBOOTH, for the first time we bring you a show that also has enjoyed massive success elsewhere – three performances on 16 and 17 Dec including a matinee.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, is a play with six actors playing the characters from this beloved film brought to stage as a 1940s live radio broadcast, with a cast including Tom Urie from River City

Other fabulous shows include Roddy Woomble back with his Christmas Hootenany on 15 December / Michelle McManus’s acclaimed one woman show with wonderful songs and banter on 26 November /

The incredible Barry Steel’s portrayal of Roy Orbison on 9 December, Dean Owens and The Whisky Hearts and loads more.

For full details and to book tickets, visit the Tolbooth and Albert Halls pages of the What's On guide.

Christmas Family Ceilidh at the Tolbooth

10 December
3.00 pm

Christmas Evening Ceilidh at the Tolbooth

10 December
8.00 pm

What better way to spend the lead up to Christmas than celebrating the festive season with friends and family in traditional Scottish style? Expect the usual pre-Christmas fun with the ever popular Brian McAlpine and The Scottish Ceilidh All Stars. Bring a friend or come alone and make some when you get here.

And don’t worry if you’ve never been to a Ceilidh before, our ace band will talk you through.

the dances and ensure a fun time for all. Both ceilidhs are open to all, though the afternoon ceilidh is particularly popular with families of all ages. Be sure to book early if you want to take part in this year’s seasonal knees up.

The family ceilidh will end at 5pm.

Stirling City Choir Christmas Concert

Saturday, 10th December, 2016
Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling

Conductor: Gillian Craig
Organist: Ian Boulter
with special guests
Trumpeters Bede and Vicky Williams
Christmas music including carols new and old
Come and join in singing traditional favourites

Tickets £12, £10 concessions
School age children free
Available in advance from choir members, or at the door

Bridge of Allan Christmas Fayre 2016

Sunday 13th December

Bridge of Allan Community Council in collaboration with Visit Bridge of Allan and BofA Events are bringing Christmas back to the village. Santa will be there along with his reindeer, there will be tonnes of festive cheer, festive stalls, choirs and entertainment for everyone.

For the first time, Bridge of Allan will be lit up with a Henderson Street stretch of lights that will put the village on the festive map. Keep Sunday 13th December free and head to Bridge of Allan for a really great Christmassy afternoon out for all the family.

What's on around Stirling in August

Bridge of Allan Highland Games

Bridge of Allan Highland Games logo

Sunday August 07 2016

Imagine the scene: Colourful pipe bands, elegant highland dancers, huge strongmen tossing the caber. A multitude of other events, stalls and entertainments spread out in a picturesque and historic setting.

Bridge of Allan is one of Scotland’s premier Highland Games, attracting crowds of between 8,000 and 10,000 people. The games field nestles between Stirling Castle – Scotland’s grandest historic attraction, the beautiful Ochil Hills and the National Wallace Monument, made famous by the blockbuster movie, Braveheart.

The games themselves offer a packed programme of traditional cultural and sporting events. Crowd-pleasing heavyweight competitions, almost two hundred highland dancers and more than a thousand pipers are just some of the highlights of the day.

You can also enjoy running, cycling and wrestling, browse among trade stands and craft stalls and enjoy a wee refreshment or two as you go. For the young ones there’s more thrills to enjoy in the popular funfair, adjoining the Games field.

Whether you live in Scotland and you’re looking for a fascinating day out or you’re visiting on holiday, you can’t fail to be impressed by such a concentration of traditional Scottish events and entertainment. The climax of the day, the massed pipe bands, is one of the most inspiring and emotional sights of Scotland.

Bridge of Allan Highland Games is run to professional standards by dedicated local volunteers. We look forward to meeting you in August.

Bridge of Allan Highland Games logo
Highland Dancing

Enjoy the spectacle as hundreds of highland dancers display their graceful art.


It’s the battle of the bands, as more than a thousand pipers thrill the crowds.


Marvel at amazing feats of power and skill shown by top international strongmen.

Visit the website for
Bridge of Allan Games
for full details about the event and to find out who this year's Chieftain will be.

Telephone 07437 329827
Email info@bofagames.com

Stirling Highland Games

Stirling Highland Games logo

Saturday 20th August 2016
From 10.30am to 5.00pm

Stirling Highland Games is one of the City of Stirling’s signature annual events welcoming visitors from around the world to central Scotland to see our traditional Highland games competitions.

The games field is located behind Stirling Sports Village and offers spectacular views over to the Wallace Monument, Cambuskenneth Abbey and Stirling Castle. There is a full programme of traditional Highland games competitions on offer including Running, Youth Running, Cycling, Highland Dancing, Heavyweights, Light Field, and Tug o War. Several Piping Performances will also be showcased throughout the day.

There is plenty to see, do and taste. The Traders Village will showcase a delicious range of food and coffee servers, craft and whisky stalls and activities to take part in. There is also an onsite bar so you can enjoy refreshments throughout the day whilst enjoying Games Day with friends.

Tickets can be bought at the gate on the day or at a discount in advance through the online shop.

Stirling Highland Games is one of Stirling’s main event attractions in the annual calendar with a mix of traditional highland games, craft and whisky stalls, kids entertainment and great opportunities to try some quality Scottish food and drink.

Stirling was fairly late in holding Highland games. Balfron, Thornhill, Denny, Alloa and Tillicoultry all had annual games, before the first Stirling Highland Games were held. The first games took place in July 1870 at Wellgreen and 4,000 spectators turned up on the day.

Visit the website for
Stirling Highland Games
and find out about this year's games.

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