Things to do in the Falkirk area this Christmas

It’s the countdown to the most wonderful time of the year!


Christmas 2020 is going to be a bit different to normal, but there are still many fun events and activities planned across the Falkirk area, from festive trails, virtual and community events to supporting local independent shops, restaurants and paying a visit to our wide range of fantastic visitor attractions.


Furthe to the recent Government Announcement - the Falkirk area will move to Tier 4 on the 26th December 2020. This will result in all Attractions, Accomodation providers, Bars, Cafes & restaurants being required to close. This is to be reviewed mid - January. 


 Indulge in a Festive Afternoon Tea


Embrace the magic of Christmas with a Festive Afternoon Tea. We can't think of any better way to celebrate than to catch up with loved ones in cosy surroundings over delicious Christmas treats.


There a wide variety of places in the Falkirk area offering Afternoon Teas here are just some of them:


Avaiable until 24th December. Take Away option available. Find out more and book online here.


Available until 24th December. Discover more here.


Available until 24th December. Find out more here.


Bookings available until 24th December. Discover more here.


Click here to discover more restaurants and cafés in the Falkirk area


Festive Afternoon Tea Callendar House Min



Callendar House’s Winter Exhibition

Showing 28 November 2020 – 31 January 2021


An exhibition featuring a selection of works from artists based in the Falkirk area. All work is for sale and available to take away.


Find out more and make sure you pre-book your free visit online here.


Callendar House and Park in the snow



Pay a visit to the majestic Kelpies


The Kelpies are stunning on a cold winters day making it a great time of year to visit. With so much to see and do, it is a fantastic day out with the family.


Join a Kelpies tour to experience a Kelpie from the inside and explore the extensive Helix path network, ideal for walking, cycling and running and of course many have a fantastic view. Warm up inside the visitor centre, with a hot drink in the café or take away, enjoy lunch with family or friends (sticking to regulations) and buy a unique gift for a loved one or yourself this Christmas. The gift shop stock a lovely range of gifts, many made in Scotland and the UK including toiletries, jewellery and books not found on the high street.


Kelpies Visitor Centre Min



Family fun day at Muiravonside Country Park


Winter is a magical time of the year to explore Muiravonside’s stunning woodland and parkland. including nature trails and play areas.


Take a wander around Newparks Farm and discover a charming collection of animals, such as Highland cows, llamas, donkeys, goats and many more.


The Christmas Trail and Elf Trail are a great, festive fun way to explore the park with the whole family.


Muiravonside Christmas Trail 2020 ST



Shop local and support Falkirk area businesses this Christmas


Discover and support the wide range of local businesses on your doorstep this Christmas. Whatever your taste or budget you are sure to find somewhere where you can stock up on unique festive gifts. Visit our Falkirk area shop local guide here.


The Falkirk area offers a great choice of award-winning independent boutiques, designers, gifts, food and drink shops and much more.


Why not treat yourself or your loved ones with the new District gift card? Shop in over 100 businesses located in Falkirk, Bo’ness, Denny, Grangemouth and Stenhousemuir town centres. An easy way to shop and support your local community.


And now you can park for free in Falkirk town centre during the Festive holidays! The initiative Free Festive Parking is available Monday to Wednesday, from the 1st-23rd December. Discover more here.


Gift Card



Festive family films at the beloved Hippodrome


The much loved and missed Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness is re-opening on Friday 18 December (subject to confirmation of the Falkirk area moving into the Scottish Government’s Tier 2 and also completion of local health and safety tests)


Enjoy with the whole family some festive favourites such as Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Snowman at Scotland's oldest purpose-built cinema.


Pre-booking is required, and you will be able to do so from 11 December by going online at or calling at 01324 506850. 


Find out more about the Hippodrome here, and the Covid-19 safety measures to keep you safe.





Experience the thrill of racing at Xtreme Karting


Are you looking for something different to do with your family and friends this Christmas? Visit Xtreme Karting, a VisitScotland 5-star indoor centre and experience the thrill of racing.  


Xtreme Karting has race tuned karts, an exhilarating track and a range of exciting race sessions guaranteed to get the adrenalin pumping and put a smile on your face.


A great indoor activity to enjoy in the run up to Christmas, especially in the cold and dark winter months!


Discover their gift vouchers, and surprise your love ones with an exciting and fun activity this Christmas.


It is 'We're Good to Go' certified and pre-booking is required.


Xtreme Karting, Larbert, Falkirk

Falkirk Town Centre Market

Falkirk area shop local

In these uncertain times, businesses in the Falkirk area need you more than ever. Shop local and support the businesses on your doorstep.

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