Things to do in the Falkirk area this Christmas

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


This Christmas enjoy a wide range of family fun events and activities planned across the Falkirk area. From festive trails, family panto, classic Christmas films; to supporting local independent shops, restaurants and paying a visit to our wide range of fantastic visitor attractions.


Stories with Santa and Mrs Claus at Callendar House

1-24 December (on selected days)


As Santa and Mrs Claus get ready for the big day they are taking some time to relax to read some of their favourite stories and they want to share them with YOU online! Gather the family, get cosy and get ready.  Find out more here


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Festive family films at Bo'ness Hippodrome Cinema

3-24 December 2021


Why not have a family trip to Scotland's oldest purpose-built cinema and enjoy some festive favourites such as Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Snowman. 


Have a look at the film programme and pre-book your tickets online here, or call 01324 506850. 



The Hippodrome


Christmas fun at the Falkirk Wheel

4-5 December 2021


Visit the Falkirk Wheel and enjoy a great festive day out with mini golf, face painting and a present from Santa - plus there's a chance to win a prize in the Christmas jumper competition!

Find out more and buy your tickets here


Christmas Falkirk Wheel 2021 



WinterFest at Zetland Park

5 December


Enjoy nature based activities with a winter spin, a range of activities will be taking place on the day including: natural wreath creations using paper plates, pop-stick art frames, pinecone tree decorations and much more! Santa will be making an appearance from 12:00 - 13:00. Find out more here



A Christmas Miracle at Rough Castle

10-24 December 2021


A stones throw from the The Falkirk Wheel, you will be able to wander through Rough Castle's 1.4km illumination trail, use your festive magic and cheer and be transported into a woodland world of light & illumination.


Rudolph and his real life Reindeer will guide you through Rough Castle Christmas Woodlands in search of Santa. And that’s not all! Journey through enchantment to their 35 metre Polar Ice Tunnel of Light on your Christmas quest.


Discover more and book your tickets here


A Christmas Miracle 2021


Beauty and the Beast at FTH Theatre

10-29 December 2021


Panto returns to FTH Theatre this festive season with the spectacular Beauty and the Beast, starring Barbara Bryceland as Fairy Fiona and Scott Watson as Wee Frankie McClunkey.

Make memories with your family this Christmas with this enchanting family panto which has all the ingredients for a magical trip to the theatre, with hilarious slapstick humour, plenty of audience interaction and marvellous musical numbers that you will be singing for days afterwards. Book your tickets here


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Christmas drive in movies at Falkirk Stadium

17 - 19 December 2021


Join the next festive drive in experience at Falkirk Stadium and enjoy some of the best classic christmas movies at the worlds largest drive in screen, including Home Alone, A Christmas Carol and Love Actually. Plus street food and drinks are available on site from The Big Feed. See what's on and buy tickets here


Falkirk Stadium Christmas Drive In Movies 2021



Christmas on the Canal

19 December


Come and meet Santa as he arrives by boat at Lock 16 in Camelon. Join in with an afternoon of festive treats full of joy and magic. A free family event organised by Go Forth and Clyde. Discover more and register here



Day out at The Helix/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.


There are a number of events taking place in and around The Helix and The Kelpies over the festive period: 


Glow Ride - 4 December

Light up your bike with fairy lights, glow sticks and all things bright and shiny for a wee jaunt around The Helix Park. There are two rides: The Mini Glow Ride which is 1 mile and the Main Glow Ride which is 3 miles. Book your place here


Cosy Christmas Reads - 12 to 19 December
Cosy up at The Visitor Centre at The Helix this December with their Cosy Christmas Reads. Bring the kids along, snuggle up and listen to some magical Christmas tales told by our story tellers. Find out more here


Chase the Turkey - 19 December

Run, jog or walk a 3km, 5km or 10km route around The Helix Park this December. Find out more about this fun run here


The Kelpie Bairn's Christmas - 23 December

This specially written children's tour follows our Kelpie Bairn as it discovers if Santa got the letter it sent to him. A perfect pre-Christmas treat for any age. Ticket price includes hot chocolate and mince pie. Book your tickets here


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The Kelpies

Festive events at Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway


Winter Diesel Running Day - 29 December

Re-live the sights, sounds and smells of the Swinging Sixties at this special event between Christmas and New Year. Intensive timetable with 27001, 37403 & 47643 in operation from the home fleet, joined by a special guest locomotive (tbc).


Black Bun Specials - 30 & 31 December 2021 and 2 & 3 January 2022

Enjoy a nostalgic steam train journey in a cosy carriage, complimentary hot drink and a slice of traditional Hogmanay black bun for the adults and shortbread and juice for the kids will make a perfect family treat to end the year together in style at this unique event.


Tickets will be on sale soon! Visit their website for more information.


Bo'ness Railway



Festive Park Trails


Enjoy a number of Christmas themed trails at some of our best parks and woodlands.


Winter Activity Trail at Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre - 4 December 10 - 2pm 

Elf Trail at Callendar House

Christmas Wood Elf Trail at Muiravonside Park

Hidden Heritage Trail at Kinneil Estate



Christmas at Falkirk District Towns

27 November - 18 December 2021




Check here and find out what's on this Christmas around the Falkirk district town centres (Falkirk, Bo'ness, Denny, Grangemouth and Stenhousemuir). Although the usual Christmas Light Switch on event will not take place this year, the towns will be hosting a full programme of events for 4 weeks! Enjoy the usual festive illuminations and Christmas trees while taking advantage of all our towns have to offer. The extended range of activities includes: Street entertainers and festive activities, Elf Day, Town centre Santa’s Grotto and much more. 


Check full programme here


Falkirk town centre Christmas

Falkirk Town Centre 




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. The Falkirk area offers a great choice of award-winning independent boutiques, designers, gifts, food and drink shops and much more. Visit our Falkirk area shop local guide here.


Why not treat yourself or your loved ones with the Falkirk District Towns Gift Card? Shop in over 120 businesses located in Falkirk, Bo’ness, Denny, Grangemouth and Stenhousemuir town centres. An easy way to shop and support your local community.


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Scarlet Ribbons gift shop


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 from 25 November to 31 December. Find out more and book online here.


Selected dates throughout December. Discover more here.


Available throughout December (subject to T&C). Find out more here.


Available in The Westfield Cafe from 29 November. Discover more here.


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Festive afternoon tea at Callendar House



Christmas Countdown - Take The Right Route

1-24 December


Join the festive fun with the Take the Right Route Christmas challenge. Earn rewards and win prizes for walking, cycling and taking public transport. Check how you can take part and win fantastic prizes here.


Falkirk Gift Card Picture In Town


Falkirk Town Centre Market

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