Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Update 13th December 2023

The Christmas Bauble Competition winners are.....

Congratulations to you all and thank you to everyone who took the time to submit an entry!


Update 12th December 2023

Well that’s a wrap!

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported Winter Wonderland this year:

  • Santa, his reindeer and Elves
  • All of our Carol singers, including the children from Stratherrick Primary School
  • Soup to Go for their cakes and festive goodies
  • BCC for looking after the mulled wine
  • All of the stallholders
  • Our team of volunteers who helped with many different aspects behind the scenes – decorating the grotto, providing the tractor, bales, and reindeer pen, putting together the raffle prizes to name a few
  • The kids’ corner team
  • Calum Martin and his crew for the lighting and sound

And of course everyone who came along to enjoy the event and take part in the festivities!

We hope you all agree that it was fantastic event, but we would love to hear your feedback.  Please complete the survey (Winter Wonderland 2023 Survey) before 19th December so that we can gather your views and improve again for next year!


Update 7th December 2023

Winter Wonderland 2023 starts tomorrow!

The lights are up, trees are decorated, the kitchen is organised, the presents have been delivered for Santa, and inside is all ready to welcome our traders, community groups, carol singers and of course lots of visitors!  We hope to see you there!


Update 30th November 2023

One week to go!

The team have been extremely busy decorating the Wildside Centre, and it is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Just a recap of some of what will be on offer: 

  • Christmas market (click here to see who is coming!) 
  • Fabulous light show
  • Reindeer (Friday only)
  • Carol singing
  • Kids' corner
  • Festive refreshments

...And of course Santa!

We look forward to seeing you on Friday 8th or Saturday 9th December, 4pm - 8pm, at The Wildside Centre, Whitebridge! 


Update 29th November 2023


The proceeds from this year's raffle will be going to Soup to Go.  We have 6 fabulous hampers as prizes, so please make sure you buy your tickets to be in with a chance of winning!



Update 28th November 2023

Fancy a bit of carol singing?

The pupils from Aldourie and Stratherrick Primary Schools will be opening both days of Winter Wonderland with some festive singing, so please come along and support!  We would also like to encourage all members of the community to join in, and to do this we have a community sing-along session on both Friday and Saturday at 5.30pm!  Julie Harvey, who is leading the Friday session, will be holding a quick run-through this Thursday evening at The Wildside Centre at 7pm, so please do come along if you are free.  If you would like to be involved but can't make it please just turn up on the day and join in!


Update 27th November 2023

Santa's Grotto bookings are now closed!  Santa's elves are now busy preparing for their visit on the 8th and 9th and are looking forward to seeing you then!


Update 23rd November 2023

The big news this week is that Santa's reindeer are joining us on Friday 8th December, for day one of Winter Wonderland!

Courtesy of The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

We hope you are as excited about this as we are! 


We are also pleased to confirm that the following community groups will be joining us to promote their activities:

  • Boleskine Community Care
  • Wild Crafts
  • Stratherrick Primary School 
  • Stratherrick Parent Council


There will be carol singing at intervals throughout the event, with the children from Stratherrick and Aldourie primary schools opening each day with their festive singing.  We will have a slot on each day for community participation, and Julie Harvey is looking for some willing singers to join her on Friday afternoon.  If you would like to be part of this please email Julie for more info -


Remember that bookings for Santa's Grotto close this Sunday so book your slot here now so that you don't miss out! 


Update - 16th November 2023

We are so pleased that the Kids' corner is returning bigger and better this year!  Here are some of the activities that will be going on throughout the event:

  • Pin the nose on the snowman
  • Snowflake making
  • Make your own Christmas cards
  • Christmas card magic tricks
  • Biscuit decorating
  • Face painting

We've also got a fabulous list of traders coming along to our Christmas market - you can see who is coming here!  We do still have a couple of spaces left on Saturday night so please email Caroline on if you would like a stand.

Remember to like the event page on Facebook too to get regular updates - Winter Wonderland 2023! | Facebook


Update - 9th November 2023


Plans are coming together for Winter Wonderland, which is 4 weeks away!  We will share details of each element of the event over the coming weeks, but it is shaping up to be something special!  There are still some spaces available to see Santa, so remember to book your spot before it fills up! Santa's Grotto Bookings


Update - 1st November 2023


Would you like to book your slot with Santa at this year's Winter Wonderland on Friday the 8th of December between 4-8pm or Saturday 9th December between 4-8pm?


If you would then click HERE to make your free booking!


Deadline for bookings is Sunday 26th November 2023 to give the elves plenty of time to prepare!








Update - 25th October 2023

Do you have any Christmas goodies, food or crafts that you would like to sell?

We still have a couple of spaces available for our Christmas Market at Winter Wonderland 2023 on Friday 8th December and Friday 9th December between 4pm-8pm. We would love to have you!

Please contact for more information and book the final spots before it’s too late!


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…….




Update - 31st August 2023

Save the date!  This year's Winter Wonderland will take place on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December at the Wildside Centre!  Planning for the event is underway and there will be more information shared soon, but if you would like to be involved or would like to help, please contact


Update- 7th February 2023

We are in the early stages of organsing the event for 2023.  We will announce the dates for this year as soon as it is confirmed.


Update - 14th December 2022

Thank you to everybody who made this event possible and to everyone for turning out and supporting the market, the children, the schools and the community groups.  The Winter Wonderland survey is available here.  Please spare a few moments to give us your feedback and suggest ideas and improvements for next year!


Update 24th November 2022

One day to go!!!  Remember to book your slot for Santa's Grotto before booking closes tomorrow!  Book your slot here.

We've also been hearing about how busy our youngsters have been with making their snowflakes - we will be collecting them all next week, and the winning snowflakes will be announced at Winter Wonderland!  Thank you to the Crafty ladies for agreeing to judge them for us.



Update - 21st November 2022

Alongside our fabulous Winter light show, children's activities and Santa's Grotto we also have our Christmas Market!  Come along support our local businesses and buy some unique Christmas gifts!  We do also have a couple of spaces still available so please get in touch with Caroline by emailing if you would like a stall.


Flowers by the Loch

Jinty’sJams & Jellies

Lyne Mhor Croft

Martin’s Sweets

Morag's Crafty Bothy

River Croft

The Neil Mackenzie Trust

KindNess Glass

Rachel McIntyre Painting

Kate’s Woody Wonders

MJ's Cakes and Bakes (Fri Only)


Update - 19th November 2022

Less than a week to go to book your slot to visit Santa!  Click HERE to confirm your time!


Update- 17th October 2022

It's competition time!  Can you create some fabulous paper snowflakes to decorate the inside of The Wildside Centre?  Just hand them into your local school, nursery or toddler group and we will collect the entries when the competition closes on the 2nd of December!  Good luck!

Update- 2nd October 2022

Save the date!


Confirmed date Friday 9th December 4-8pm and Saturday 10th December 4-8pm


If you are interested in volunteering at this event, no matter how big or small, please email

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