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Lairg & District Community Initiatives


Winterfest is an annual family event that takes place in Lairg a few weeks before Christmas. The day begins with a parade featuring reindeer from the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre pulling Santa and Mrs Claus in a sleigh along the Main Street to the Lairg Community Centre, where the festivities are based.

Click here to download the Winterfest 2023 Programme 

12 pm: Church Bells open parade
12 pm:   Opening Parade of the Reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh from the bottom of the Main Street up to the Community Centre.  (Approx. 20 – 30 mins).  The reindeer will be at the back of the Community Centre for further viewing.
12 – 4.30 pm:   Christmas Market in the Main Hall, Shin Suite, and Kinvonvie Suite (in the Community Centre).
12.30 – 4 pm:   Santa Claus will meet children in his Grotto in the Conservatory within the Community Centre. £3 entry
12 – 4.30 pm:   Café provided by the Crofters Show in the Rifle Range (in the Community Centre). Tea/ coffee and home-baking.
12 - 4.30 pm:   Fun Fair & Food Van outside.
12 - 4.30 pm:   Activities (TBC) in Lairg Primary School Gym (run by Lairg Primary Parent Council.)

From 1pm:       Strathfleet Buttons & Bows will play traditional music in the Main Hall.  

2 pm:               Hopscotch Magic Show for Children, Free admission. In Lairg Primary School, (General purpose room).   
Free festive classes at Lairg & District Learning Centre (TBC)

Booking in advance is essential. Contact Lairg & District Learning Centre on or call 01549 402050 to book a place.

4 pm:   Children’s Mini Raffle followed by the Grand Raffle Draw in the Main Hall.

4.30 pm: Event Closes
Important!  Can we politely ask you to not bring your dogs with you to the parade as they can spook the reindeer, and this will not please Santa!!