Festive Family Fun near Airhouses

  • Family events in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders
  • Light shows, Santa visits and train rides!
  • Markets, Shows and Ice Skating!
Santa Visits
Santa Visits
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Ideas for festive trips from Airhouses for all the family to enjoy

From spectacular light trails, Santa’s Grotto’s, to night-time Giraffe visits you can have varied and wonderful family trips from Airhouses this November and December. We have collated some of our favorites below. Many of these events have opened for booking this month, and are booking up fast!

Dalkeith Country Park

Located only 25 mins away from Airhouses is Dalkeith Country Park. Not only does it contain an amazing adventure playground but in the winter months this gets transformed into a spectacular light show for all the family to enjoy. See their website here for more information.

Santa also often visits the park, keep an eye on this part of their website to see whether he is coming back again this year.

Dalkeith Country Park
Dalkeith Country Park

Heatherslaw Light Railway

A wonderful light railway that takes you an short trip through the Ford and Etal valley ending at the ruins of Etal Castle. They are for 2021 putting on special Santa trains. Only 50 mins from Airhouses and with lots of other wonderful attractions near by. Check their website for more information by clicking here.

Heatherslaw Light Railways
Heatherslaw Light Railways

Edinburgh Zoo

The wonderful Edinburgh Zoo complete with new Giraffes for 2021 is a 50 mins drive from Airhouses. It also has a light trial and a Santa’s Grotto open on their special Christmas night! Visit Edinburgh Zoo Christmas Nights | Edinburgh Zoo for more information and to book.

Royal Botanic Gardens December 2018
Royal Botanic Gardens December 2018
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Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

A 40 min drive from Edinburgh is the gorgeous Botanic Gardens, with wonderful light installations that change yearly for the festive season. This is a firm favorite of ours and one we can absolutely recommend. Christmas at the Botanics 2021 | Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (rbge.org.uk)

Edinburgh Castle

Visit the castle at night and see it lit up by magical lights, or book a special afternoon tea or Christmas meal and eat inside the castle, staying snuggly warm! Click here for more information. 

Born in the Borders

Did you know you can ice skate on real ice only 35 min from Airhouses, and sledge whether there is snow or not? You can also have a grown-up festive afternoon tea or join Ana and Elsa from Frozen 2 for some festive fun! Click here. 

Ice Skater
Ice Skater
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Festive Fun
Festive Fun
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Dobbies Garden centre

Another favourite of ours, Dobbies Garden Centre, Eskbank Dalkeith only 30 mins away from Airhouses. It is always alive at Christmas with decorations, trees and an amazing Santa’s Grotto. This is the flagship Dobbies store, the first one ever and they have always gone all out at Christmas. You can sometimes even have breakfast with Santa! To keep up to date on what’s on offer this Christmas visit their website here. 

These are just a few of the wonderful winter events on in Scotland this season – more information about all sorts of events can be found here.

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