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Discover christmas through the ages at Stirling Castle

12 December 2012

Visitors to Stirling Castle will be able to step back in time to Christmases past this weekend.

On Sunday (16th December) the castle will be taking visitors on a magical journey through time to discover how Christmas was celebrated through the ages from the renaissance period up until the modern day.

Costumed performers will regale visitors with tales ranging from how the Stewart household celebrated the festive period, through to how Cromwell tried to ban Christmas.

There will also be the opportunity to look at the origins of some of the traditions still in use today which stretch back to the Georgian and Victorian periods before spinning forward in time to the 1970’s to rediscover some of the more iconic gifts of the decade!

Visitors will also have the chance to see the palace kitchens being brought back to life as cooks prepare a sumptuous feast which will be laid out in the Great Hall during the afternoon, whilst young visitors will have the chance to make their very own Christmas cards.

Gillian MacDonald, Executive Manager at Stirling Castle said;

“This is a great day out for all the family.

“There are so many fascinating stories behind Christmas and its traditions and visitors will be able to find out about these first hand when they meet our costumed performers spanning the centuries.

“Its also a great way to celebrate the festive season and get away from all the last minute preparations whilst finding out more about Christmas in years gone by.”

Entry to all of the activities are included as part of the entrance fee. For further information please visit

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