Seasonal fun at Stirling
6 December 2006
Tis the season to be jolly, and there will definitely be laughter aplenty as Historic Scotland brings Christmas to Stirling Castle.
On Sunday 17 December, an air of magic and merriment will drift through this ancient fortress as music, comedy, storytelling and, of course Father Christmas all combine to capture the true spirit of a traditional Christmas.
* Discover our magical Father Christmas in his Grotto within the beautiful Chapel Royal, and prepare to be amazed as he performs special magic shows, guaranteed to surprise and delight all the family. In the Great Hall, visitors can encounter some festive frolics from our comedy pirates, now where have they smuggled those Christmas presents?!
‘Bah Humbug!’; not even Ebenezer Scrooge will be able to dampen spirits at the Christmas at the Castle event. Instead he will tell the tale of ‘A Christmas Carol’, introducing his audience to the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. And join Celtic band Laverock as they start ‘rocking around the Christmas tree’ to some seasonal songs, we are sure everyone will know all the words!
Nick Finnigan, Events Manager at Historic Scotland said: "We hope visitors will enjoy getting into the festive spirit at the Stirling Castle. We all know Father Christmas is magical, but have you ever seen him use his powers close up? It really is a traditional Christmas event with a twist, and families should prepare to be amazed."
Christmas at Stirling Castle is on 17 December 2006 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. For more information on this event please call 0131 668 8926.
Stirling Castle is also serving Christmas lunches for the first time ever from 16 to 22 December. The price is £18.00 per person for three courses, and this includes entry to Stirling Castle. Booking is essential, please contact 0131 220 4833.
Notes for editors
- Stirling Castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town. Telephone 01786 450000. Tickets are £8.50 for adults, £6.50 concessions and £3.50 for children. If you book Christmas lunch in the Unicorn Restaurant, you gain free entry to the Castle. Stirling Castle Christmas lunches are available from 16 to 22 December (inclusive).
- Stirling Castle, with its splendid decorative stonework and mass of still complete buildings, is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Europe. It is also the royal residence that best represents the Stewart dynasty in Scotland.
- The Castle sits above two of the most famous battlefields in Scottish history: Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn.
- Tradition suggests that there was a settlement on the Castle site in the 7th and 8th centuries. Kenneth MacAlpin, shortly before becoming King of Alba, is said to have besieged the rock in 842. It was MacAlpin who placed the Stone of Destiny at Scone.
- Legends associate Stirling with the story of King Arthur, and some have suggested that it could have been Camelot itself.
- The first reference to the Castle alludes to King Alexander I’s endowment of a chapel within the castle between 1107 and 1115.
- Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae.