Visit The Oban Winter Festival


8th November – 27 November 2016.


Looking for a short break in Scotland this winter with a bit of extra sparkle? Then why not head to Oban, a charming seaside town on the country’s west coast, to experience the best of what the town has to offer during the much-anticipated annual Oban Winter Festival.




What’s it all about?

Held from 18 – 27 November, the Oban Winter Festival promises to serve up 10 days of markets, music, merriment and more, with plenty of festive events that are bound to get you in the mood for the most wonderful time of the year!

Experience a cultural smorgasbord

Add a dash of culture to your winter festival experience and see a visual spectacular of graceful performances at the Ballet West Winter Wonderland (Friday 18 November). For an evening of sophistication, get tickets for a classical concert featuring renowned violinist and conductor André Rieu (Saturday 19 November), or see stirring wartime drama played out on stage in Home Fires – Broken Sons by the theatre company Wee Three Crows (Sunday 19 November).

Delve into the area’s heritage at an evening of storytelling, dramatic visual displays and haunting pipe music at the Telling the Castle Story (Tuesday 22 November) at the striking ruin of Dunollie Castle. Feel like dancing? Take part in the Polski Fling – Polish Country Fayre (Friday 25 November) or ‘gie it laldy’ to the St Andrews Ceilidh (Saturday 26 November) for some traditional Scottish fun. In addition, there are workshops on Gaelic, the ancient language of the Scots, film screenings and more.

Bring your taste buds to life

Whisky is Scotland’s national drink and the perfect winter warmer. Join in with a whisky tasting evening (Friday 18 & Saturday 26 November) and sample rare and unusual whiskies from the area, or, if Mother’s Ruin is your tipple, enjoy the gin tasting evening (Friday 25 November), both held at Oban Whiskies and Fine Wines.

Sample the most delicious haggis in all the land (along with a dram of fine Oban Whisky) at the Haggis Festival (Sunday 27 November) and help crown the champion haggis maker at this contest, taking place the town’s distillery.

Have you ever tried clootie dumpling? This rich, fruity and delicious pudding is a true Scottish treat and the Oban Winter Festival is celebrating it with a Clootie Dumpling Competition, part of the Food & Craft Market (Sunday 20 November).

Buy hand-crafted stocking fillers

When it comes to finding exceptional gifts, look no further than the markets at the Oban Winter Festival. Pick up pieces made by local artists and crafters, as well as tasty delicacies and fine local ingredients. Festive shopping is only made easier with a glass of mulled wine, isn’t it?

Browse the stalls at Scottish Food and Craft Market (Saturday 19 November), held within the distillery cask room, Victorian Market (Saturday 19 November), Dunolllie Makes Christmas (Sunday 20 November), and the Room @ Christmas (Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 November). Look out for other market events and local stores holding special Christmas shopping evenings too.

Magical Family Fun


Get your wee ones in the Christmas spirit with some brilliant family events. Believe in the magic of Father Christmas at the Reindeer Parade through the town on (Saturday 19 November) which cumulates with the Christmas lights switch-on. Budding scientists can get hands on with fun workshops at the marine science event at the Ocean Explorer Centre (Saturday 19 November). Step into a Winter Wonderland (Saturday 26 November) at Ganavan Sands on where there will Christmas tree crafts and a chance to meet Old Saint Nick himself!

And that’s just for starters – there’s also campervan tours, festive funfairs, a Santa Dash, roller discos, haggis hurling, exhibitions, fashion shows and film screenings. In addition, Oban and the surrounding area offers a wealth of wonders, with miles upon miles of coastline, accessible islands, magical forests, and breathtaking countryside.

Getting to Oban

Oban is well connected to central Scotland by road and rail. There are regular bus and train services running from Glasgow, and travelling by car takes around 2 – 2.5 hours. What are you waiting for?!

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