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Santa's Sparkle 2015
The Glenisle is proud to present the sixth year of Arran's fabulous Christmas Festival.

Saturday 28 November, 2015

At the Glenisle Hotel and on the green opposite

Plans are still be settled and we will post details here when we have them. In the meantime, just to give you an idea of what to expect, here are some videos of previous years.
Videos of Previous Years

Here is the Christmas Tree show from 2014.
Santa's Parade, Dr Diablo, Christmas Market, The Vests
Christmas Tree Spectacular

Music, lights and fireworks joined together to produce a spectacular celebration of the lighting of the mammoth Glenisle Christmas tree. The light and music show is designed and conceived by the Glenisle Hotel. The firework show is designed and executed by Midnight Storm of Glasgow.

Santa was here

Santa flew in from the North Pole especially to meet all the children and find out what they want for Christmas. He made a spectacular entrance atop of the Arran Mogabout at the end of a fabulous parade featuring the Arran Pipe Band, the volunteer fire department, MotoScotland and Dr Diablo!

Doctor Diablo's Medicine Show

Doctor Diablo performed dangerous and death defying skills from the forbidden world of the circus sideshow!

Amazing Feats

Ancient arts including fire manipulation, escapology, the pain proof man, and more, are given a modern twist with more than a hint of comedy and audience participation.

Strange But True

Many visitors were lucky enough to be given a peek into Doctor Diablo's 'Strange But True' travelling museum of freaks and oddities, featuring weird exhibits such as a six legged lamb, shrunken Human head and implements of torture and execution!

See even more on Doctor Diablo's Facebook page

After-fireworks Party

After the fireworks we threw a big, family-friendly bash in the Glenisle marquee. The Glenisle BBQ was serving food, there were soft drinks as well as a licenced bar and the The Vests were playing live. It was the perfect, fun way to end the day.

Featuring live music from The Vests

Imagine a mix of Roxy Music, Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and Bowie mixed in with Cameo and Counting Crows and you’re on your way to rocking out with ... The Vests !!

The Vests are regulars on the live scene -- in Glassford anyway at the local pub -- have played as part of the Race For Life relay event in East Kilbride and are now appearing overseas.

The Christmas Market

The best of Arran was on sale in the Christmas Market. Local craftsmen and women and a whole variety of Arran traders came from across the island to tempt visitors with treasures that you just can't find on the mainland.

  • Isle of Arran Distillery - selling the island's own, award-winning whiskies
  • Island Cheese - local Arran cheeses & biscuits
  • Kirkend Nursery - home-made jams from their own fruit plus a range of candies and sweets
  • Artwork by Angela Elliot Walker - Arran Art Prints
  • The Boat House - Toys & Christmas Gifts
  • With Love from Arran - Herbal Gifts
  • Arran Reflections / Heather Hill Frames - Scented Candles
  • Hazel Currie - Arran T-Shirts, Bags, Aprons
  • Two Beaders Beading - Jewelry & Beadwork
  • Floating Islands - Christmas Cakes & Festive Baked Treats
  • Lucie Kerr, Arran Florist - Christmas Flower Displays, decorations, wreaths & jewellery
  • E Coral Smith - Handmade jewellery, hand-decorated silk scraves, printed wall art, pictures frames and more...
  • Stella & Dot - Jewellery & Accessories
  • Zoku of Arran - Antique Glass and Gemstone Jewellery made by Zoku on Arran, and more...

Moto Scotland Off-Road Taster Experience

MotoScotland is Scotland's premier off road motorbike training centre. They offer a range of off road training courses with low customer to instructor ratios where the focus is completely centred around the customer experience.

They were at Santa's Sparkle of offer a range of off-road taster experiences. With instruction on the differences between on-raod and off-road motorcycling, they took their guests on a great trip on the Forrestry Commission trails around Lamlash.

You can find out more about MotoScotland on their website at www.motoscotland.com or by ringing them on 01499 320460.

Arran Outdoor Centre Climbing Wall

Climbing on artificial climbing walls has become very popular in recent years. This is because it's an easy way to be introduced to the sport as it provides the opportunity to practice the basic techniques in a comfortable environment. These walls also offer the opportunity for the novice to learn how to belay a climbing companion. It encourages the novice climber to improve technique without the risk of a serious fall.

The Arran Outdoor Centre set up their climbing wall on the green and lots of visitors had a go.

You can find out more about the Arran Outdoor Centre and all the wonderful facilities they offer by visiting their website at www.arranoutdoor.com.

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