Santa's Sparkle 2013 - 30 November and 1 December
The Glenisle is proud to present the fifth year of Arran's fabulous Christmas Festival.

Saturday & Sunday 29 & 30 November

At the Glenisle Hotel and on the green opposite
Just to give you an idea of what to expect...
Just to give you an idea of what to expect...
Here are some videos of last year's event:
The Glenisle Christmas Tree Spectacular
Music, lights and fireworks joined to produce a spectacular celebration of the lighting of the mammoth Glenisle Christmas tree.

The light and music show was designed and conceived by the Glenisle Hotel. The firework show was designed and executed by Midnight Storm of Glasgow.

The show took place in the gardens of the Glenisle Hotel. It was open to all and was completely free of charge.

Santa's Arrival and Parade
Yes, Santa flew in from the North Pole. He always makes a great entrance and this year his parade was even better than ever.

He was joined by Mrs Claus and her friend the snowman, performers from the Charles Chipperfield's Circus and by the children of the wonderful Streetly Dancers.
Santa's Circus
Santa's Sparkle joined up with Chipperfield's Circus to bring the magic and glamour of the circus world to Lamlash Green. There were four performaces and each performance was followed by a workshop for anyone interested in learning more about circus skills.

Chipperfield's Circus

Chipperfield's Circus can be traced back to James Chipperfield who exhibited performing animals at the Thames Frost Fair of 1684. Through the 19th century, the circus toured the whole of England, with its growing menagerie and teams of acrobats and clowns. After World War II, under the management of Jimmy Chipperfield, it became one of the biggest circuses in Europe.
The After-Firework Party
After the fireworks we threw a family-friendly bash in the big top. Matt Johnson was playing and there was plenty of food available and drink. It was the perfect way to finish the day.
Loads of Fun & Games
There was a whole wonderful collection of fun and games all weekend. The three-legged race, egg & spoon race, dog scurry, the best Pass-the-Parcel ever, pin the nose on Rudolf and so much more. The beautiful Kirkend owl came for a visit and the delightful kids of the Streetly Dancers did a special dance to welcome Santa. You can see it all on this video...
A Great Weekend
It was such a wonderful weekend. Here's an overview of the fabulous Christmas Market and a flavour of the rest of the event...
Who Made it Happen

Santa's Sparke is a great, big, fun Christmas party but, of course, it takes a lot of work and so many people and organisations contributed their time and effort to make it a special event for the entire island.

Sponsored by...
Santa's Sparkle was sponsored by the Glenisle Hotel in association with Arran Events, Visit Arran and Santa Claus.

With Special Thanks to...
C.O.A.S.T., CalMac, Arran Riding for the Disabled, Scottish Fuels, North Ayrshire Council, Fulton Decorators, Neil Young Joinery, Lamlash Improvements, Arran Brass, The Drift Inn, Arran Graphics, Lamlash Primary School, Arran Farmers' Society, St Bride's Church Brodick, Ormidale Pavillion, Arran Drama Group, RNLI, Arran in Focus, The Co-op, Ocean Breeze RiB Tours, Russel & Elspeth Cheshire, Holy Isle Ferry, Sheila Gilmore, Stuart Turner, Friederike Lorenzen, Anne and Paul Smith, Sherie Walker, John Houston, Chris Atkins, David & Emma Ingham, Brenda Stewart, all the staff at the Glenisle Hotel and everyone who helped out by acting as stewards and ushers. The event wouldn't have been possible without them.

Just Look at Everything That Was Happening....
  • 12noon - The Event Starts
  • 1pm - 3-Legged Race
    On the green.
  • 2pm - Santa arrives with a Parade
    Santa arrived by boat and then his parade came from the Pier to the green in from of the Big Top.
  • 2.15pm to 4pm - The Kids Came to Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus
    He was in the Big Top, ready to meet all the boys and girls and hear what they wante for Christmas. Mrs. Claus was there too, to tell stories and sing songs.
  • from 2.15pm - Meet Santa's Reindeer
    They were on the green, near the Big Top.
  • 4pm - The Best "Pass the Parcel" Ever
    There was an adult’s parcel and a children’s parcel. Prizes included a new Kindle (adults), a fabulous Furby Boom (children) plus of loads of other terrific prizes. In the Big Top.
  • 5pm - Lighting the Lamlash Christmas Tree
    With music from Arran Brass - on Lamlash Green opposite the Co-op.
  • 5.30pm - Today’s Prize Winners Announced
    on Lamlash Green
    Name-the-Teddy Competition
    A "Clap-o-Meter" will chose the best name for the teddy from a short list prepared by the judges. The winner will get took home the beautiful, hand-made teddy.
    Riding for the Disabled Prize Draw
  • 6pm - Glenisle Christmas Tree Spectacular
    The lighting of the mammoth Glenisle Christmas tree was accompanied by music, lights and fireworks.
  • 6:15pm - After-fireworks Party
    In the Big Top, featuring music by Matt Johnston.
  • 11am - Start Time
  • 12 noon - Pin the Nose on Rudolf
    In the food and drink marquee.
  • 12.30pm - Santa's Circus
    In the Big Top. See the details below.
  • 1pm - Egg and Spoon Race
    In the Glenisle Garden
  • 1pm to 3pm - Pamper Yourself with taster sessions TLC Therapies
    In the Glenisle Hotel
  • 2pm - Santa's Circus
    In the Big Top. See the details below.
  • 2pm - Meet the Kirkend Owls
    You could meet these fabulous birds in the Glenisle Garden.
  • 3pm - Dog Scurry
    In the Glenisle Garden.
  • 3.30pm - Santa's Circus
    In the Big Top. See the details below.
  • 4pm - Apple Bobbing
    On the Glenisle Terrace.
  • 5pm - Santa's Circus
    In the Big Top. See the details below.
  • 5.30pm - Today’s Prize Winners Announced
    on Lamlash Green
    Guess the Weight of the Christmas Pudding
    Win the "Snowman" Christmas Cake

The Christmas Market
The very best of Arran crafts and produce was on sale under the marquees.
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