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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 29 November, 2014

At the Glenisle Hotel and on the green opposite
Santa will be here
More Yes, Santa will be flying in from the North Pole. He always makes a great entrance and this year his parade will be even better than ever.
Special Guest Star: Doctor Diablo
More This year we have a unique guest star. We are sure that Arran will never have seen an act like this!
Christmas Tree Spectacular
More Lights, music and fireworks combine to celebrate the lighting of the mammoth Glenisle Christmas Tree.
After-Fireworks Party
More We'll be throwing big, a family-friendly party in the Glenisle marquee after the fireworks. Live music from our special guest band The Vests, food & drink. What could be better?
Sample MotoScotland
More Scotland's premier off road motorbike training centre will be here to let you sample what they have to offer. You just need to bring your valid motorcycle licence to have a test ride.
Special Christmas Food & Drink
We'll have our traditional barbecue in the Glenisle marquee along with lots of lovely Christmas goodies (and our notorious Glenisle mulled wine!). If you fancy a full meal the Glenisle Bistro will be open, too, serving our full menu.
Christmas Market
More The best of Arran will be on sale at our festive Christmas Market.

The Schedule of Events
  • 11:30am - The Event Starts
  • 12noon - Santa arrives with a Parade
    Santa will arrive by boat and then his parade will come from the Pier to the green in front of the marquees.
  • 12.15pm to 3pm - Come and meet Santa
    Santa will be ready to meet all the boys and girls and hear what they wante for Christmas.
  • 2pm - Doctor Diablo's Medicine Show
    at the performance area in the Glenisle marquee
  • 3pm - Live music from "Ain't Misbehavin' " (members of The Arran Singers)
    at the performance area in the Glenisle marquee
  • 4pm - Doctor Diablo's Medicine Show
    at the performance area in the Glenisle marquee
  • 5pm - The Heather Queen will light the Community Christmas Tree
    on Lamlash Green with live music from Arran Brass
  • 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 Glenisle marquee, featuring live music from The Vests.
Christmas Tree Spectacular

6pm - Free of Charge

Music, lights and fireworks join to produce a spectacular celebration of the lighting of the mammoth Glenisle Christmas tree. Here's is a video of last year's show to give you an idea of what it was like. 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.

The show will take place in the gardens of the Glenisle Hotel. It is open to all and is completely free of charge.

As a taster, here is a video of last year's tree lighting
Santa will be here

Free of Charge

Santa will be flying in from the North Pole especially to meet all the children and find out what they want for Christmas. He always makes a spectacular entrance and this year will be no exception!

To give you an idea of what to expect, here is a video of Santa arriving at last year's event
Doctor Diablo's Medicine Show

Free of Charge

Doctor Diablo performs 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

You may also be 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

Step this way, there's no turning back...

After-fireworks Party

from 6:30pm - Free Entry

After the fireworks we'll be throwing a big, family-friendly bash in the Glenisle marquee. The Glenisle BBQ will be serving food, there will be soft drinks as well as a licenced bar and the The Vests will be playing live. It's 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

All Day

The best of Arran will be on sale in the Christmas Market. Local craftsmen and women and a whole variety of Arran traders come from across the island to tempt you 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...
This video of last year's market will give you a real sense of the atmosphere...
Moto Scotland Off-Road Taster Experience

Free of Charge

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.

You will need a valid motorbike licence and will need to present both paper and plastic parts of the licence for Moto Scotland to copy for insurance purposes. Also, bring suitable clothing and a helmet understanding this is off road instruction and the clothing is likely to get wet and/or dirty (or may be damaged if instructions are not followed).

Time slots are available between 10am and 4pm and can be pre-booked by contacting MotoScotland at 01499 320460.

Arran Outdoor Centre Climbing Wall

Free of Charge

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 will be setting up their climbing wall on the green. Come along and have a go!

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