The festive season is in full swing in Renfrewshire and there’s lots of fun-filled events for all the family to enjoy in the area over the Christmas holidays.
There’s everything from pantomimes, winter festivals and a range of fantastic festive events to top sport and music nights.
Plus, if your New Year’s resolution is to discover new places or be more active, then we’ve got great outdoor adventures with walking and cycle routes in beautiful scenery.
There’s plenty to suit everyone, come rain, sun or even snow! So, plan some top days out during the Christmas holidays with our handy guide.
Paisley Arts Centre – Now until Tuesday 31 December
A pantomime is one of the best things about Christmas (oh yes, it is!). PACE Youth Theatre’s annual panto returns to Paisley Arts Centre this festive season – and this year’s show is The Snow Queen. Enjoy a cast of hilarious characters, fantastic original music and a lively chorus of young actors. This is a fantastic family night out that you definitely won’t want to miss. Check the full list of dates and ticket availability by clicking the link below.
Paisley First WinterFest
Paisley Town Centre – Now until Monday 30 December
Paisley First’s WinterFest is in full swing once again this festive season. Take a ride on the colourful Big Wheel, which is lighting up Paisley’s skyline once again, and skate around on the outdoor ice rink. New for this year is BRICKLIVE Christmas – a very special Santa and his reindeers built using more than 500,000 LEGO Bricks – and the Paisley Penguin Parade Trail around the town centre. Follow the trail, name all the penguins and spot the Christmas Rockhopper King Penguin to claim a festive prize! Speaking of prizes, you can also take part in the Christmas Golden Ticket Competition. Find out more about Paisley First’s WinterFest and the competition by clicking the link below.
Lochbarr Services, Lochwinnoch – Sunday 22 December – 1pm
Fresh off the back of thrilling workshops at Paisley’s The Spree festival, BRICKS 4 KIDZ come to Lochwinnoch to make all your LEGO dreams come true this Christmas. Suitable for ages 5 – 11, kids will have a Brick-tacular time building models of Santa and his helpers direct from the North Pole. Tickets for the three-hour workshop can be purchased from the link below.
Glasgow Clan festive fixtures
Braehead Arena – December 22, 28 & 31 and January 5
There’s plenty of chances to be a part of the Purple Army this festive period as Glasgow Clan host a number of Elite League ice hockey fixtures at Braehead Arena. First up on the ice is Sheffield Steelers on Sunday 22 December, before Belfast Giants come to town on Saturday 28. The final game of the year sees Clan face off against fierce rivals Fife Flyers on Tuesday 31 December before bringing in 2020 at home to their Sheffield counterparts once again on January 5. Check for ticket availability by clicking the link below:
Santa and the Snow
Snow Factor at Soar – Now until Tuesday 24 December
Santa and snow; what more could you ask for at Christmas? Sing along on the Polar Express Snow Train as you travel to Santa’s Workshop. Then, enjoy a host of fun activities with the elves in Santa’s Workshop – and even make a special Christmas decoration to take home and hang on the tree. Head into Santa’s Story Room where Father Christmas will come down the chimney and read a very special story to the group by the fire place. Once your little one has received a gift from Santa, one of his trusty elves will take you all to the new 250msq real snow play area with fantastic ice slides. Book now at the link below:
Boxing Day Football
Simple Digital Arena – Thursday 26 December
Football fans love a bit of festive football – and this Boxing Day sees St Mirren welcome Celtic to the Simple Digital Arena for Scottish Premiership action. The Buddies will be looking to upset the champions on home turf and three points would be the perfect Christmas present for Jim Goodwin’s men. Why not go along and show your support? Check the link below for ticket availability.
Festive Tea Dance
Johnstone Town Hall – Saturday 28 December – 1pm
Dance yourself silly this season with the fantastic tea dance at the beautiful Johnstone Town Hall on Sunday 28 December. Enjoy a full afternoon of dancing, music and chatting with friends as musician John Findlay keeps you entertained with a series of timeless tunes on the keyboard. Book your place now by clicking the link below.
Johnstone Town Hall – Saturday 28 December – 7:30pm
After the Festive Tea Dance in the afternoon, Johnstone Town Hall will host a traditional evening of Scottish music and ceilidh dancing. Get practicing your Canadian Barn Dance and your Gay Gordons, grab a partner and enjoy a night of brilliant fun for everyone to enjoy. This is expected to be a very popular event so early booking is recommended!
If your New Year’s resolution is to discover new places or be more active, then look no further than Renfrewshire! Grab your walking boots and explore the stunning scenery and buildings in the area. You can enjoy everything from exploring Scotland’s largest regional park and wildlife spotting in a stunning nature reserve to visiting landmarks on a town trail. Just make sure to keep an eye on the weather and wrap up warm if you’re heading out on a winter walk – we’ve picked a few of our favourites for you at the link below.
If you prefer a bit of cycling, then you can enjoy two excellent National Cycle Network Routes through beautiful terrain, filled with history, scenery and wildlife. Both the National Cycle Network Routes 7 and 75 pass through Renfrewshire, merging as they leave Glasgow to the southwest through Pollock Park and Paisley. Take a closer look at both routes and what you’ll be able to see on each by clicking the links below.