Thousands flock to Drumlanrig Castle Christmas Fair

8th December, 2013

Thousands of adults and children flocked to the Stableyard of Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate this weekend (7 and 8 December) to enjoy one of the biggest festive events in the region.

Amongst the many highlights of the Christmas Fair was the twilight procession led by the Buccleuch & Queensberry Pipe Band, followed by Santa and local children, parading from the Stableyard to the Christmas tree at the doors of the Castle.

The lights of the tree were officially switched on by star pupil, Evie McKnight, 6, from Closeburn Primary School.

Evie was picked for the special role following her after winning the Christmas decoration competition organised by Drumlanrig, with pupils from local schools across the region taking part. The winning design – a tree-shaped bauble featuring tinsel and a knitted base – now has pride of place on the tree.

Visitors also had the chance to peruse goods from an array of festive traders, who were selling everything from handmade toys and decorative wreaths to eye-catching jewellery.

There was also an abundance of fine food available to try and buy, from quality meat products to sweet treats.

Santa Claus also made a special appearance, and hundreds of boys and girls visited him in his enchanting workshop to tell him their hopes and wishes for Christmas morning before he heads off to the North Pole to prepare for the big night.

Jo Jones, Events and Hospitality Manager for Drumlanrig Castle, said: “We were delighted with the number of people who came to Drumlanrig to join us for a fantastic festive weekend.

“Our mix of retailers meant there was something for everyone and with the exceptional atmosphere and the picturesque backdrop, we all certainly embraced the spirit of Christmas.

“We would like to congratulate Evie on her fantastic decoration and thank her for taking part in the light switch-on – she did a great job. All of the entries were fantastic and it was clear all the school pupils who took part made an incredible effort.

“We would like to thank all of our visitors for attending and wish them a very happy Christmas and New Year.”

To round off the festive proceedings at Drumlanrig, the impressive Dalgarno Singers performed at Drumlanrig’s annual ‘Carols in the Castle’ event on Sunday evening – which was highly acclaimed by all who attended.