Christmas days out with kids

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Scotland
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JG82JG82 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Scotland
Posted this on the Christmas board too but was hoping some of you could recommend good days out for Christmas in the Glasgow/Lanarkshire/Dunbartonshire area.
Any suggestions greatly appreciated; thanks. :)


  • We always had a great day out at Clyde Valley in Lanarkshire. Kids and adults loved it and the train ride into the forest was lovely, especially if it was snowing. Havent been for a couple of years now, but looking forward to taking DGS this time.
  • A bit east of there but the five sisters zoo near west calder is great. Kids will love it. It's not cheap but it's worth every penny and despite its small size you'll be there for a few hours.
  • Lynn11Lynn11 Forumite
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    As you head over to clyde valley there is a garden centre called gouldings at rosebank and its good for the younger kids. You go on a seated trailer attached to a tractor to see wee stalls made up including some real reindeer, then see santa and choose a present. Next you go into the big greenhouse and there are a few fairground rides they can go on as many times as they can - and the adults can get a mince pie & tea. The price is £7.50 for kids and £5 for adults I think. We are going this year and been a few times with DD but she is pre-school.

    There is also a winter wonderland at M&D's - not sure if good but DD is going there as a nursery trip.

    There is also the bo'ness rail trip which I hear is good but I believe its £10 per person and a ride on the steam train with santa but it maybe fully booked by now - its in livingston
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  • suzybloosuzybloo Forumite
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    I know its much further than the area you are looking for but on 11th December Santa is in Dunkeld with his reindeers. He leaves from a local hotel and makes his way over Dunkeld bridge into the main village, Kids can visit Santa and his reindeer are nearby for photos and children can pat them etc. No cost but great atmosphere - Dunkeld is such a lovely place.
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  • JG82JG82 Forumite
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    Thank you all so much for your replies. I had been thinking of the Clyde Valley or New Lanark Christmas experiences. Will have a look into all your suggestions, thanks again :A
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