Events to enjoy in St Andrews before the close of the year

It’s crazy to think that 2016 is almost coming to a close – another year gone! But, don’t let the final months pass you by, as there are plenty of great events going on in St Andrews throughout November and December. Of course, there are a whole host of festive events, but there are plenty of other activities and occasions to enjoy too. With this in mind, we’ve picked out some of the best events to keep you entertained and busy in the coming weeks.

Meet the expert: St Andrews Photography Collection

No matter whether you are a lover of photography, or you simply want to delve into the culture and history of Scotland, this is bound to be an interesting event. Taking place on Thursday 24th November, Rachel Nordstrom will be giving a free talk about the evolution of document photography in Scotland. Rachel is the Curator of Scotland Through the Lens, and she will take guests on a journey through the tradition of this photography, and how it ended up in University Library collections today. Although this event is free, booking is required, so act quickly. See more here.

Horticulture for Christmas

Start December off the right way with the Horticulture for Christmas event, which is hosted by Kristy Wilson, and takes place on Thursday 1st December. This is a garden walk with a different theme taking place every month. Needless to say, December’s event has a festive theme, and there is no better way to get in the mood for Christmas. Nevertheless, if you can’t wait until then, James Hearsum will be hosting the November event, and the theme is ‘Collection Management: “the River of Diversity”’. This takes place on the 3rd of November.

Christmas Crafts

There is something to keep the kids busy on Thursday 8th December, as Bell Pettigrew Museum is hosting a Christmas Crafts session between 2.30 and 4.30 pm. Children will have the opportunity to make animal-themed decorations, crafts, and gift tags. Of course, they will take inspiration from the different Christmas creatures in the museum. Pettigrew Museum is not the only venue hosting such an event throughout the month of December. MUSA will be hosting ‘Out of the Box: Angels’ on Sunday 11th between 1 and 3pm. Kids can create their own angel to sit on top of the Christmas tree.

The Night Market: Christmas Market

Of course, this article would not be complete without mentioning the Christmas Night Market, which takes place on Wednesday 14th December between 5 and 9 pm. This event will really make you feel like Santa is on his way! You will be able to enjoy a delicious array of food from a wood-fired BBQ, and there is a great assortment of drinks on offer, including locally made gin. While your kids tell Santa what they want for Christmas, you will be able to enjoy the shops and gits, from Scottish woven scarves to hand poured scented candles.

Whichever event (or events!) you choose to attend, you’re sure to learn something new this winter in St Andrews, and you never know – it may spark an interesting hobby you can take well into the new year and beyond.

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