December is a busy month with parties taking place and preparations for Christmas in full swing. St Andrews is no exception. The lights are already switched on and the town is buzzing with activity in the countdown to Christmas. Our high quality independent shops offer the perfect opportunity to peruse for gifts and when you need to take a break, our many cafés and restaurants will welcome you in to warm yourselves and sample some delicious festive goodies.
As well as being a hub for golfers, shoppers and foodies, did you know that St Andrews also boasts a flourishing culture and arts scene? Festival Indiginart is a great opportunity for you to pop down to the Byre Theatre to find out for yourselves. The Indigenous Collective Memories exposition and sale is a fantastic opportunity to check out some unusual artisanal prints created by Mexican artists. The festival showcases art that captures the difficulties faced by indigenous people in maintaining their culture and defending their human rights. Come along on Saturday 9th December to enjoy some beautiful prints and show your support for the indigenous movement.
Masquerade Party Nights
Everyone loves an excuse to get dressed up at Christmas and what better opportunity than a masquerade party? After you have completed your glamorous transformation, head along to the AA 5* Old Course Hotel which borders the famous 17th Road Hole of the Old Course. You will be greeted with a glass of bubbles to sip before being served a three course meal prepared by award winning chefs. It’s then time to sit back and enjoy an evening of sommelier selected wine and entertainment. Tickets are available for the 8th, 16th and 22nd December.
The Balgrove Larder is a highly revered modern farmshop located on the Strathtyrum Estate. As part of their monthly programme of night markets, they will be holding a special Christmas market on the evening of December 12th from 4pm – 8pm. Offering a range of hot food goodies, including BBQ and street food, this celebration of local food and live music is a not to missed date for the diary.
The Balgrove Larder are also offering a Wreath making workshop on the 9th December. Explore your creative side and weave together beautiful materials to make a wreath to take home whilst sipping mulled wine and munching on a mince pie. What could be more Christmassy?
On December 14th at 10pm, the Byre Theatre have a special Christmas showing of the old fashioned 1951 film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Scrooge. A surefire way to give you the warm and fuzzy Christmas feeling. Arrive a little early at 10pm to enjoy complimentary tea, coffee and cream scones before the showing, for an extra touch of decadence. Sit back, relax and welcome the festive spirit.
If you’re looking for a warm welcome, a host of things to do and a festive spirit like no other, St Andrews could be the perfect host for December fun. We would be delighted to host you and your party at the St Andrews Coach Houses, see more here https://www.standrewscoachhouses.co.uk/