We went to Crathes Castle today for a walk in the snow. The kids got out of bed very late so we didn’t get there until the early afternoon but this worked in our favour because unbeknown to us the castle was putting on a festive light show with Santa’s grotto, rides, a craft market, and food.
It didn’t start until 4pm because you need the dark to get the most out of the light show but because we arrived late we didn’t have to wait long. The event runs until the 24th December and is absolutely terrific. You can purchase tickets on their website at Christmas at the Castle.
Here are some photos from our walk earlier in the day while the sun was still out. I got my jumping shot in front of the castle.
I got the usual grumpy shot of Ben and tried fiddling with the exposure on my camera to get this very white image. I quite like it.
We saw some beautiful highland cows. They looked hungry. One of them came right up to us and seemed disappointed that we didn’t have anything to give it. I’ve not seen a black highland cow before.
Does anyone know what type of sheep these are? They look like Bluefaced Leicester to me but I’m not 100% sure. Bluefaced Leicester wool is the softest of all the British breeds. They looked very warm in their thick woolly coats.
The kids made a snowman.
After snowman building the sun disappeared and the Christmas magic began. It was spectacular, helped no doubt by the snow but also just having it set in a beautiful walled garden in front of a 16th-century castle made it an experience to remember. How lucky are we to have this on our doorstep! What wonderful memories.
The Grinch was there looking grumpy.
That’s Crathes Castle in the distance all lit up in pink.
Here’s the castle again all lit up in pink. This was taken from within the walled garden.
There are also some rides but these are mostly for smaller children. However Elizabeth did have a go on the trampoline and she enjoyed it.
I definitely recommend Christmas at the castle if you’re looking for something family-friendly and festive. Book your tickets online.