Until December 3 First Darkness, Then Light, Duff House, Banff – exhibition by Scottish artist Georgia Rose Murray which explores the mystical reality of northern landscapes. Her fascination for light and darkness have led her to Iceland during a period of polar night and to Svalbard to witness the midnight sun. Exhibition included in admission price. Call 01261 818 181 or visit www.historicenvironment.scot
November 8-19 Colours of Cluny Light Extravaganza, Forres – Cluny Hill and Nelson's Tower are a blaze of colour in a magical sound and light show brought to you by a number of the team members who have worked on the hugely successful Enchanted Forest event near Pitlochry. Tickets and details from www.coloursofcluny.com
November 11 Make your own Bird House Feeder, Naturally Useful, Marcassie Farm, Rafford, Forres, 9.30am-4.30pm – make your own willow bird feeder using traditional basket-making techniques and materials for the ideal gift. Ticket £60. Book at www.naturallyuseful.co.uk
November 11-12 Model Fair, Elgin Town Hall, from 10am – annual show for model enthusiasts with displays including Thomas the tank engine and other railways, planes, boats, slot cars, war gaming, dolls' houses, Meccano, model engineering, military modelling and more. The perfect way to distract the kids while you do some Christmas shopping. Adult £5, child £3, family £12, concession £4, two-day ticket £7.50. www.elginmodelrailwayclub.co.uk November 13-December 23 Christmas Pop-up shop, Tolbooth, Forres, 9.30am-4.30pm – Forres Crafters showcase local artisan talent. Open every day except Wednesday and Sunday. Find Forres Crafters on Facebook.
November 16 Christmas Market, Hopeman Primary School, 6-8pm – more than 30 stalls including handcrafted gifts, clothing, accessories, toys, sweets and cards. Santa's grotto, silent auction and raffle. Music by In Harmony choir. Entry adult £2.50, child £1 (includes refreshments). Find on Facebook.
November 18 Elgin Farmers' Market, Plainstones, High Street, Elgin, 10am-4pm. www.embraceelgin.co.uk
November 18 Buckie Christmas Kracker, Cluny Square, Buckie, from 9am – a fun-filled family day with Santa in his grotto and winter wonderland, craft and trade stalls, truck show, funfair, inflatables, food court, a parade from 1pm, live bands and demonstrations. Breakfast with the Toy Story team in the Fisherman's Hall from 9-9.45am and 9.45-10.30am. Booking essential. At 3pm the Little Mix tribute act Little Fix will perform live on the main stage, and will go on to the after party in Kiss Nightclub. Mikey North who plays Gary Windass in Coronation Street will help lead the parade, give a meet and greet and will switch on Buckie's Christmas lights at 5pm.
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November 18 Fairtrade Christmas Sale, Aberlour Parish Church, 10am to noon – www.aboutaberlour.co.uk
November 18-19Winter Market, Mackenzie & Cruickshank Garden Centre, Forres – the sensational new glass market is to be turned into a winter wonderland to showcase local food, drink and craft producers. Open Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. www.mackenzie-cruickshank.com
November 18-19 Meet Santa, Decora, Lossiebank Mills, Elgin – visit Santa in his grotto at Decora's Magical Christmas Emporium. The grotto is open on Saturdays 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4.30pm until Christmas. Tickets are £7.50 per child and include a gift bag. Booking reserves you a place during your allocated time slot. Call 01343 542218 or book online at www.diydecora.com
November 19 Elf Christmas Market, Deskford Garden Galleries, Deskford, 10.30am-3.30pm – annual craft market with stallholders from all over the north-east. Enter a magical elf-themed world with a wide range of beautiful stalls and delicious seasonal fare. The Willows Tearoom will launch its Winter Warmer Menu including special children's choices from Santa's lunch box, Mrs Santa's Cream Tea and elfish snacks. Whichever list you're on, naughty or nice, even cotton-headed ninny muggins are welcome• Find Deskford Garden Galleries on Facebook.
November 19 Christmas Shopping Afternoon, New Elgin Hall, Elgin, 2-5pm – craft fair hosted by Moray Juniors Ice Hockey Club with everything from jewellery to jam, scarves and watches to books and handmade crafts. Free entry. Find on Facebook
November 22 Christmas Market, Tomintoul Primary School, 6.30-8.30pm – shop local and support the school. Unique gifts, festive decorations and home bakes. All welcome. Free entry. Call 01807 580301 or find on Facebook.
November 23 'Twas the Night Before Christmas floral demonstration, Elgin Town Hall, from 7.30pm – floral demo by Ros Harrison from Dalton-in-Furness with sales table, raffle and refreshments. Tickets £8 available from Room to Bloom, South Street, Elgin, call 01343 541328 or visit www.elginflowerclub.com
November 23 Aberlour Christmas Lights Switch-on, from 6.30pm – with festive entertainment in the square and late-night shopping. www.aboutaberlour.co.uk
November 24 Ready, Steady Christmas, Mosset Tavern, Forres, from 7pm – craft stalls, demonstrations, raffle and refreshments to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Tickets £5 from Mosset Tavern and Village Greenery in Forres. Find on Facebook.
November 24-26Exclusively Highlands Christmas Fair, Brodie Castle, near Forres, 10am-4pm – with stalls situated throughout two floors of the castle and over the stables, Brodie is transformed for this beautiful Christmas event. Find beautiful crafts, wonderful foods and stunning art. Entry £4 includes mince pies and mulled wine. www.exclusivelyhighlands.co.uk
November 24 Fundraising Dance, Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, from 7pm – help Banff and Macduff Christmas Lights add some sparkle at this fundraising dance. For tickets email: [email protected] or call 07927 347072
November 25 Elgin Christmas Lights Switch-on, Plainstones, High Street, Elgin, 11am-5.30pm – full day of free family fun, live music and entertainment. Santa will arrive with his real reindeer in a special parade with a chance to meet him afterwards. Check local press for details or find Elgin Bid on Facebook.
November 25 Christmas Lights Switch-on, High Street, Forres – parade to the Tolbooth from 4.30pm led by Forres Pipe Band and Santa, then music from the Culbin Singers and Elgin City Band with lights switched on at 5pm.
November 25 Christmas Fair, Archiestown Hall, Archiestown, 4-6pm – in aid of Knockando Primary School. www.aboutaberlour.co.uk
November 25 Keith Christmas Extravaganza, Longmore Hall, Keith, 2-4pm – lots of local stalls, a visit from Santa, teas and treats. A lovely afternoon for all. www.inkeith.com
November 25 Macduff Farmers'Market, The Fishmarket, Macduff, 9am-12.30pm – find Macduff Market on Facebook.
November 25 Christmas Fete, Macduff Primary School, Macduff 1-4pm – includes Santa's grotto, craft stalls, tombola, bottle stall, homebakes and a raffle. Find on Facebook.
November 25 Findochty Christmas Lights Switch-on, Findochty Town Hall, 2.30-5pm – festive stalls, school choir, teas and coffees, bouncy slide, Ally's chip van, and more. Find on Facebook.
November 25 Miltonduff pre-school group's Christmas Fayre, Miltonduff Hall, Elgin, 10-11.30am – variety of stalls, raffles and children's crafts. Admission £2.50 adults, children free, includes mince pies and tea/coffee/juice. Children can visit Santa in his grotto for a gift and a photo, cost £6 per child with a discount for siblings. Find on Facebook.
November 25-26Exclusively Highlands Christmas Fair, Castle Fraser, Inverurie, 10am-4pm – complete with roaring fires, Castle Fraser is the ideal treat for Christmas shoppers. Enjoy browsing around stalls set up throughout the entire castle, offering unique crafts and foods handcrafted from all corners of Scotland. Entry £4, children free. exclusivelyhighlands.co.uk
November 25-26 Meet Santa, Decora, Lossiebank Mills, Elgin – visit Santa in his grotto at Decora's Magical Christmas Emporium. The grotto is open on Saturdays 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4.30pm until Christmas. Tickets are £7.50 per child and include a gift bag. Booking reserves you a place during your allocated time slot. Call 01343 542218 or book online at www.diydecora.com
November 25-26 A Victorian Christmas, Delgatie Castle, near Turriff, 10am-4pm –enjoy an authentic atmosphere in the decorated castle with staff dressed in Victorian costume. Craft stalls are set up throughout the castle as you explore and meet Santa, who will have a present for every child. Afterwards visit the award-winning Laird's Kitchen to enjoy delicious food and home baking. Entry £5. Call 01888 563479 or visit www.delgatiecastle.com
November 26 Santa arrives at Baxters Highland Village, Fochabers, from noon – Santa arrives to open his grotto. Find Baxters Highland Village on Facebook or call 01342 820666.
November 26 Dufftown Santa Run, Dufftown, from 9.30am – annual 2K or 5K fun run in Santa suits. Runners of all ages and abilities welcome. Entry before and on the day, £5 for 5K and £2.50 for 2K. Registration at the British Legion from 9.30-10.30am. Both races start at 11am. For details email [email protected] or call 07815 858871.
November 28 to December 2 Sleeping Beauty, The Stewarts Hall, Huntly – Aurora Productions presents this fairytale pantomime. Nightly 7.30pm, Friday 5pm and 8pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets stalls £12, balcony £14 from www.auroramusic.co.uk/box-office or call 01466 780889
November 30 Charity Festive Feast and Shopping Night, Mackenzie & Cruickshank, Forres, 6-9pm – enjoy a two-course Christmas meal in the coffee shop for just £15. Whilst you dine, be wowed by the magical skills of Mr Clive Magician then enjoy a shopping experience in the winter wonderland. There will be live music and the garden centre is supporting MFR Cash For Kids Mission Christmas appeal. Minimum four per booking for Christmas feast. Booking is essential either in store or call 01309 696940. www.mackenzie-cruickshank.com
November 30 United Keith Christmas Shopping Evening, Keith, 6-8pm – late-night shopping event with special offers. Children have the chance to meet Santa in the pop-up shop on Mid Street, where there will also be face painting and balloon art. Raffle tickets available now with a top prize of £100 to spend in participating shops in Keith. It will be drawn on the night in the pop-up shop. There will also be a craft fair in the North Kirk Hall. www.inkeith.com
November 30 Cullen Christmas Lights Switch-on, The Square, Cullen – there's a craft fair in the town hall from 6-8pm. Town lights will be switched on at 7pm, followed by festive entertainment in the hall from the local Brownies and Guides. Then at 7.30pm walk down Seafield Street to see the lights on the viaduct come on. This year the viaduct lights have been doubled for a truly stunning display.
For December events look out for the second edition of the Moray Christmas supplement in your local paper from November 27. To ensure your festive event is included please email [email protected]
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