St Andrew’s fair Christmas shopping event!

St Andrew’s Fair festive shopping event!

Every year Dornoch begin’s gearing up for Christmas in earnest at it’s annual Christmas Bazaar, the St Andrew’s fair. This year it will be held on Saturday 1st December 2018. All the shops and restaurants take part in this event and Dornoch has a real Christmas buzz. The Christmas lights go on for the first time, Santa is in his grotto and there are craft stalls to complement the local shops for those special Christmas gifts.

The Social Club on School Hill hosts the Christmas Bazaar from 10am – 4 pm with craft stalls full of Christmas gifts for all the family. Bacon rolls, home baking, tea, coffee and home made soup are available all day. Santa arrives at 1pm and is in his grotto until 3pm.

Throughout the town you can buy raffle tickets to have a chance of winning a Christmas Hamper (with goods donated by local businesses). Shops will have special offers and tastings, seasonal food and drink to get you in the festive spirit.

There is a Carol Service in the Cathedral at 3:30pm followed by mulled wine and mince pies. To contact the organisers click here

During the 2 days before the fair we will be having a festive shopping event where many shops and cafes will be getting in the festive spirit with offers and events. See below for some of the events which will be taking place around the town.


Grace Cafe

An exciting new event is taking place at Grace of Dornoch Cafe. Their Pop up suppers start on the 23rd November and will be running during our festive weekend starting next week (30th November & 1st December) Start planning your Christmas food with their great selection of Orkney sourced items including Westray cheeses, smoked salmon and olives as well as a large range of beremeal biscuits and caithness cakes and buns.

Simply the Best

Christmas music will be playing whilst you browse the competitively prices toys just itching to be bought for Christmas. Buy yourself a CD of Christmas music from around the world or make the most of some fantastic deals- 30% off scarves and 40% off jewellery.

Coast Candle

Coast Candle Co. will be welcoming you on the 1st December with some warming spicy, mulled wine, homemade tablet and chocolates. They have a great offer running where you will be gifted a Christmas scented wax melt with every purchase giving you 10% off any purchase on the day!

Cocoa Mountain

Cocoa Mountain will be running a number of chocolate bar making workshops in the run up to Christmas. They will also be offering product tastings and taking advance orders for fresh chocolates. Dates TBC

Dornoch Stores

Tasting events at Dornoch stores during December. Dates TBC

Aspen spa

Aspen Spa will be open throughout our Christmas shopping event. Why not book a treatment to help you unwind after a day of shopping?

Dornoch Castle Hotel

The Castle will be getting in the Christmas mood with Teas, Coffees, Hot Chocolate available all evening in the bar with the fire lit. There will be an Early Bar Supper menu available 5.30-7.00 and A La Carte Dining available 7-8.30. ‘The Vault’ set for Festive menu event and open to the public to view

Barnowl Bothy

Barn Owl Bothy has now more new and exciting giftware and art arriving daily and over the Christmas shopping event (and then onwards in the run up to Christmas)  there will be a Daily Special Offer.  None of the goods in this wonderful shop are mass produced, everything is lovingly created by hand by some very talented artisans.