Starry Nights at Dean Castle 

The magical illuminated Christmas event that brought a sprinkling of stardust to Dean Castle is back this year!

Starry Nights, the enchanting experience for all the family, returns to the Kilmarnock castle and country park, bringing the Spirit of Christmas and a whole wonderland of excitement from festive light and sound installations to carols and cocktails.

This December promises a truly unforgettable spectacular and a feast for all the senses as Starry Nights invites you to embark on a thrilling trip through an immersive lighting trail with lasers filling the skies with the colours of Christmas. There’s so much to see and do for children and adults alike with Singing Trees, a fairy den, Marshmallow Land, Candy Cane Lane, the Snowball Blizzard and even the mischievous Grinch. Starry Nights is also host to Scotland’s longest star-shaped tunnel, a magical immersive experience that transports you into a land of sensory wonder.

After being dazzled by the trail, the adults can enjoy Carols and Cocktails while the youngsters have hot chocolate. All the fun of the fair also awaits with a range of rides suitable for everyone – everything from a large ferris wheel and family carousel to spinning teacups for the little ones or the twister for those who like to be shaken and stirred. Then put on your dancing shoes and bop the night away to Christmas favourites at the Elf Disco.
Throughout the evening grab a bite to eat and indulge in a whole range of mouthwatering festive offerings at the food and drink village, including a Bavarian Beer Tent. Everything from flame-fired pizzas, venison and beef burgers to sweet treats from churros to crepes, waffles and toasted marshmallows. Or how about chestnuts roasting on an open fire? It doesn’t get more Christmassy than that.

But the one thing not to be missed is a visit to Santa’s Grotto. He might be busy but he’s always got time to meet the kiddies. Pop in to check on Santa and his Elves as they prepare for the big day. Help the Elves make up a package of special reindeer food – essential for sprinkling on your doorstep on Christmas Eve – and of course there’s always a special gift from Santa for every child.
Dean Castle is so full of festive cheer there can’t be a better way to start the holiday season.