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Press Release   •   Dec 08, 2017 12:09 GMT

Ice skating at Born in the Borders is one of the many activities on offer this Christmas in the Scottish Borders and Midlothian regions

FROM grass sledging to wreath making, woodland walks to Christmas fairs, people are being encouraged to use the Borders Railway to make the most of the festive period this year.

Home to a host of craftsmen, artists, visitor attractions and specialist food and drink businesses, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the Christmas season in the Scottish Borders and Midlothian this year.

It is now easier than ever before for people to travel the 31-miles from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank on the Borders Railway, which was opened in September 2015 by H M The Queen and has attracted more than 2.6million passengers to date.

And for those people looking for some entertainment this year, there are plenty of events, activities and treats to enjoy in the heart of the Scottish Borders and Midlothian, and just a short trip from the Borders Railway:

Free Festive Family Fair, Abbotsford, The Home of Sir Walter Scott, Sunday 10th December

Craft and food stalls, free entry to the house and gardens, as well as activities for children including face painting, storytelling, arts and crafts and birds of prey display.

11am to 3pm.

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Santa’s Harestanes Happening, Harestanes, near Jedburgh, every Thursday to Sunday until Christmas

Guided woodland walks with all the family, Santa’s grotto, shopping and festive treats on offer in the café.

For more information and to book, visit:

Born in the Borders, Lanton Mill, Jedburgh

Grass sledging, brewery tours, café and shop, there is also a new ice rink to experience a magical Borders Christmas, all in one place.

Open daily.

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National Mining Museum, Newtongrange

With Christmas Afternoon Teas, Santa’s Grotto, Wreath Making Workshops and Pantomime, there is lots to see and do at the 5 Star visitor attraction.

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Dalkeith Country Park

Enjoy some Christmas shopping, festive food and even pick out a Christmas tree at Restoration Yard and Dalkeith Country Park.

Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian

Festive Friday for children of all ages will take place on Friday 15th December with arts and crafts workshops.

For more information on this and other events, visit:

Christmas Shopping

The towns of Kelso and Melrose offer up great Christmas shopping experiences with their selection on independent retailers, including everything from arts and crafts to furniture and gifts. And for that something extra special – shop for cashmere in the Home of Cashmere, Hawick, just a short bus journey from Galashiels. For more information on all of these towns visit:

The award-winning craft beer producer Tempest Brewing Co in Tweedbank is operating extended opening times throughout December, offering the ideal opportunity to stock up on special edition festive gift packs.

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