Winter in Wigtown

Be Inspired. Be Entertained. Be Supportive.

19 November 2020

There is so much happening in and from Wigtown this winter. Keep checking this page to find out what's on and how you can help Wigtown to flourish this festive season.

A toy train runs around a track on a table surrounded by books in the Festival Book Shop.

Late Night Shopping - Vouch for Wigtown
11 December and 18 December
until 6.30pm

Wigtown's businesses are staying open late on Friday 11 and Friday 18 December. Wrap up warm and browse for those special gifts. By shopping in town this Christmas, you can support your local businesses. Wigtown offers everything from delicious food and drinks to handmade crafts, original and commissioned artwork, jewellery, toys, cosmetics, new and secondhand books, antiques, quirky gifts, experiences and more. If you're not sure what to buy - purchase a voucher and let your loved ones choose for themselves. Many shops have their own gift vouchers or you can purchase a Vouch for Wigtown, redeemable with more than 20 of town's businesses. Buy HERE.

Landscape Snowman Competition

Snowman Competition
1-24 December

Do you want to build a snowman?
Come on let us create,
We want to see what you can make, get out your tape, we know it will be great...


  • Get your craft box out and make a snowman - big or small, for indoors or outdoors.
  • Take a picture and post to 1st Wigtown Guides Facebook page.
  • The snowman with the most likes by 24 December wins!

Organised by 1st Wigtown Guides

Spot The Sprout

Spot the Sprout!
1-18 December

Look out for the sprout as booksellers, traders and homeowners are taking part in a fun competition for families. Shops and homes around the main square will be hiding the wee green vegetable in their window displays for children to find. To keep things safe with the current Covid-19 regulations families are asked to create their own list, writing down the 20 hiding places and hand the list, complete with name and address, to Foggie Toddle Books in North Main Street. Entries will put into a prize draw to win a fabulous book bundle provided by Foggie Toddle and Number 11. Enter by 18 Dec. Sprouts will be at the ready from 1 Dec.

Winter Wishes Web Graphic

Wigtown's Winter Wishes
1-31 December 2020

Place a decoration or tag on the railings around Wigtown Square with your Christmas wishes for family, friends and your community. You might start your tag with... I wish...

If you don't have one, buy a tag from participating shops for a £1 donation. All decorations and tags will be safely removed on 4 January 2021.

Donations to Wigtown Christmas Lights Fund.

Tags available from (list continually updated): Number 11

Two Christmas themed books upon a table with crafted paper trees.

The 12 Days of Old Bank Festive Reads
27 Nov, 30 Nov, 4 Dec, 7 Dec, 11 Dec, 14 Dec, 15 Dec,
16 Dec, 17 Dec, 18 Dec, 21 Dec and 24 Dec.

Join The Old Bank Bookshop in Wigtown where they will be posting gift ideas for book lovers this Christmas on Facebook and Twitter at 12 noon on the dates above.

Graphic logo for Cancer research UK Wreath Competition.

Wreath Competition for Cancer Research UK
Displayed from 14 December

Businesses, community groups and individuals are invited to make their own unique wreath to hang on a door or in a window in town, in place of the normal Christmas Tree Competition for Cancer Research UK Relay For Life.

Enter your wreath HERE by 12 December.

Voting begins 14 December and votes can be placed HERE.

You are welcome to donate online HERE as we cannot have collecting tins for your £1 votes this year.

Organised by Cancer Research UK Relay For Life D&G

Graphic Promotional poster for Briars Engravers Christmas promotion day.

Briars Engravers Christmas Promotion Day
14 December

Visit the team at Briars Engravers, 12 North Main Street, for their Christmas Promotion Day. This will include special offers, a free prize draw, 10% of all gifts throughout the day and also 25% off gifts for 25 minutes (time will be announced at 9am on Monday 14 December via their Facebook page and a sign outside the shop).

Organised by Briars Engravers

Graphic poster promoting Wigtown Community Christmas Carols on your doorstep. Two adults and two children holding song sheets and singing.

Christmas Carols on your Doorstep
18 December, 6.30pm

Join the community to sing Christmas Carols from your own doorstep. Recorded by Angus Dick at Wigtown Parish Church, the nine carols will premiere on YouTube at 6.30pm. You can hit play and sing along, or sing along without the music. A sound system will play the music from Wigtown Square and we hope it will carry across the town.

Carol sheets will be distributed door to door week beginning 14 December.

The YouTube link will be added here and on the Facebook event as soon as it is ready.

A child holding an orange adorned with sweets and a candle for Christingle.

18, 20 and 24 December

Christingles (from Christkindl, meaning 'Christ- Child') are made to celebrate Jesus Christ as the Light of the World.

Christingle Kits will be distributed from 18 December via school or may be collected from the Manse anytime until 24 December. You can make your own at home or join in the Zoom Christingle Service at 6pm HERE on 20 December. Light your Christingle and put it in your window at 6pm on Christmas Eve.

Organised by Wigtown Messy Church

Headshot of Renita Boyle wearing a green jacket and red hat.

Christmas Tales and Tunes from Renita Boyle
Available now with regular additions throughout December

If you love Christmas stories and songs, you'll love Renita Boyle's Christmas Tales and Tunes channel on SoundCloud with something for the whole family to enjoy. With new stories and songs being added throughout December, make sure to keep checking back. Listen here.

A person wearing a tartan scarf is holding a cup of mulled wine. Their fingernails are painted dark crimson.

Mulled Wine and Shortbread
21 December, 10.30am-3.30pm

Enjoy the scents and flavours of the festive season by popping into Wigtown Community Shop between 10.30am-3.30pm on 21 December for complementary mulled wine and shortbread. In line with COVID guidance, mulled wine will be served in paper cups and shortbread will be individually wrapped.

Organised by Wigtown Community Shop

Promotional poster for the Christmas screening of Rapunzel, A Hairy Tale Adventure at the Driftwood Cinema.

Rapunzel, A Hairy Tale Adventure
Church Hall, Lochancroft Lane
Mon 28 Dec, 7pm; Tue 29 Dec 2pm & 7pm; Wed 30 Dec 2pm & 7pm

Driftwood Cinema
hosts Christmas screenings of the National Theatre of Scotland production of Rapunzel - A Hairy Tale Adventure! It may be based on the traditional story, but come prepared for a few surprises! Join us for some festive family fun.

Tickets available from Wigtown Post Office
£5 Adults £3 Children (under 16)
£14 Family (up to 2 adults and 2 children)

More activities to be added soon, keep checking for the latest additions.