REVIEW 2017 HOGMANAY SHOW  
There was a lot of excitement generated when the names of the three great bands who would be appearing at our Hogmanay Gathering; and we are pleased to report that the 2017 Red Hot Highland Fling more than lived up to the weeks of anticipation that preceded it.

Opening the show in Northern Meeting Park Arena were Hò-rò; who were winners of the “Danny Kyle award” at Celtic Connections; and quickly showed 12,000 delighted Highland Flingers from all over Scotland and beyond why they are amongst the most popular new bands on the European music festival scene.

Hò-rò were followed by two former winners of the prestigious “Scottish Traditional Music Live Band of the Year Award”; with Skipinnish given the honour of headlining the show in the prestigious middle position; which is a tradition that is unique to our show; and enables as many youngsters as possible to see the headline act perform.

Closing the show, and making sure that the music paused just in time for a spectacular fireworks display at midnight were Skerryvore. A firm favourite with the Inverness crowd; Skerryvore are one of the few bands in the world that organises its own annual music festival, Oban Live, which now attracts over 10,000 visitors each year.

The show was hosted by Comedian Craig Hill who had travelled the world en route to Inverness with his sell out show Someone’s gonna get kilt!”.



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REVIEW: 2017 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS & CAROL SERVICE 
The Countdown to Christmas gets underway in Inverness on Sunday November 19th as Santa arrived to help Provost Helen Carmichael turn on the city’s dazzling display of Christmas Lights.

Families gathered at Crown Primary School at 5.15pm on the night to take part in the Christmas Torchlight Procession to the Town House with the Provost and Santa and host Nicola McAlley of STV.

This year’s parade was led by the combined City of Inverness Senior and Youth Pipe Bands in suitable Christmas attire and featured a number of costumed characters and stiltwalkers.


The Parade ended outside Inverness Town House where there was a surprise in store for everybody when the building unexpectedly burst into light.


The marchers then followed Santa the Old High Church for the annual Christmas Carol Service - Ding Dong Merrily Old High which featured a number of much loved traditional favourites performed by the Joint choir from St Stephen's and the Old High churches.

Councillor Bet McAllister of the Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group said: “Our Christmas Lights Switch On event is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year for the younger members of our community and it was great to seeing the excitement in their eyes. There is always something magical about the moment when they get their first glimpse of Santa Claus as he arrives to help the Provost turn on our Christmas Lights.“



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REVIEW 2017 BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY 

An estimated 20,000 spectators gathered on the banks of the River Ness on Saturday 4th November as the Highland Council's annual Display took place in Bught Park.

After enjoying performances by the City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band and the Fly Agaric Firestormers Display Team; the crowd cheered loudly when Provost Helen Carmichael stepped forward to light the giant 50 foot high bonfire, which quickly roared into life to everyone's delight.

After a short delay to enable the Fireworx Scotland Display Team to make some last minute adjustments as the gusts of wind increased in strength across the field; the spectacular 20 minute display under a full moon was enjoyed by all.

Afterwards Councillor Trish Robertson of the Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group thanked the thousands of spectators who had answered the Council's call to park well away from the site and walk to the event. "The support of the drivers bringing families to the show played a major role in keeping the traffic congestion to a minimum on the night and was greatly appreciated. "

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NOVEMBER 4th BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY CAR PARKING 


If you are attending our bonfire display on Saturday November 4th don't forget to use the city centre car parks and allow yourself extra time to walk to the site.

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REVIEW 2017 Halloween Show  
With over 20,000 visitors over the two nights our 2017 Halloween Show got this year's Winter Festival off to a great start. Our friends at Eden Court Creative, Arts in Motion and Limelight Event Services did a great job bringing the UNDERWORLD!to life.

Big thank you to all the folk who remembered that parking around Bught Park was very limited and helped us by using one of the 2800 plus spaces which are available in the City Centre and walked along to the show.



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KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL REVIEW 
There was a great turn out of the oldest event – the Kirking of the Council - which took place on Sunday 10 September.

Staff and Members of The Highland Council along with guests from the University of the Highlands and Islands and community councils paraded, led by the Royal British Legion Scotland (Inverness Branch) pipes and drums, and the City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band along with uniformed youth groups and school representatives.

The service in the Old High Church was led by Reverend Peter Nimmo, Minister of Old High St Stephen’s Church who will delivered a sermon called 'Cherish the light!' which was based on two readings from the New Testament. Leading the opening prayer was the Reverend Stewart A MacKay, Chaplain of The Black Watch 3rd Battalion of The Royal Regiment of Scotland; and leading the Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession was Rev Sarah Murray, Provost of St Andrew’s Cathedral in Inverness.

Provost and Leader of Inverness, Councillor Helen Carmichael, gave the Provost’s traditional Scripture reading.



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