Perth Winter Festival 2019 Frequently Asked Questions

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The aim of this page is to help you find your way around Perth Winter Festival 2019, answering any questions you may have and offering links to external sites.  Please note, we have simply pulled this information together and are not the event organisers!  We hope you find it useful and have a great time when you visit Perth this winter.

Quick Links for Perth Winter Festival 2019: 

Q1. What is the line up for Perth Christmas Light Switch On Day?

Perth city centre will literally rock to the beat of iconic pop idols such as: Atomic Kitten, Alice DJ, Dario J, NTrance, as well as Scottish singer songwriter Nina Nesbitt. Hosting the main stage and keeping the crowds in the party spirit is Britain's Got More Talent host Stephen Mulhern along with the man with the plan: Mister Lionel Vinyl. Our 2019 musical line-up offers something for everyone featuring Boomin, Top Elvis Tribute (Lee Memphis King) and Perth/Dundee rock and pop tribute band Last Orders. 

For full details see our Line Up for Perth Christmas Light Switch On 2019 article here >>>

Q2. How do I access Perth's Winter Festival if I have mobility or other relevant health issues?

As with previous years there will also be the large screens on Tay Street and on High Street for live streaming of the main stage performances to make stages as easy to view as possible.

Centre For Inclusive Living Perth and Kinross (CILPK) is working with PKC to make this year’s Christmas Lights event as accessible as possible. There is more information on the CILPK website which gives information about parking, accessible toilets, Keep Safe Scheme and the Quiet Area that will be hosted by Perth Autism Support in the St John's Centre.

There will be a mobility area outside St Matthew’s Church on Tay Street for viewing the main stage.  This area has limited space so CILPK is asking people who have requirements to use this area to apply for tickets via this link now -  this survey will close on Sunday 3rd November. If there are more applications than available space then there will be a random draw. People will be informed on 4th November if they have been successful or not.  

In the event of queries please contact CILPK on or 01738 587282.    

Q3. My band / act would like to play at one of the Perth Winter Festival Events. Who should I contact?

Please contact Micheal Boyle at Perth & Kinross Council, via email at

Q4. How do I enter the Perth Santa Run pn Saturday 7th December?

Perth Santa Run is a 5km route taking Santas around Perth City centre before finishing on the North Inch. Entry includes Santa suit, goodie bag and finishers medal. It is a dog friendly event. Enter online at the Eventfull website here >>>

Q5. Where can I park while visiting Perth during the Winter Festival?

Parking in Perth City is divided into three zones.  View the icon Perth parking guide 2019/20 [518Kb] or Perth car parking map of the zones and car parks.

Charges apply 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Saturday. 

Council Car Parks: Perth & Kinross Council provides safe and secure, short and long stay car parks and on-street parking in the city centre. As well as the download above, you can also pick up a Parking Guide at Pullar House in Kinnoull Street, St John’s Shopping Centre or Canal Street Multi Storey Car Park.

Paying for parking: Cashless parking has been introduced as an alternative method of payment, making it easier, simpler and more convenient for motorists. For details visit PKC website here>>> 

Free Parking for Blue Badge Holders: Blue badge holders can park free in any of the Council’s car parks and on-street parking bays and in other on-street locations subject to the normal conditions of use of their badges. Further parking details at PKC website here >>>

Park + Ride: Operates from Broxden, Scone and Kinross. Further details on the Park and Ride page of the PKC website. 

Q6. How does the free parking work in Perth City?

15 minutes of free parking all year round: All 3 zones allow 15 minutes of free parking.  This only applies to Council-run car parks and on-street parking spaces. A valid ticket must be displayed and can be acquired free of charge by pressing the button on the parking machine.

For South Inch Car Park and Canal Street Multi-Storey Car Park, present the ticket at the exit barrier up to 15 minutes after entry.

Overnight Free Parking: The Council’s car parks and on-street pay and display bays are free from Mon to Sat from 6pm to 8am and all day Sun. 

Additional Free Festive Parking: Free Festive Parking will run from Saturday November 30th and then every Saturday in December  - 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th - in Council run car parks only.  This means parking is free ALL WEEKEND throughout December.

Please note, unlike 15 minutes free this doesn’t apply to on-street car parking. It does not apply to any of the Live Active Leisure carparks which are curretnly branded PKC.

How to be sure: The pay machines in the carparks which are free will be covered on Friday nights from 6pm and will be lifted off again in time for payments being made on Monday morning.

Q7. What bus do I get when travelling into Perth?

Stagecoach offers routes across Perthshire, and from all major Scottish towns and cities into Perth and we highly recommend you look at using their fantastic service. More details here - please use PH1 5UB as a city centre postcode to help you plan your journey >>>

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