Last year, I collated a guide of Covid-friendly shopping events in Caithness. Who knew that a year on, I would be writing a similar post! While Covid restrictions are relaxed in some ways, businesses are still looking for local support at their busiest time of the year and so I’m happy to do my bit to round up the events that have been organised, so we can all support local businesses this Caithness Christmas as much as we are able to. There’s loads of collaboration this year which is really exciting to see!
This is a round-up of Christmas shopping events in Caithness that is correct at the time of writing (Updated 8 Nov 2021). Please contact event organisers directly with any bookings or questions, and adhere to the Covid-19 regulations in effect at the time of the event. If you are organising an event that is not yet listed, please send an email with the details to email@example.com and I will update the list as soon as I can.
YOUR CAITHNESS CHRISTMAS 2021 SHOPPING GUIDE
CAITHNESS MARKET: 7TH NOVEMBER
Caithness Market (Sunday 7th November, 11 am – 3 pm on Facebook and Instagram): A virtual market that was set up in 2020 to support the local economy is still going strong, with the event on 7th November being the final market day of the year, so businesses are unveiling new products, ready for those keen beans who have already started their Christmas shopping! Businesses still have until 9 pm on Wed 3rd November to sign up – more info here. If you are browsing, look out for #caithnessmarket on Instagram, or if you use Facebook, like Caithness Market for updates or join the ‘Welcome to Caithness Market’ group to see the market day posts!
LINDSEY GALLACHER: 11TH NOVEMBER
On Thurso’s Brabster Street, Lindsey Gallacher is running a late opening for her studio, gallery and shop on Thursday 11th November. She’ll be open until 7:30pm (normal opening hours 10 – 4 Tues-Sat).
JA MACKAYS: 11TH NOVEMBER
On nearby Traill Street, Grocer and Deli JA Mackay is hosting a late-night shopping evening from 4 – 8 pm on Thursday 11th November. The ever-popular Christmas hampers will be available, some favourite and new Christmas goodies on sale, and even some goodie bags! More details can be found here.
BABY BLISS CHRISTMAS FAYRE: 11TH NOVEMBER
Baby Bliss is running a Christmas Fayre at Puldagon Farm Shop and Restaurant on Thursday 11th November between 6 pm and 9:30 pm. Please contact Beverley at Baby Bliss to book a shopping slot (6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm) and enjoy a mince pie and a glass of wine!
FORSS CHRISTMAS MARKET: 14TH NOVEMBER
Forss Hall are playing host to a Christmas Market to be held on 14th November between 11 am and 4 pm.
THE LITTLE HOPE GIFT SHOP: 18TH NOVEMBER
Liza’s fabulous toy and gift shop in the middle of Wick (33 Bridge Street) is running a Christmas shopping evening on Thursday 18th November. With special offers, goodie bags accompanying all purchases, and all purchases entered into a raffle for a bottle of bubbly!
KELLY MUNRO JEWELLERY: 19TH AND 20TH NOVEMBER
Kelly Munro is hosting her annual pop-up shop at the Norseman Hotel in Wick, which will showcase her new jewellery and artwork. Joining her on Friday 19th (4-10pm) will be Lisa from Inspired by Caithness, who will be revealing her brand new Stonescape artwork. Come along for complimentary prosecco and a browse of some beautiful Caithness inspired artwork and jewellery. Kelly will also be opening her pop up shop again on Saturday 20th November between 10 am and 4 pm. For more info follow Kelly Munro Jewellery on Facebook.
COFFEE TIME CRAFTERS: 19TH AND 20TH NOVEMBER
Coffee Time Crafters (Sheelagh Paterson Art, Donna’s Craft and Abbeycrafts) are combining forces for their first Caithness Christmas shopping experience at the Thurso Pop-Up Shop on the 19th and 20th November. If you miss them the first time round they will be reopening on the 11th of December for some last-minute locally crafted purchases! To keep updated, follow Coffee Time Crafters.
LADIES SHOPPING NIGHT: FRIDAY 26TH NOVEMBER
The Weigh Inn in Thurso are hosing a Ladies Shopping Night between 7 pm and 10 pm on Friday 26th November.
NORTH COAST ARTISTS: 27TH NOVEMBER
The Pentland Hotel in Thurso is hosting an art sale organised by the Society of Caithness Artists between 11 am and 3pm on Saturday 27th November.
NORTH COAST MARKET: 27TH NOVEMBER
Armadale Hall are hosting a North Coast Market on Saturday 27th November between 11 am and 3 pm.
IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE WICKMAS: 27TH NOVEMBER
A whole raft of businesses will have stalls at ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Wickmas’ at the Harpers Bar and Function Suite on the evening of 27th of November. Entry is £5, and there will also be a raffle. All entry fees and raffle tickets will be equally shared between Caithness KLICS, Caithness Foodbank and Wick Christmas Lights – how’s that for generous Caithness Christmas spirit?! For more details on participating businesses and to buy tickets, look at this event link.
STACKS FESTIVE SHOPPING NIGHTS: 27TH NOVEMBER AND 4TH DECEMBER
Enjoy a festive after-hours shopping experience at Stacks Bistro in John O’Groats on the evenings of 27th November and 4th December. For £5 per ticket at a time slot of your choosing, enjoy a slice of Christmas pudding and some mulled wine, and stock up on some local and more widely sourced unusual foods for the festive season. To buy tickets, visit the Stacks website.
LATHERON VILLAGE HALL: 27TH AND 28TH NOVEMBER
Latheron Hall are holding a Christmas craft show on the 27th and 28th November. Tables are £10 and to book a table email firstname.lastname@example.org!
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION THURSO: 28TH NOVEMBER
Cat’s Hobby Crafts and others will be at the Royal British Legion (Thurso) from 10am on 28th November. Check out more details on this event here.
THE FAIRY’S WORKSHOP & FASCINATION POP UP: 3RD DECEMBER
Another fine collaboration between businesses popping up at the Thurso Pop Up Shop on the 3rd December between 1 pm-6 pm with Fascination and the Fairy’s workshop. Stock up on gifts that will sparkle along with headwear and accessories for the ladies in your life! For more info, take a peek at The Fairy’s Workshop & Fascination Facebook pages.
THURSO COMMUNITY MARKET: 4TH DECEMBER
Thurso’s monthly community market has its last date of the year at the Royal British Legion between 11 am and 3 pm on Saturday 4th December. Many local businesses have regular stalls here so it’s a good opportunity to stock up! More info here.
WICK PILOT HOUSE POP UP: 4TH DECEMBER
Possibly the smallest space to pop up in, Baked by Jemma, Fascination and Healing Tides (Holistic wellness products) are jointly hosting a shopping event at Wick’s Pilot House (Smith Terrace), overlooking Wick Harbour. Book your 15-minute shopping slot between 11 am -3 pm for Saturday 3rd December by messaging Baked by Jemma on Facebook!
PULTENEYTOWN PEOPLE’S PROJECT CHRISTMAS MARKET: 4TH DECEMBER
The PPP are calling all crafters, artisans, artists and charities to book a table for their upcoming Christmas market on Saturday 4th December between 10 am and 3 pm. (Call 01955 608530 before the 20th November and ask for Andrew, Jack or Jennifer who will take you through the booking process). The PPP are also offering pop up stall space leading up to Christmas and beyond in their reception area. Tables are £10.
LOU BOU/A BIT O’ BLING: 5TH DECEMBER
LouBou and A Bit O’ Bling are hosting a Thurso Christmas Market to showcase local crafters and makers on Sunday 5th December between 10 am and 4 pm.. Browse jewellery, home accessories, culinary delights, baking, art, fashion, fragrances and dog gifts from a range of small businesses. They will also be holding a charity raffle as well as a red herring competition – lots of fun for the whole family. The full lineup will be announced on their event page soon. The majority of stalls will only be able to accept cash, with only some able to accept cards.
This is a round-up of Christmas shopping events in Caithness that is correct at the time of writing (updated 8th November 2021). Please contact event organisers directly with any bookings or questions, and adhere to the Covid-19 regulations in effect at the time of the event. If you are organising an event that is not yet listed, please send an email with the details to email@example.com and I will update the list as soon as I can.