24 October - 18 November – Illuminight – Dean Castle Country Park
After a fantastic first year in 2017, Illuminight with Lidl will return to Dean Castle Country Park to present more stunning lights, sounds and installations. The forests, park, river, lakes and castle will once again be shown in a whole new light. Last year Illuminight welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors and they are excited to return with new and exciting effects, dazzling lights and enchanting sounds to fill the park with wonderment and awe. Hands-on activities and games throughout the trail will keep all ages, young and old entertained.
2 November - Fireworks Display - Ayr Rugby Club
The biggest and best fireworks night in Ayr! Fantastic fairground, face painting, hot food, Guy Fawkes marquee bar and DJ Stefan Janik playing the tunes. Doors open 6pm, with fireworks starting at 7pm.
3 November – Tennents Raceday – Ayr Racecourse
It’s the last Saturday fixture of 2018 at Ayr Racecourse and one that always attracts a great crowd.
Gates Open – 11am
First Race – 12.50pm
Last Race – 3.50pm
3 November – Little Acorns Walk by Candle Light - Corsehill Park & Gardens
The annual Walk by Candle Light will meet at Corsehill Park and Gardens to enjoy some woodland games before embarking on the lantern-lit parade round the park, ending with a campfire snack, music, songs and a special lantern story. The week before you can get busy making lanterns at Little Acorns groups but don’t worry if you don’t have one- there will be plenty spare. As the clocks go back and the evenings get darker it is a curious time for young children. It can also present with a little nervousness. Our lantern walk is a gentle and fun way to introduce children to the beauty of the great outdoors at night time.
3 November – Troon Fireworks Display – Barassie Beach
The annual fireworks display is organised by Troon's Round Table and will be on Saturday 3rd November 2018. The funfair starts at 4pm until 9.30pm. The main fireworks Display starts at 7.30pm.
4 November - Kilwinning Community Fireworks - McGavin Park
Kilwinning Fireworks Display is organised by Kilwinning Community Events and they are delighted to be back in 2018 with two displays on one night! It will take place on Sunday 4th November at McGavin Park, Dalry Road, Kilwinning. The first display is a short low noise display at 6pm, this has been introduced for young families and those who like to see fireworks but with less big bangs.
The main 18 minute display will be after 6.45pm which promises to be one of the best displays locally. The fairground opens from 4.30pm and entertainment on stage from 5pm with local musical artists plus free balloon art and fire acts to keep you amused.
4 November – Saltcoats Fireworks Display – Saltcoats Harbour
Saltcoats will be lit up again this year with the annual fireworks display. The spectacular event takes place at Saltcoats Harbour on Sunday, 4 November and includes the usual stalls, fairground rides and more. The funfair starts at 5pm and the fireworks at 7.30pm, but visitors are advised to be there in plenty of time as the display is expected to be busy.
18 November – Santa Dash – Ayr Central
Each year Ayrshire Cancer Support hosts the fantastic Ayr Santa Dash, where hundreds of people dress up in their Santa suits and descend on Ayr Town Centre. This event has grown year on year, not only being a fun event but raising vital funds for Ayrshire Cancer Support.
For the first time ever the Santa Extravaganza at Ayr Central features 3 fabulous events to choose from! The traditional Santa Dash is the annual 5K run around Ayr town centre. This year organisers have introduced a Santa Stroll (1.5K) for little legs and older, tired legs!
25 November – Kilmarnock Christmas Lights Switch On – Kilmarnock Town Centre
Kilmarnock Christmas lights switch on, is one of the most exciting events of the year. Thousands of people come to the high street in Kilmarnock to celebrate the start of the Festive Season. The event normally consists of live music from amazing local talent, a community stage, choirs, craft making and lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.