MSP’s Christmas card competition reaches new heights with gondola prize

A Highland MSP has taken prizes for a constituency Christmas card competition to new heights, after the resort operators of the UK’s only mountain gondola agreed to print the winning design on one of their carriages.

Courtesy of the Nevis Range, the winner will also get a gondola trip up Aonach Mor near Ben Nevis, as well as seeing their front cover distributed across Kate Forbes MSP’s Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency.

In previous years there have been hundreds of entrants from primary schools across the Highlands, but the unique prize is likely to peak interest in this year’s competition.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “This is the third year in a row that I’ve asked young people in primary schools across the Highlands to design a festive Christmas card for my constituency.

“In the past, a local business has donated a prize and covered the modest costs of printing the cards. This year, I am excited to be partnering with Nevis Range, which draws in tens of thousands of visitors all year round.

“I am absolutely delighted that Nevis Range has offered a trip up Aonach Mor and promised to print the winning design on the side of one of their gondolas.

“As we head towards winter, and the skiers and snowboarders make their way to Lochaber, I love the idea that they’ll head up the mountain in a gondola and see a festive design by a primary school pupil.

“This is a fantastic prize, which I hope will encourage even more school pupils to take part. At the end of the day, this is about encouraging kids to get involved with something a little bit different.”

Chris O’Brien, CEO of the Nevis Range added: “There’s nothing more Christmassy than Nevis Range in the snow!

“We can’t wait to showcase the winning design and we’re delighted to be partnering with our local MSP Kate Forbes.”

Every primary school in the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency has been sent a letter from Kate Forbes MSP inviting them to participate in the competition, with the short brief of an A5 drawing on the theme of a Highland winter – featuring aspects of the region’s landscape, culture and sports.

Subject to space, all entries will be displayed in the window of Kate Forbes MSP’s constituency office on Dingwall High Street.

The closing date for submissions is mid-November.

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