With Christmas fast approaching, parents across Ayrshire may be scratching their heads as they look for ways to keep their little ones occupied.

While there are lots of places and events to visit, the cost of these can rack up over time, leaving households out of pocket ahead of the big day.

This is why we have pulled together some more affordable options for those wanting to get out and about.

Ayrshire's cheapest things to do with the kids this Christmas 

Here are some of Ayrshire's cheapest things to do with the kids this Christmas season.

Visit Santa's Grotto at Dobbies Garden Centre in Ayr

Take a visit to the Dobbies Garden Centre in Ayr this November and December to meet Santa Claus himself.

From just £11.99, children can visit Saint Nicholas and receive a gift after being guided by one of his elves through an enchanted forest.

To find out more and book your child's place, visit the Dobbies website.

Christmas Wonderland - Dean Castle

From December 8 to December 23, Dean Castle in Kilmarnock will be offering everything from a lit-up meandering footpath to a Santa's Grotto.

To find out more and book your tickets, please visit the Christmas Wonderland website.

Girvan Christmas Street Party

The Girvan Christmas Street Party will be taking place on December 3 from 2pm to 5pm, offering free admission.

The event will feature rides, street performers, mascots, choirs as well as a Santa's Grotto.

Find out more on the Girvan Christmas Street Party Facebook page.

Kids Christmas Party at the Roebank Hotel

The Roebank Hotel in Beith is throwing a Kids Christmas Party on December 10 from 2pm to 4pm but you'll need to be quick as tickets are selling fast!

According to the organisers, the party will feature dancing, games and a visit from Santa who will be handing out sweeties to all the children.

The event costs £10 per child (not including the Eventbrite booking fee).

Find out more and book your tickets on the Eventbrite website.