The Cannae Miss List: Dec 1 – 7

Our What’s On guide to the most vibrant, most unusual and most unmissable events in Scotland this weekend and in the coming week

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Harbour Festival of Light

Irvine hosts an art and light spectacular this weekend, staged by the town’s Scottish Maritime Museum. Enjoy aerial art by Spinal Chord acrobatics, and the beautiful illumination trail where hundreds of brightly coloured origami boats sail down the river.

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3D2D Christmas Craft

Browse stalls from more than one hundred of Scotland’s leading artists and craftspeople all under one roof at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh. Free entry, and only until Sunday, December 3.

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Ancient Secrets of Black Hill

Head to Thornton Road Community Centre, Kirkmuirhill, on Tuesday, December 5, for a free talk revealing secrets of one of the largest Iron Age forts in west central Scotland, where recent excavations have uncovered new evidence about the site’s history and use.

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Botanics Christmas

From now until December 30, enjoy the beauty of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh at night, under beautifully choreographed displays of light and sound. There’s even a Festive Fayre with mulled wine, and a chance to see Santa for young visitors!

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Last Chance for Book Week

Catch the last few events on Book Week Scotland at venues across the country. Click here for the full list of events, ending on Sunday, December 3, and click here for the Virtual Festival, where you can join in the festivities without braving the cold.

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Saltire Festival

Celebrate St Andrew’s Day in style with the Saltire Festival until December 3 in venues across East Lothian. The climax is the Saltire Concert with Eddi Reader, who’ll be singing songs both traditional and contemporary in Musselburgh on Saturday, December 2.

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