The Cannae Miss List: Dec 23 – Jan 5

Award-winning magic from Florian Sainvet

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


Dick McWhittington

Perth’s traditional family panto is back with the classic Dick McWhittington by Alan McHugh. Catch it at Horcross Arts until December 26. Tickets here.


The Ba’

This historic street game is a sight to behold. Watch as Kirkwall‘s centre is overrun by the “Uppies” and “Doonies” pushing to win on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


Rock The Halls

Expect all your Christmas favourites onstage at Dundee’s Whitehall Theatre, backed by a 10-piece band, singers and dancers. Catch it on December 23 – book quick here!


Stonehaven Fireballs

Burn off the bad spirits with the Fireball Festival in Stonehaven on December 31, where balls of fire are swung through the town and into the harbour to usher in spirits of the New Year. More info here.divider

Nippy Dipper

Have you heard of the Loony Dook? Well this is Aberdeen’s answer to it – the Nippy Dipper! Burn of the Christmas calories with a bracing dip in the chilly North Sea on Boxing Day morning – all for charity.divider

Festive Magic

The Edinburgh International Magic Festival dons a festive hat for the season between Dec 27 and 30. This Christmas Special is entitled “A Collection Of Wonders” so head down to be truly mesmerised.divider

Weans In The Wood

Stirling’s Scottish take on Babes in the Wood is at the Macrobert Arts Centre until December 31, complete with forest hooligan Little Red Riding Hood!divider

Play In A Day

On Friday, Dec 30, you can join members of the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh in dance, drama, costume-making and music before performing together a traditional folk drama in front of a live audience.divider

Street Of Light

There’s still time to catch Edinburgh’s Street of Light along the west end of George Street until Christmas Eve. It’s a free event, but do book in advance to get your time slot.divider

Storm Barbara is forecasted to hit Scotland this week, so be careful out there, and check ahead for road closures if you’re travelling far. 

Have a very merry Christmas, a happy Hogmanay and a healthy New Year!


Katrina Patrick