Our What’s On Scotland guide to the most vibrant, most unusual and most unmissable events this weekend and in the coming week
Whisky and Chocolate Tasting
Whiski Rooms, Edinburgh, 29th December 2018
Indulge yourself in this exciting tasting experience. Unique, organic, locally produced chocolates are paired with a selection of drams. Whether you are a beginner or a whisky expert, all are welcome to try these delicious combinations that are sure to get your taste buds tingling.
Vegan Board Games Night
GrassRoots Health, Edinburgh, December 27 2018
Love it or hate it, the vegan scene continues to grow. You can bring your personal favourite board game along to this fun-filled night or you can join in with some of the regular games as you enjoy a drink or two along with some tasty, inventive vegan food.
Christmas At The Botanics
Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, December 26 – 29, 2018
Experience the gorgeous Royal Botanic Garden illuminated with magical lights. Wander along the mile-long trail that weaves through the garden and treat yourself with some festive beverages; mulled wine and spiced cider are all available to help keep you warm in the chilly December night.
beGIN, Glasgow, December 31, 2018
It’s nearly 2019 and the gin craze is still going strong. If you’re not looking for a raucous Hogmanay and would prefer something a little more relaxed, then beGIN could be the place for you. They are offering a chilled out night involving plenty of gin and nibbles, with a DJ providing the soundtrack for the night.
The Giant Lanterns of China
Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh, December 26 – February 17
Pandas aren’t the only Chinese import making an appearance at Edinburgh Zoo. This huge array of spectacular giant Chinese lanterns will light up the zoo. The Scottish winters might be a bit too chilly for the pandas, but these beautifully crafted lanterns will illuminate the zoo with a warm glow.
Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh, December 27, 2018 – Summer 2019
Andy Warhol gets much of the acclaim when Pop art is discussed and rightly so. However, a Scotsman, Eduardo Paolozzi also contributed a huge amount to the movement. Both artists will have pieces on display at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two. There’s much more to it than a tin of soup.
Make sure to double-check event websites and weather warnings before travelling.