Our What’s On guide to the most vibrant, most unusual and most unmissable events in Scotland this weekend and in the coming week
A Christmas Carol
Dickens’ classic tale adapted for stage by Neil Duffield at Dundee Rep, until December 31. The Rep’s award-winning ensemble bring a host of characters to life. Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and Tiny Tim, not to mention Scrooge himself as you’ve never seen him before.
The Irn-Bru Carnival is on at Glasgow’s SECC, until January 14. Make this a fun family day out at Europe’s biggest indoor funfair. Favourites such as the dodgems, the helter skelter and the waltzers mix with the more unusual Midnight Express Matterhorn and the Sticky Wall.
Perth Theatre’s first panto in its newly-refurbished premises at Mill Street, Perth. Can baddie Abanazer get the better of goodies Aladdin and Jasmine? Take all the family to this fun-filled traditional panto to find out – on until January 6.
Top magicians and entertainers for the UK and abroad make the Edinburgh International Magic Festival a festival with a difference. It’s a chance to make Christmas stretch that little bit further. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, until December 30
The Loony Dook
Even if you don’t want to risk a dip in the freezing River Forth, it’s worth paying a visit to South Queensferry on January 1 to see the hardy souls, most in fancy dress, celebrate New Year in the traditional way.
Traditional game of mass football played in the streets of the town between the Uppies and the Doonies,Kirkwall, Orkney, January 1. The game has been played in its present form since 1850.
Stonehaven Fireball Festival, December 31-January 1. An annual procession keeping ancient customs alive, where 45 participants swing blazing balls of fire above their heads before throwing them in the harbour.