1. Get Your Skates On
The ever popular Glasgow On Ice returns once again to George Square. Skate under the stars at the city centre’s very own ice rink – open every day until Dec 31. Alternatively, there are plenty of free family activities in the Christmas Workshop or take a ride on the Big Wheel!
2. Re-imagine Ancient Gaelic
Internationally acclaimed theatre-makers Song of The Goat bring their unique take on traditional Scottish music to The Tramway, Glasgow, on Dec 15. A sell-out success at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, this is a special one-off performance so be sure to book your tickets online now.
3. Go Aboard the HMS Frigate Unicorn
Get ready to sing and be merry on the HMS Frigate Unicorn on Dec 16 at 7pm. Dundee’s museum ship will be hosting its family carol service with help from the Dundee Instrumental Band. Entry is free with a hot drink and mince pie provided.
4. Journey Somewhere Over The Rainbow
On Dec 18, get ready to put on your ruby slippers and experience a truly special cinematic experience. Hawthornden Theatre, Edinburgh, will be screening The Wizard of Oz – with a difference. Viewers can fully immerse themselves in each film by eating and drinking along with the characters. Tickets for this event are available here.
5. Relive a Timeless Classic
Join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus on the Dec 18 for a magical Christmas concert at Aberdeen Music Hall, then Dundee on Dec 19, Glasgow on Dec 20 and Edinburgh on Dec 21. The classic film The Snowman will show on the big screen, accompanied by Howard Blake’s sweeping score and narrated by a special star guest.
6. Source A Locally Designed Gift
Every day from now until the Dec 21, textile design studio Bespoke Atelier will be selling a selection of locally designed gifts at the Veneer Gallery, Glasgow. Gifts include everything from jewellery and bags to printed sofas and handcrafted mirrors. Open 11am to 6pm.
7. Have A Very Victorian Christmas
From the Dec 20-23, Edinburgh Castle will be recounting the unexpected tale of how Charles Dickens found his inspiration for A Christmas Carol in a graveyard. You can also learn some of the origins of Christmas traditions from Victorian times.
8. Discover The Joy Of Song
Duthie Park Winter Gardens, Aberdeen, will host its carol concert at 11am and 2pm on the Dec 20. Surround yourself with rare and exotic plants as you sing along to your favourite carols. Accompanied by the Bon Accord Silver Band and singers.
9. Experience A Cool Show With A Hot Twist!
Explore the science of snow, ice and fireworks this winter with the Dundee Science Centre from the Dec 20-Jan 6. Younger visitors will also enjoy an interactive story-time session and can experience the wonders of winter.
10. Disco Down With The Kids!
Baby Loves Disco will bring its unique day-clubbing experience for parents with kids (0-6yrs) to the Paradiso Spiegeltent, Edinburgh, on Dec 21. A festive family fun event with face-painting, presents from Santa and a licensed bar for parents.
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