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Aberdeen Ice Rink

Get your skates on and enjoy some festive sporting action at the ice rink. There are aids for the smaller skaters, in the shape of jolly orange seals.

Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen

Fri 19 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

Sat 20 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

Sun 21 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

…and 14 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Cinderella

He’s back and looking for love…she’s looking to go to the ball. We present to you a magical cocktail of glamour and glitz as Inverclyde’s own special Cinders sings her way into everyone’s hearts whilst those Ugly Sisters hit the Talent Show dance floor with an eye on the prize….the Prince. Pantomime fun for all the…

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Sat 20 Dec

The Beacon Theatre

£12–£18 (Children £10–£16) / 01475 723723

Sun 21 Dec

The Beacon Theatre

£10–£16 (Children £8–£14) / 01475 723723

Wed 24 Dec

The Beacon Theatre

£12–£18 (Children £10–£16) / 01475 723723

…and 8 more dates until 3 Jan 2015

Glasgow on Ice

A chance to perfect your pirouettes (or at least let go of the side) as George Square's open air ice rink returns for another year accompanied by non-stop music. There are funfair rides (including the return of the Big Wheel), free activities for families in the Christmas Workshop and themed nights on the rink including…

George Square, Glasgow

Thu 18 Dec

£8–£12 (£6–£10; Children £6–£9; Family £29–£35)

Mon 22 Dec

£8–£12 (£6–£10; Children £6–£9; Family £29–£35)

Tue 23 Dec

£8–£12 (£6–£10; Children £6–£9; Family £29–£35)

…and 4 more dates until 31 Dec

Irn-Bru Carnival

From the traditional whirl of the waltzers and the crash of the dodgems to the brand new Voodoo Dancer and equally stomach-churning Matterhorn, Speed Buzz and Extreme. Plus of course there are gentler rides for wee ones such as the Teacups and the Carousel. Entry price is £13 with visitors receiving ten vouchers which can…

SECC, Glasgow

Fri 19 Dec

£13 / 0141 248 3000

Sun 11 Jan 2015

£13 / 0141 248 3000

Cinderella

Put on your glass slippers and ballgowns (we all own these things, right?) for the SECC's annual large scale panto featuring John Barrowman and the Krankies. Plus X Factor's Melane Masson as Fairy Godmother.

SECC, Glasgow

Fri 19 Dec

Clyde Auditorium

£13–£26 / 0141 248 3000

Sat 20 Dec

Clyde Auditorium

£13–£26 / 0141 248 3000

Sun 21 Dec

Clyde Auditorium

£13–£26 / 0141 248 3000

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The RSNO Christmas Concert: The Snowman

A family-friendly concert of carols and seasonal tunes, including the now annual screening of Dianne Jackson's 1982 film of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman with live musical accompaniment, because nothing spells 'Christmas' like a magical fable about the transience of life. Christopher Bell conducts.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 20 Dec

£15–£35 (disabled/under 26s/mature students/unemployed £7.50–£17.50) / 0141 353 8000

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Dec

£15–£35 (disabled/under 26s/mature students/unemployed £7.50–£17.50) / 0131 228 1155

Ghosts of Christmas Tour

Christmas isn't all mince pies and adorable penguins called Monty, its got a dark side as well. Tour guide Andrew Chesney tells a festive ghost story and recounts the history of Christmas in Scotland looking back at the traditions of the daft days, charades and delicious puddings.

The Real Mary King's Close, Edinburgh

Fri 19 Dec

Over-5s only

£13.25 (£11.75; Children £7.75) / 0845 070 6244

Tours are limited to 20 people so advance booking is recommended.

Sat 20 Dec

Over-5s only

£13.25 (£11.75; Children £7.75) / 0845 070 6244

Tours are limited to 20 people so advance booking is recommended.

Sun 21 Dec

Over-5s only

£13.25 (£11.75; Children £7.75) / 0845 070 6244

Tours are limited to 20 people so advance booking is recommended.

…and 2 more dates until 23 Dec

Sleeping Beauty

Perth’s traditional Pantomime for 2014 will be Sleeping Beauty Perth Theatre is being transformed with a huge redevelopment so, this year’s panto will take place at Perth Concert Hall – all the fun of our usual panto but on a bigger scale!

Perth Concert Hall

Fri 19 Dec

£19.50 (£17.50; Children £12.50; Family £14.50) / 01738 621031

Sat 20 Dec

£19.50 (£17.50; Children £12.50; Family £14.50) / 01738 621031

Mon 22 Dec

£19.50 (£17.50; Children £12.50; Family £14.50) / 01738 621031

…and 3 more dates until 26 Dec

Game Masters

Massive touring exhibition celebrating the varied history of computer gaming. With more than 125 playable games to work your way through, get stuck into arcade games, physical games (think Dance Battle et al), consoles, PCs and many more. On top of this, there's also displays of concept art, interactive displays and…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 26 Dec

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Thu 1 Jan 2015

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Aladdin

Panto veterans Grant Stott, Andy Gray and Allan Stewart take to the stage to present Aladdin complete with special effects.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 19 Dec

£14–£30 (£11–£27) / 0131 529 6000

Sat 20 Dec

£14–£30 (£11–£27) / 0131 529 6000

Sun 21 Dec

£14–£30 (£11–£27) / 0131 529 6000

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Jack And The Beanstalk

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fun!!! A Family panto for Everyone! Join us for Jack’s gigantic adventures in a brand spanking new version of the pantomime classic. Jack’s just a wee laddie fae Fife on his way to the big city to seek his fortune with just his old coo for company. Little does he know what amazing adventures await. With…

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Sat 20 Dec

£17 (£13; Family £12; Children £13) / 01592 583302

Mon 22 Dec

£17 (£13; Family £12; Children £13) / 01592 583302

Tue 23 Dec

£17 (£13; Family £12; Children £13) / 01592 583302

…and 8 more dates until 10 Jan 2015

Aladdin: Polka Dot Pantomines

A traditional pantomime that will take you on a whirlwind of magic, mystery and adventure into a land of lamps, genies and princesses.

Secombe Theatre, Sutton

Fri 19 Dec

£14.50 (Children £12.50; £50) / 020 8770 6990

Sat 20 Dec

£14.50 (Children £12.50; £50) / 020 8770 6990

Sun 21 Dec

£14.50 (Children £12.50; £50) / 020 8770 6990

…and 2 more dates until 24 Dec

An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sun 29 Mar 2015

£22 / 023 8071 1811

Manuel Chavajay & Rebecca Wilcox: This Might Be a Place for Hummingbirds

Work by two artists with apparently little in common: Guatemalan painter and sculptor Chavajay and Glasgow-based video artist Wilcox.

CCA, Glasgow

Sun 21 Dec

Free / 0141 352 4900

Sun 4 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 352 4900

Sun 11 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 352 4900

Sun 18 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 352 4900

The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot

The feelgood tale of a young boy who doesn't enjoy Christmas or exchanging gifts … until the tradition suddenly disappears. Ages 3–8.

The Arches, Glasgow

Fri 19 Dec

£9.50 (Children £5.50; Family £25) / 0141 565 1000

Sat 20 Dec

£9.50 (Children £5.50; Family £25) / 0141 565 1000

Sun 21 Dec

£9.50 (Children £5.50; Family £25) / 0141 565 1000

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Dreamboats and Miniskirts

  • Written by: Maurice Gran

Musical sequel to Dreamboats And Petticoats written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, which follows an aspiring vocal duo, who must adapt their style to succeed during the advent of the Beatles and the Mersey sound. Featuring the hits 'Twist & Shout', 'Handy Man', 'Pretty Woman' and 'One Fine Day'.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thu 12 Mar 2015

£10–£44.50

Sat 14 Mar 2015

£10–£44.50

The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

Wed 15 Jul 2015

£18.50–£32 / 0844 848 2700

Sat 18 Jul 2015

£18.50–£32 / 0844 848 2700

Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Thu 19 Feb 2015

£14–£26.50; £12–£24; £16–£28.50 / 01872 262466

Sat 21 Feb 2015

£14–£26.50; £12–£24; £16–£28.50 / 01872 262466

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Aladdin

Expect family fun and frolics at the Webster Theatre's annual panto, which features Steven Alexander from BBC's The Voice as Aladdin.

Lansdowne Church (Websters Theatre), Glasgow

Fri 19 Dec

£11.50–£13 / 0141 337 2311

  • 13:30 Aladdin Lansdowne Church (Websters Theatre), Glasgow

Sat 20 Dec

£11.50–£13 / 0141 337 2311

  • 14:30 Aladdin Lansdowne Church (Websters Theatre), Glasgow

Sun 21 Dec

£11.50–£13 / 0141 337 2311

  • 14:30 Aladdin Lansdowne Church (Websters Theatre), Glasgow
…and 5 more dates until 28 Dec

TYCI's Christmas All-Dayer

A killer Christmas line-up of performance, art, live music, a mini market and loads more from TYCI as a Christmas present to you. During the day in the Old Hairdressersyou can see performances by Rose Ruane and Aby Watson, spoken word by Kirstin Innes, music by Chrissy Barnacle and Patricia Panther and there are stalls…

Stereo, Glasgow

Sat 20 Dec

Cafe Bar

£3 for a day ticket; £10 for an evening ticket; £12 for an all-day ticket / 0141 222 2254

The London Modernist Literary Event

An afternoon of Mod related authors talking about their books and inspirations behind their work.

The Cockpit, London NW8

Sat 7 Feb 2015

£15 / 020 7258 2925

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Robin Hood: The Panto

A traditional family pantomime based on the famous Sherwood Forest legend, packed with jokes, slapstick comedy, and lovable characters.

The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

Sat 10 Jan 2015

£10 (£8; £32) / 01295 279002

Sun 11 Jan 2015

£10 (£8; £32) / 01295 279002

Mon 12 Jan 2015

£10 (£8; £32) / 01295 279002

…and 5 more dates until 18 Jan 2015

Baby Loves Disco

Baby Loves Disco is a chance for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents to get their respective grooves on and enjoy some dayclubbing with real club DJs spinning retro and pop tunes. Chillout room, themed crafts, facepainting, healthy snacks and more – all included in the price, plus licensed bar for parents.

DNA, London SW11

Sat 31 Jan 2015

£9–£140 / 07986 527947

The Famous Spiegeltent, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Dec

£9 / 07986 527947

Hummingbird, Glasgow

Sun 28 Dec

£8 / 07986 527947

Sun 18 Jan 2015

£8–£125 / 07986 527947

Victoria Morton

Glasgow artist who incorporates her own paintings and sculptures into installations (and who is also a member of Muscles of Joy.)

The Modern Institute @ Aird's Lane, Glasgow

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 0141 248 3711

  • 12:00 – 17:00 Victoria Morton The Modern Institute @ Aird's Lane, Glasgow

Thu 8 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 248 3711

  • 12:00 – 17:00 Victoria Morton The Modern Institute @ Aird's Lane, Glasgow

Fri 9 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 248 3711

  • 12:00 – 17:00 Victoria Morton The Modern Institute @ Aird's Lane, Glasgow
…and 4 more dates until 17 Jan 2015

The Elf By Herself

Festive show about the elf who grew tall. Ages 3–6.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 20 Dec

£8 (Family £21–£28) / 0141 552 4267

Sun 21 Dec

£8 (Family £21–£28) / 0141 552 4267

Mon 22 Dec

£8 (Family £21–£28) / 0141 552 4267

…and 7 more dates until 31 Dec

The Two Roberts: Robert MacBryde and Robert Colquhoun

An overview of the work of the so-called 'Two Roberts': Robert MacBryde and Robert Colquhoun, artists, friends of Bacon and Freud, lovers and perhaps more notorious for their bohemianism and their openness about their sexuality than celebrated for their art. This show, their first major retrospective, aims to redress the…

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Thu 1 Jan 2015

£8 (£6) / 0131 624 6200

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