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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

Sun 11 Jan 2015

£13 / 0141 248 3000

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

Mon 29 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

Tue 30 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

Wed 31 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

…and 4 more dates until 4 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

Mon 29 Dec

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

Tue 30 Dec

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

Wed 31 Dec

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

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 29 Dec

IT gallery

Free / 0131 624 6200

Tue 30 Dec

IT gallery

Free / 0131 624 6200

Wed 31 Dec

IT gallery

Free / 0131 624 6200

…and 32 more dates until 1 Feb 2015

Cockburn Street Cinema

Stills' open air cinema has become something of a festive tradition in recent years. Artists' films and video works are beamed out into Cockburn Street from the outer window of the gallery - this year it's the turn of Rob Kennedy, with A dyslexic man walks into a bra … and Happy the believers.

Stills, Edinburgh

Mon 29 Dec

Free / 0131 622 6200

Tue 30 Dec

Free / 0131 622 6200

Wed 31 Dec

Free / 0131 622 6200

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Cinderella

A traditional family pantomime based on the famous fairy tale about the boy with the magic lamp, starring Stu Francis as Buttons.

Albert Halls, Bolton

Wed 31 Dec

£12–£17 / 01204 334400

The Singing Kettle: Big Christmas Party

Singalong favourites and audience participation aplenty from the Kettle gang as they head out on their final tour.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Mon 29 Dec

£13 / 01786 473544

Howden Park Centre, Livingston

Mon 5 Jan 2015

£13.50 / 01506 777666

Tue 6 Jan 2015

£13.50 / 01506 777666

Perth Concert Hall

Wed 31 Dec

£14 / 01738 621031

The Creative Crafts Show

A place to discover new craft ideas and meet other like-minded crafty folk.

Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher

Thu 22 Jan 2015

£7–£8 (accompanied under 16s free) / 01822 617744

Fri 23 Jan 2015

£7–£8 (accompanied under 16s free) / 01822 617744

Sat 24 Jan 2015

£7–£8 (accompanied under 16s free) / 01822 617744

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

Mon 29 Dec

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

Tue 30 Dec

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

Wed 31 Dec

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

…and 4 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Cirque Berserk

A large-scale family circus show with jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and stuntmen. Highlights include Hercules the strongman, award-winning clown Tweedy and a hair-raising motorcycle routine from Globe of Death.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Sat 21 Mar 2015

£18.50–£30 / 0121 236 4455

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Dick Whittington

Family pantomime starring the ever-popular Annie Fannie as the Dame.

Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe

Wed 31 Dec

£14 / 01724 277733

Stick Man

  • Directed by: Sally Cookson
  • Written by: Benji Bower (music)

Scamp Theatre bring Julia Donaldson’s popular picture book to life in this engaging family show.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Mon 29 Dec

£12–£19.50 ( £50–£60) / 0844 545 8252

  • 10:30 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London

Tue 30 Dec

£12–£19.50 ( £50–£60) / 0844 545 8252

  • 10:30 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London

Fri 2 Jan 2015

£12–£19.50 ( £50–£60) / 0844 545 8252

  • 10:30 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London
…and 2 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

The Lowry, Salford

Thu 28 May 2015

Quays

£13.50 / 0844 545 8252

Sat 30 May 2015

Quays

£13.50 / 0844 545 8252

Sun 31 May 2015

Quays

£13.50 / 0844 545 8252

Sherman Cymru, Cardiff

Wed 15 Apr 2015

£8 / 0844 545 8252

Teeny Tiny Toddler Fest

An interactive exhibition using light, colour and reflection to create a sensory experience for toddlers. Booking is essential.

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Edinburgh

Mon 12 Jan 2015

£13.95 (£11.95; Children aged 5–15 £9.95; under 5s free) / 0131 226 3709

Tue 13 Jan 2015

£13.95 (£11.95; Children aged 5–15 £9.95; under 5s free) / 0131 226 3709

Wed 14 Jan 2015

£13.95 (£11.95; Children aged 5–15 £9.95; under 5s free) / 0131 226 3709

…and 4 more dates until 18 Jan 2015

St Andrew Square Ice Rink

Edinburgh city centre now boasts, not one, but two ice rinks for the festive season. The new circular rink at St Andrew Square allows you glide all the way round the Melville Monument.

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Mon 29 Dec

£9 (£5)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Tue 30 Dec

£9 (£5)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Wed 31 Dec

£9 (£5)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

…and 4 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

The Elf By Herself

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

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Wed 31 Dec

£8 (Family £21–£28) / 0141 552 4267

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Manchester Ice Rink

Skate under the stars this Christmas at Manchester's only outdoor ice rink. The rink is open to skaters of all abilities and offers skating aids, in the shape of penguins and seals, for younger children.

Spinningfields Ice Rink, Manchester

Mon 29 Dec

£9–£10 (Students £8; Children £7–£9; Family £23–£30) / 0161 820 9718

Tue 30 Dec

£9–£10 (Students £8; Children £7–£9; Family £23–£30) / 0161 820 9718

Wed 31 Dec

£9–£10 (Students £8; Children £7–£9; Family £23–£30) / 0161 820 9718

…and 4 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

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

Mon 29 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

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

Tue 30 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

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

Wed 31 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

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

…and 110 more dates until 20 Apr 2015

Snow White And The 7 Dwarfs

Eastenders' Stefan Booth stars as The Prince, with TV presenter Lloyd Warbey as The Huntsman. Daniella Piper is Snow White, Rebecca Vere is The Wicked Queen and pantomime veteran Kim Wall plays Dame Dotty.

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Wed 31 Dec

£8–£18 (Children £8) / 01329 231942

Sat 3 Jan 2015

£8–£18 (Children £8) / 01329 231942

Urban Market

A weekly market with Scottish food and drink, plus work by local designers and makers.

Drygate Brewing Co., Glasgow

Sun 4 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 212 8810

Sun 11 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 212 8810

Sun 18 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 212 8810

…and 48 more dates until 20 Dec 2015

Aladdin

A multi-talented professional cast presents a magic-carpet ride to the mystic East. With belly laughs, glitter, glamour and audience participation as Aladdin encounters the Genie of the Lamp and clashes swords with evil Abanazer.

The Dancehouse, Manchester

Mon 29 Dec

£15 (£8; £25–£30) / 0161 237 9753

  • 11:00 Aladdin The Dancehouse, Manchester

Tue 30 Dec

£15 (£8; £25–£30) / 0161 237 9753

  • 11:00 Aladdin The Dancehouse, Manchester

Sat 3 Jan 2015

£15 (£8; £25–£30) / 0161 237 9753

  • 11:00 Aladdin The Dancehouse, Manchester
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National Auditions 2015 – Youth Music Theatre UK

An audition group workshop in musical theatre led by three staff from Youth Music Theatre UK, who will be picking out promising youngsters to star in a range of new productions.

ARC: Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

Sat 24 Jan 2015

020 8563 7725

Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Sun 18 Jan 2015

020 8563 7725

Birmingham Hippodrome

Sun 1 Feb 2015

020 8563 7725

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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

Mon 12 Jan 2015

£10 (£8; £32) / 01295 279002

Tue 13 Jan 2015

£10 (£8; £32) / 01295 279002

Wed 14 Jan 2015

£10 (£8; £32) / 01295 279002

…and 2 more dates until 16 Jan 2015

New Year's Day Triathlon

Whilst the rest of the country deals with their post Hogmanay hangover you can embrace the new year with a triathlon. The race starts with a 400m swim in the Royal Commonwealth Pool, before an 11 mile cycle and 3.5 mile run round the scenic Arthur's Seat. There's also a separate duathlon race for kids aged 8–15 consisting…

Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh

Thu 1 Jan 2015

0844 573 8455

Schiltron

See how the Scots of the 16th century fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself.

Edinburgh Castle

Thu 1 Jan 2015

Included in admission / 0131 225 9846

Fri 2 Jan 2015

Included in admission / 0131 225 9846

Sat 3 Jan 2015

Included in admission / 0131 225 9846

Sun 4 Jan 2015

Included in admission / 0131 225 9846

The Sooty Show

Sweep, Soo and Richard join the loveable bear to celebrate his birthday party – where things don't seem to be going to plan.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thu 9 Apr 2015

£15–£30

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Mon 30 Mar 2015

£15 / 020 8561 8371

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Sun 22 Feb 2015

£15 / 08441 717620

Fri 3 Apr 2015

£15 / 08441 717620

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