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Souper Saturday Postcard Sale

Postcard art from local artists is on sale (as well as live music) to raise funds for Souper Saturday which provides food for the homeless.

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Nov

Free / 0131 229 7565

The Twelve Elves of Christmas Elf Hunt

Follow this story of the twelve elves of Christmas and see if you can find them hiding in the nooks and crannies of the Royal Mile.

Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh

Mon 1 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

Tue 2 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

Wed 3 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

…and 21 more dates until 24 Dec

Epilepsy Scotland Gala Christmas Concert

Stylish charity gala concert with carols and operatic song from the Orchestra and the Chorus of the Canongait and children from East Lothian schools, with drinks and canapés afterwards.

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

Sat 6 Dec

£20 / 0141 427 4911

The Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival

Explore a special festive forest of lit-up Christmas trees, with live music to boot.

St Andrew's and St George's Church, Edinburgh

Sat 6 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Mon 8 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Tue 9 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

…and 13 more dates until 24 Dec

Clutha Trust Launch Night

The trust launches with a night of live music featuring performances from Bombskare, Rose Room, The Girobabies, Mickey 9s, The Mighty Sparrahawk and Carlton Jugband.

Barrowland, Glasgow

Fri 28 Nov

£10 / 0141 552 4601

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The Great Edinburgh Santa Fun Run

It's a wonder Santa can run anywhere after all those mince pies, but never the less, run he does. Thousands of him. All to raise funds for the 'When You Wish Upon a Star' charity to grant Christmas wishes to sick children. Price includes a Santa suit to keep (or elf hat for kids).

West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Sun 14 Dec

£10 (Children 5–11 £5; Children 2–4 £2.50) / 01357 529950

Ticket price includes Santa suit and medal. All participants are asked to raise £20.14 for the charity. Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Charity Christmas Fete

Roll up, roll up for a Christmas fete in aid of the charity HCPT. There's tea and cakes, face painting, eyebrow threading, a nail technician and all manner of exciting stalls on offer. Plus, that Santa fella is said to be stopping by.

St Columbkille's Church, Rutherglen

Sat 6 Dec

Free / 07729 207799

Please note: Stalls cost £20 to run and must be paid in advance.

Pitlochry Christmas Tree Festival

Two day festival of Christmas trees, featuring displays from local businesses, voluntary organisations, charities, groups, clubs and families. Also featuring a craft market, music and refreshments.

Pitlochry Church

Sat 29 Nov

£2.50 per day / 01796 472160

Sun 30 Nov

£2.50 / 01796 472160

Cardinal Winning Charity Ball

Charity ball raising funds for projects in and around Glasgow including a champagne reception, four-course dinner, dancing, an auction conducted by Andy Cameron and a raffle with the star prize being a new car. Last years ball raised over £80,000 for local charities including The Wayside Club for the homeless and the…

Crowne Plaza, Glasgow

Fri 5 Dec

£80 / 0141 569 2867

The Chester Antiques, Collectors & Vintage Fair

Craft, vintage, retro and handmade goods for sale at over 100 stalls.

Northgate Arena Leisure Centre, Chester

Sat 29 Nov

£2 (£1.50; Children free) / 07816 220136

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British Red Cross Christmas Fair

A chance to peruse over 90 stalls at this Christmas market, with a range of gifts from clothing to furniture to crafts, plus live entertainment, all in support of the Red Cross' good work. There's also chocolate tasting workshops, homemade food, a unique WWI exhibition and a chance for children to visit Santa's grotto.

Kensington Town Hall, London W8

Wed 26 Nov

£10 (Children under 10 free including visit to grotto) / 020 7877 7606

Dunfermline Children's Gala Concert

A fundraising concert, where Christmas songs are sung by children from schools in Dunfermline and Rosyth.

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Wed 26 Nov

£8 (£4) / 01383 740384

Thu 27 Nov

£8 (£4) / 01383 740384

Glasgow Coffee Festival

A one-day festival celebrating the mighty coffee bean and showcasing the specialty coffee scene in Scotland. There are tastings, competitions, presentations and music on offer with all proceeds going to Coffee Kids UK and SocialBite.

The Briggait, Glasgow

Sat 6 Dec

£9 / 0141 553 5890

Ticket price includes one hot drink.

St Oswalds Light Up A Life

Help light up the tree in memory of loved ones.

St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle upon Tyne

Wed 17 Dec

Free / 0191 246 9123

Commando Spirit: Survive The Yomp

Help raise funds for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund at this special activity day out. Take on the challenge of the Yomp: the intense 30-mile test the Royal Marines have to face to complete their training.

Achnacarry and Spean Bridge, Fort William

Sat 12 Sep 2015

£150 / 0844 693 1944

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Edinburgh Santa Toddle & Parade

Join Santa and his reindeer on a festive parade with George Watsons Pipes & Drums. Kids are welcome to dress as elves, and infants or toddlers in buggies are welcome. All toddlers receive a medal,certificate and goody bag. Ages 6 and under.

Inverleith Park, Edinburgh

Sun 7 Dec

accompanying adults free (Children £5) / 0131 208 2500

Balkans Charity Fundraiser

Guitarist Dan Abrahams organises this night of folk and blues to raise funds for The Balkans Music Camp. Line-up includes Rona & Marit, Croatian singer Erik Balija with the Foo Birds, New Urban Frontier and The Blueswater.

The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

Thu 4 Dec

£5 (£4) / 0131 220 4298

Carols in the Chapel

Local choir Braughing Sing performs Christmas carols in the chapel.

Haileybury College, Hertford

Thu 18 Dec

£15 including festive refreshments / 01992 706200

Christmas in the City

STV Glasgow's The Riverside Show presenters Jennifer Reoch and David Farrell host a charity Christmas lunch featuring a catwalk-based show telling the story of Christmas in Glasgow as well as performances from Carrie Mac and the Bay City Rollers. Funds raised go to the STV Appeal and Kilbryde Hospice.

Thistle Glasgow Hotel

Fri 5 Dec

£950 per table of ten / 01698 459966

East Neuk Bolt

Dress up like Father Christmas and run one mile along Elie Beach for charity. Organised by East Neuk of Fife Round Table, entry fee gets you a Santa suit to keep as well as festive refreshments at the finish line. Run for fun or race to win The Golden Mince Pie. Register in advance via Facebook; on event day registration…

Elie Pavillion

Sun 14 Dec

£10 / 01333 311243

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Evening Express Carol Concert

Featuring schools from around the North East performing Christmas music and carols. All money raised goes to local charities.

Music Hall, Aberdeen

Tue 2 Dec

£6–£8 / 01224 641122

Garvald Masked Ceilidh

Charity ceilidh in support of Garvald Edinburgh, which helps people with learning difficulties. With music from Carrie on Dancing ceilidh band and The Pearls, a licensed organic and locally-sourced bar, and a raffle.

Edinburgh Steiner School

Sat 6 Dec

£10–£15 (£5–£6.50; under 12s £3.50; under 5s free) / 07590 116750

Laugh Till It Hurts

A truly impressive line-up of funny people.

The Bloomsbury Theatre, London WC1H

Wed 28 Jan 2015

£15 / 07713 904025

The Comedy Store, London SW1Y

Mon 12 Jan 2015

£14.30 / 07713 904025

With Jen Brister, Jeff Innocent, Kevin Day, Lloyd Langford, Pete Firman, Keith Farnan, Wayne Deakin and Sofie Hagen. Presented by the Aid Foundation.

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation Christmas Fair

Christmas shopping and a family day out rolled into one. There's arts, crafts, refreshments and festive entertainment, all in aid of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.

Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Nov

£2 (Children free) / 0131 668 4949

Black Tie & Heels Charity Ball

Heel & Toe's children's charity host a black tie ball with champagne reception, four course meal, a live auction, grand raffle and live entertainment hosted by entertainer Steve Walls. All proceeds raised go towards providing free therapy to children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities in the North East.

Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Fri 28 Nov

£65 / 01913 868606

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