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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

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

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

The Edgeley Park Stadium Antiques, Collectors and Vintage Fair

Antique and collectors fair featuring up to 100 stalls with a huge variety of goods, set in a lavish suite in Stockport County's iconic stadium.

Edgeley Park, Stockport

Sun 7 Dec

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

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

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The List Charity Bake Sale

The List are a naturally benevolent lot, and as Christmas is the time for giving we are rising to the occasion by holding a bake sale in our lovely courtyard. There are a myriad of tasty goodies, and maybe some mulled wine, so get your best tacky winter knitwear on and come along and help the homeless. All money raised…

Tweeddale Court, Edinburgh

Thu 18 Dec

Free / 0131 550 3062

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

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.

Fresh Start Charity Sale

Buy up some baked goods, bric a brac, crafts and more and help raise funds for homelessness charity Fresh Start while you're at it.

The Fresh Start Food Station, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Nov

Free / 0131 476 7741

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

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Antiques, Collectors and Vintage Fair

Get stuck in about the antique, vintage and collectibles to see if you can bag a bargain.

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

Sun 30 Nov

£2 (Children free) / 07816 220136

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

Epilepsy Action Reindeer Fun Run

Dress up as a Dasher, Dancer, Prancer or Rudolph and take part in a festive 5k fun run for Epilepsy Action. There's a medal and a mince pie for all runners and Hall Royd Band are performing carols. Any reindeer calves wanting to race can take part in the children's fun run.

Roberts Park, Saltaire

Sun 7 Dec

£2.50–£12 / 0113 210 8797

Jingle Bell Jog

Don your free Santa suit and walk, jog or frolic your way around a two mile course to raise funds for St Mary's Hospice. Remember to carb load the night before – plenty of mince pies and chocolate coins.

Kings Heath, Birmingham

Sun 7 Dec

£12 (Children £6; under 5s free) / 0121 472 1191

Ticket prices includes a Santa suit for adults and children and a Santa hat for under 5s

An Afternoon with World Swimming Champion, Ollie Hynd (MBE)

An afternoon of fundraising, meet and greets, photos and even a spot of adventure golf Commonwealth Gold medalist swimmer Ollie Hynd.

The Lost City, Nottingham

Fri 12 Dec

£3.50–£5.50 / 0115 985 9455

Email venue to reserve a place.

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The Ashridge Trail Half Marathon

Run 13.1 miles of off-road trail through 2000 acres of woodland to raise funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care. The event is open to all abilities levels and supporters can enjoy a relaxing picnic in the countryside while you get your sweat on.

Ashridge House, Berkhamsted

Sun 7 Jun 2015

£20 before 31st December 2014; £25 after / 01442 820740

Bandstand Beer and Music Festival

The largest indie beer and music festival in the Highlands, boasting more than 100 real ales from all over the world, including some brewed right here at home. Expect live music, specialty food, charity stalls and a barbecue.

Bandstand Bar and Restaurant, Nairn

Thu 2 Apr 2015

By donation / 01667 452341

Fri 3 Apr 2015

By donation / 01667 452341

Sat 4 Apr 2015

By donation / 01667 452341

…and 8 more dates until 12 Apr 2015

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.

Christmas Carnaby Market

Vintage and craft fair with local traders from Fife and Tayside.

Salutation Hotel, Perth

Sun 30 Nov

Free normally 50p mention The List for free entry / 07904102216

Christmas Craft Fair

Fundraising Christmas fair with local products including jewellery, cards, honey, Christmas decorations and other items, plus kids' activities.

Windlestone School, Ferryhill

Tue 2 Dec

Free / 01388 720337

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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

Christmas Tree Festival

A two-day winter wonderland with stalls, gifts, rides, live music – and a little visit from Mr Claus.

Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Bedford

Sat 6 Dec

Free / 01234 762615

Sun 7 Dec

Free / 01234 762615

Colour Me Happy 5K

A very colourful run from Isabel Hospice, where participants start off in white, and as the 5k run progresses they get covered in multi-coloured powder paint. This event is for ages 5+, though runners aged 5–15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Leventhorpe School Fields, Sawbridgeworth

Sun 26 Jul 2015

Prices vary

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

Dennistoun Diggers Community Craft Fair

Christmas craft fair raising funds for East Glasgow's crack team of community gardeners.

Dennistoun New Church Hall, Glasgow

Sat 13 Dec

Free

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