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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

Sat 20 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

Sun 21 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

Mon 22 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

…and 2 more dates until 24 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

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

Sat 20 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

Sun 21 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

Mon 22 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

…and 13 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

Sat 20 Dec

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

Sun 21 Dec

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

Mon 22 Dec

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

…and 8 more dates until 31 Dec

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Story Trail

Travel into the magical world of Narnia, a land inhabited by fantastical fauns and busy beavers.

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking

Sat 20 Dec

Standard entry fees apply / 0845 260 9000

Sun 21 Dec

Standard entry fees apply / 0845 260 9000

Mon 22 Dec

Standard entry fees apply / 0845 260 9000

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Glasgow Christmas Market

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Christmas market with German bratwurst, sweet treats and a sparkling array of gifts and decorations. The legendary Gluhwein House returns serving Gluhwein, Bavarian beers and mulled cider in festive flavours including Rocking Robin and Merry Mixed Berry.

Argyle Street, Glasgow

Sat 20 Dec

Free

Sun 21 Dec

Free

Santa's Grotto

Visit Santa in his Christmas village, climb into his magic sleigh and receive a special gift.

Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock

Sun 21 Dec

£4–£6 / 01563 554734

An Audience With Father Christmas

Visit Father Christmas and receive a special present, includes story telling and a mince pie for every child.

National Trust: Lyme Park, Stockport

Sat 20 Dec

£6 per child / 01663 762023

Sun 21 Dec

£6 per child / 01663 762023

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 20 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Mon 22 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Tue 23 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Wed 24 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Excalibur Computer Fairs

Computer and technology fair.

The National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull

Sat 20 Dec

£4 ( £2.50; £2.50; £2) / 01675 443311

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Scotland Street Santa School

Learn some crucial Santa skills, just in case there's a Christmas emergency. Make your own Santa beard, learn how to shake your belly like a bowl of jelly, learn how to control a sleigh and make some yummy reindeer food for Rudolph and the gang. All participants get a certificate. Please note Santa is too busy in the…

Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow

Sun 21 Dec

Free / 0141 287 0500

Frozen Tea Party

A festive screening of Disney's Frozen with activities and mystery special guest.

The Grosvenor Café, Glasgow

Sun 21 Dec

£12.50 (Children £10.50) / 0845 166 6028

Mrs Claus Christmas Party

While Santa is busy, Mrs Claus will be hosting her Christmas party with games, storytelling and a personal escort to her very special grotto. Join Mrs Claus for extra special festive fun at her Christmas party. Enjoy games, a sing-a-long-Christmas-carols and storytelling while you indulge in your Christmas treats. Every…

Pollok House, Glasgow

Wed 24 Dec

Children £10 / 0844 493 2202

Yuletide Trail

Discover clues in the stableyard and garden and learn more about Christmas and Yuletide traditions.

National Trust: Belton House, Grantham

Sat 20 Dec

£1.50 plus admission £12.60, child £8, family £33.50 / 01476 566116

  • 10:30 – 15:00 Yuletide Trail National Trust: Belton House, Grantham

Sun 21 Dec

£1.50 plus admission £12.60, child £8, family £33.50 / 01476 566116

  • 10:30 – 15:00 Yuletide Trail National Trust: Belton House, Grantham

Mon 22 Dec

£1.50 plus admission £12.60, child £8, family £33.50 / 01476 566116

  • 10:30 – 15:00 Yuletide Trail National Trust: Belton House, Grantham
…and 9 more dates until 31 Dec

Macduff Farmers’ Market

Over a decade old, Macduff is a well-supported market of food and craft stalls, with more of an emphasis on the latter in recent years. Taking place on the last Saturday of the month at Macduff’s Fishmarket. Food stallholders include Bogside Farm Shop’s Highland beef, the Old Dragon Kitchen’s jams and chutneys, TPS fruit…

Fishmarket, Banff

Sat 27 Dec

Free / 01261 821244

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Santa Cruise

A cruise from Edinburgh Quay to celebrate the festive season with games, songs, craft and a wee visit from the man himself.

Re-Union Canal Boats, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Dec

£10 (under 12 months free) / 0131 261 8529

Mon 22 Dec

£10 (under 12 months free) / 0131 261 8529

Santa's Farmyard Cottage

Visit Santa in his farmyard cottage, meet the animals and make your own Christmas decorations in the museum.

Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Livingston

Sat 20 Dec

£5 (Santa Ticket £3.50) / 01506 414957

Sun 21 Dec

£5 (Santa Ticket £3.50) / 01506 414957

Mon 22 Dec

£5 (Santa Ticket £3.50) / 01506 414957

…and 2 more dates until 24 Dec

Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink

Glide like an angel, or fall like a toddler; have fun either way on the ice rink set below Edinburgh Castle, a now traditional feature of the city's Christmas fun. Lessons are available on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4pm–6pm.

East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 20 Dec

£9 (£5; Family £20)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Sun 21 Dec

£9 (£5; Family £20)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Mon 22 Dec

£9 (£5; Family £20)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

…and 12 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Roaring Twenties: Live Jazz At Lyme

Toe-tapping sounds of the 1920s with the Ged Hone Jazz Group.

National Trust: Lyme Park, Stockport

Sat 27 Dec

£4 / 01663 762023

Sun 28 Dec

£4 / 01663 762023

Sat 3 Jan 2015

£4 / 01663 762023

…and 5 more dates until 1 Feb 2015

The Beatroot and Lace Bazaar

A vintage fair with highly creative flair, with artists and musicians, vintage sellers, artisan makers and more.

The Art School, Glasgow

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 07787 404268

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Car Boot Sale

Bag yourself a bargain at this weekly car boot sale. Sellers should book ahead and arrive from 7.30am.

Great Parndon Community Association, Harlow

Sun 21 Dec

Free from 10am, £2 before / 07850 445533

7.30am start for sellers.

  • 08:30 Car Boot Sale Great Parndon Community Association, Harlow

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

Great2Skate

This synthetic skating rink beside Tameside Christmas Market will be opened on Dec 2 by Frozen ’s Princess Elsa herself. After that it's up to you to make the festive magic.

Various venues: Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside

Sat 20 Dec

£5 (Children £3.50; Family £15)

Sun 21 Dec

£5 (Children £3.50; Family £15)

Hackney Flea Market

Get your paws on vintage fabrics, clothes, jewellery, furniture and knick knacks.

Abney Hall, London N16

Sun 4 Jan 2015

Free / 07986 296949

Sat 10 Jan 2015

Free / 07986 296949

Sun 1 Feb 2015

Free / 07986 296949

…and 6 more dates until 9 May 2015

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

Sat 20 Dec

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

Sun 21 Dec

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

Mon 22 Dec

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

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