Before 5pm, Days out

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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

Thu 18 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

Fri 19 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

Sat 20 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

…and 16 more dates until 5 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

Wed 17 Dec

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

Thu 18 Dec

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

Fri 19 Dec

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

…and 11 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

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

Thu 18 Dec

Free

Fri 19 Dec

Free

Sat 20 Dec

Free

Sun 21 Dec

Free

Loony Dook

Dive into 2015 with a dip off South Queensferry. Gather for the parade, led by the Beastie Drummers, and watch as the swimmers freeze their proverbials off under the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.

South Queensferry

Thu 1 Jan 2015

£9 registration fee / 0844 573 8455

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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

Thu 18 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

…and 3 more dates until 24 Dec

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

Bespoke Atelier Christmas Pop-Up Shop

The Bespoke Atelier team and friends take their art and craft to the Veneer Gallery. Sellers include Libby Walker, Joy Collection, Jen Kent, Finch and Fouracre, and Catherine Aitken.

Veneer Gallery, Glasgow

Thu 18 Dec

Free / 07818 824014

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 07818 824014

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 07818 824014

Sun 21 Dec

Free / 07818 824014

Remarket Edinburgh

A pop-up Christmas craft, design and art market, for all your creative gifting needs. Exhibiting artists and makers include Russell Dempster, Jennifer Argo, Euan McWhirter, Kirsty Whiten, Lucy MacLeod, Shona Guthrie, Fraser Gray and Little Dot Creations.

Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 18 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

Sat 20 Dec

£4–£6 / 01563 554734

Sun 21 Dec

£4–£6 / 01563 554734

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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

prices vary / 07986 527947

The Famous Spiegeltent, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Dec

£9 / 07986 527947

Hummingbird, Glasgow

Sun 28 Dec

£8 / 07986 527947

Sun 18 Jan 2015

prices vary / 07986 527947

Ae Spark o’ Nature’s Fire

Walk the Plank represent a unique fire garden experience in celebration of Scotland’s national bard. Outside there are fire installations and performances from Ayrshire Opera and Mischief La Bas as they present some of Burn's best kent characters. Inside there are stories, songs and Ayrshire fayre.

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Ayr

Mon 29 Dec

£5 (£3.50) / 0844 493 2601

Ticket price includes an evening of Burns entertainment with Ayrshire food and drink for sale, a timed fire garden walk, entry to the Auld Kirk graveyard and a hot drink from pedlars on the Brig o’ Doon. Part of Homecoming Scotland.

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

Sat 20 Dec

Children £10 / 0844 493 2202

Wed 24 Dec

Children £10 / 0844 493 2202

UK Running & Fitness Expo

Expo featuring the latest running technologies, fitness apparel, health and nutrition information.

EventCity, Manchester

Sat 3 Jan 2015

£8 / 0161 870 9800

Sun 4 Jan 2015

£8 / 0161 870 9800

Waverley Market @ Platform 2

Fifty stalls set up in Waverley by Local Motive Markets, offering ethical and local products from fresh produce to crafts.

Waverley Station, Edinburgh

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 0131 558 9644

Fri 26 Dec

Free / 0131 558 9644

Fri 2 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 558 9644

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Brat Kids Carnival

A colourful cabaret featuring mischief makers and circus acts. There's something for all the family in this production with everything from acrobatics to clowning and party tricks.

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Sat 27 Dec

£14

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Sun 28 Dec

£14

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Sat 3 Jan 2015

£14

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Sun 4 Jan 2015

£14

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

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

3D Winter Spectacle

An exhibition of 3D lights illuminate sections of Edinburgh's famous Grassmarket in the run up to Christmas.

Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Thu 18 Dec

Free

Fri 19 Dec

Free

A Closer Look Tour: Manchester Blitz

A chance to discover more about the Manchester Blitz and learn about the impact of air raids on local civilians, including Roy Taylor who witnessed the effects of the Blitz alongside his grandparents in Salford.

Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Thu 18 Dec

Free / 0161 836 4000

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 0161 836 4000

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 0161 836 4000

…and 3 more dates until 23 Dec

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

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Winchester Discovery Centre

Thu 18 Dec

£6 / 01962 873603

Sun 21 Dec

£6 / 01962 873603

Mon 22 Dec

£6 / 01962 873603

…and 2 more dates until 24 Dec

Rekorderlig Cider Lodge At The Southbank Centre's Winter Festival

Travel through a maze of blue spruce trees to Rekorderlig's beautifully Swedish Cider Lodge, complete with traditional fire pits, live music, authentic Swedish food & Rekorderlig cider. Open from 11th Nov 2014 4th Jan 2015 from 10:00-22:00

Southbank Centre, London SE1

Thu 18 Dec

Free / 0844 875 0073

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 0844 875 0073

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 0844 875 0073

…and 15 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

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

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 0141 287 0500

Sun 21 Dec

Free / 0141 287 0500

Stories Round the Tree

Cosy Christmas eve storytelling session gathered around the decorated Christmas tree with Fiona Herbert. Suitable for ages 4+.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Tue 23 Dec

£5 (£3; Children £3; Family £14) / 0131 556 9579

Wed 24 Dec

£5 (£3; Family £14) / 0131 556 9579

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