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24 Doors of Advent

Every day throughout December until Christmas Eve, a building in Edinburgh that is usually closed to the public will open its doors in this unique twist on the advent calender. Sorry though, it's unlikely there'll be a tiny chocolate shaped like a snowman behind these doors.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Mon 1 Dec

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Tue 2 Dec

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Wed 3 Dec

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Dec

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.

George Square, Glasgow

Thu 27 Nov

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

  • 12:00 – 10:00

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's 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

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Erotica Show 2014

The consumer lifestyle show and exhibition with an opportunity to purchase adult toys and romantic gifts, fashionwear and jewellery, books and magazines, and meet glamour models or adult film performers, view a stage show and attend seminars, discussions and workshops, on all things erotic. Not suitable for ages below 18.

Tobacco Dock, London E1W

Fri 28 Nov

Times to be confirmed / Cancelled

Sat 29 Nov

Times to be confirmed / Cancelled

Sun 30 Nov

Times to be confirmed / Cancelled

Crime Writers' Mr and Mrs

A panel event with literary couples, including Russel McLean & Lesley McDowell, Helen Fitzgerald & Sergio Casci and Craig Robertson & Alexandra Sokoloff.

Waterstones, Glasgow

Thu 27 Nov

Free / 0141 248 4814

  • 19:00
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St Andrew's Day Celebrations

The capital celebrates Scotland's patron saint with a programme of free events in St Andrew Square. There's storytelling in the Spiegeltent with Jess Smith and Aiden Moffat; Scottish dance workshops led by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society; a Family Ceilidh hosted by the Robert Fish Band and demonstrations on the…

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Nov

Free

All events are free but some workshops and performances are ticketed. Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Edinburgh's Christmas

Six weeks of winter wonderland in Edinburgh, with the east side of Princes Street transformed by a fairground, a host of colourful lights and the fabled German Christmas market with dozens of stalls selling traditional trinkets and crafts as well as delicious Teutonic treats (and, of course, glühwein). The ice rink has…

City Centre, Edinburgh

Thu 27 Nov

Times & prices vary

Fri 28 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sat 29 Nov

Times & prices vary

…and 36 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Capital City Roller Derby Doubleheader: A Bridge Too Far

Capital City Roller Derby, Edinburgh's only mens' roller derby league, host its first home game, with a bridge theme. First up it's the Auld Reekie Roller Girls' Cannon Belles v Malmö's Crime City Rollers B followed by Capital City Roller Derby v Bristol Vice Quads. As well as the thrills and spills of roller derby there…

Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Nov

£7–£8 (children free) / 0131 661 5351

  • 12:30 – 17:30

The Feastival of St Andrew

Some top-notch Scottish street food, music, spoken word and street art at this feastival in honour of St Andrew's Day.

SWG3, Glasgow

Sun 30 Nov

£5 (free before 2pm; children free all day) / 0141 357 7246

  • 12:00 – 00:00

The Winter Brocante at Petworth House & Parkland

A fair dedicated to country home interiors.

Petworth House

Sat 29 Nov

£5 (under 14s free) / 01403 780381

  • 09:30 – 17:00
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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

Thu 27 Nov

Free

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Fri 28 Nov

Free

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Sat 29 Nov

Free

  • 10:00 – 21:00
…and 22 more dates until 21 Dec

Neu! Reekie!

Avant-garde spoken word, film and music fusion night describing itself as 'playing host to the sinister and the sanguine'.

Pilrig St Paul's Church, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Nov

£8 / 0131 553 1876

The End of Year Bash with Honeyblood (solo), Kirsty Logan, Loki with Becci Wallace, Duglas T Stewart (spoken word slot) and Moon Hop (DJ Whisky Stephen with FOUND).

  • 19:00 – 23:00

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

Sat 29 Nov

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

  • 10:00
  • 12:30
  • 14:00
  • 15:30

Sun 30 Nov

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

  • 10:00
  • 12:30
  • 14:00
  • 15:30

Sat 6 Dec

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

  • 10:00
  • 12:30
  • 14:00
  • 15:30
…and 6 more dates until 22 Dec

Santa Dash 2014

Run, walk or jog as you jingle around a beautiful park in support of Deafblind Scotland.

Mugdock Country Park, Milngavie

Sun 14 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0141 777 5824

Brancepeth Castle Christmas Craft Fair

3-day, quality craft fair exhibiting own-make British crafts. Approx 70 stalls inside Grade 1 listed castle. Fairs established 1987. Open Fri, Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 12:00-17:00. Entry £2.50/£1.50 OAP, free U14yrs accompanied. Tearooms. Free parking.

Brancepeth Castle, Durham

Fri 28 Nov

£2.50 ( £1.50) / 0191 378 0628

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sat 29 Nov

£2.50 ( £1.50) / 0191 378 0628

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 30 Nov

£2.50 ( £1.50) / 0191 378 0628

  • 12:00 – 17:00
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Glasgow Loves St Andrew's Day

Glasgow once again gets down for Saint Andrew, with ceilidhs, kids' shows, storytelling sessions and film screenings.

George Square, Glasgow

Sat 29 Nov

Times & prices vary

Part of Glasgow Loves Christmas.

Sun 30 Nov

Times & prices vary

Part of Glasgow Loves Christmas.

Mon 1 Dec

Times & prices vary

Part of Glasgow Loves Christmas.

Glasgow Loves Christmas

Six weeks of festive celebrations in Glasgow city centre. Watch the centre be lit up at Glasgow Christmas Lights switch-on, race 5k dressed as Mr Claus at the Santa Dash, watch the parade at the Style Mile Christmas Carnival and enjoy the outdoor ice skating rink at Glasgow On Ice.

Various venues: Glasgow

Thu 27 Nov

Times & prices vary

Fri 28 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sat 29 Nov

Times & prices vary

…and 32 more dates until 31 Dec

On the Rocks Student Arts Festival

The sixth year for this student-run arts festival promises more shows, concerts and exhibitions for all the family.

Various venues: St Andrews

Fri 3 Apr 2015

Times & prices vary

Sat 4 Apr 2015

Times & prices vary

Sun 5 Apr 2015

Times & prices vary

…and 7 more dates until 12 Apr 2015

Big Burns Supper

Stars from across the country congregate as Dumfries celebrates the birth of the Baird with a vast selection of dance, theatre, visual arts, live art and comedy, turning Burns' Night into a festival of contemporary arts.

Various venues, Dumfries

Fri 23 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

Sat 24 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

Sun 25 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 01387 271820

…and 6 more dates until 31 Jan 2015

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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Scottish Coffee Festival

The very first Scottish Coffee Festival showcases coffee roasters and local cafes. Visitors can create their own latte art, enjoy live music courtesy of The Penny Pluckers and Kerri Watt and sup a caffeinated beverage or two.

Drygate Brewing Co., Glasgow

Sat 29 Nov

£8 / 0141 212 8810

Ticket price includes one hot drink.

  • 11:00 – 18:00

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

  • 16:00 – 19:00

Christmas Sale

Browse products made by local designers, makers, artists and bakers and pick up some unique gifts for Christmas. bakery47 are on hand to provide essential shopping snacks.

Grey Wolf Studios, Glasgow

Fri 12 Dec

Free

  • 17:00 – 21:00

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.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Sat 7 Feb 2015

£28 (£24) / 01892 530613

  • 17:00
  • 19:45

Sun 8 Feb 2015

£28 (£24) / 01892 530613

  • 15:00
  • 19:30

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Wed 11 Feb 2015

£17–£23 (£18–£20; Children £16.50 under 16s) / 020 8561 8371

  • 19:30

Thu 12 Feb 2015

£17–£23 (£18–£20; Children £16.50 under 16s) / 020 8561 8371

  • 19:45

Fri 13 Feb 2015

£17–£23 (£18–£20; Children £16.50 under 16s) / 020 8561 8371

  • 17:00

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Fri 20 Feb 2015

£19–£26 (Children £5 under 16s) / 01223 357851

  • 20:30

Sat 21 Feb 2015

£19–£26 (Children £5 under 16s) / 01223 357851

  • 15:00
  • 17:00
  • 19:00

Sun 22 Feb 2015

£19–£26 (Children £5 under 16s) / 01223 357851

  • 15:00
  • 19:00

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Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Edinburgh's world-famous Hogmanay celebration ushers the new year in with a bang. A Torchlight Procession winds through the historic Old Town and onto a son et lumiere on Calton Hill on 30 Dec, a massive street party with live music from Lily Allen (with more acts tbc) that culminates with Midnight Fireworks from the…

Various venues, Edinburgh

Tue 30 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 573 8455

Wed 31 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 573 8455

Thu 1 Jan 2015

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 573 8455

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