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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.

Farnham Maltings Christmas Fair

An annual Christmas event with over 150 stalls selling a wide range of Christmas gifts for adults and children, contemporary crafts and accessories including jewellery and textiles.

Farnham Maltings

Tue 9 Dec

£1 / 01252 745444

Wed 10 Dec

£1 / 01252 745444

New Lanark Christmas Experience

The New Lanark Christmas Experience features a pantomime, a trip to Santa's grotto and the Spirit of Christmas ride.

New Lanark World Heritage Village

Sat 29 Nov

£9.50; £35 two adults, two children; £48 two adults, four children / 01555 661345

Sun 30 Nov

£9.50; £35 two adults, two children; £48 two adults, four children / 01555 661345

Sat 6 Dec

£9.50; £35 two adults, two children; £48 two adults, four children / 01555 661345

…and 6 more dates until 24 Dec

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party

Famed as one of the best New Year celebrations in the world, thousands of revellers bring in the New Year in the centre of Edinburgh with a mix of live music, DJs and varying knowledge of the lyrics to 'Auld Lang Syne'. This year's line up includes Twin Atlantic, Young Fathers and The Twilight Sad on the Waverly Stage.

Princes Street, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Dec

£20 / 0844 573 8455

Saturday Art & Dance

A double bill of activities for kids alternating between art classes and dance sessions. The art classes use materials often found in the home environment, so they are easy to replicate. Children are split into two age groups, 5–8 years and 8–12 years, and a healthy snack is provided in the break between classes.

North Edinburgh Arts Centre

Sat 29 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 315 2151

Sat 6 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 315 2151

Sat 13 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 315 2151

Sat 20 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 315 2151

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Southside Fringe

A 17-day festival incorporating music, theatre and activities for all the family. Highlights this year include a production of Hamlet, Women in the Fringe art exhibition and burlesque from Lily and Roxy’s Lonely Hearts Club.

Southside, Glasgow

Fri 8 May 2015

Times & prices vary

Sat 9 May 2015

Times & prices vary

Sun 10 May 2015

Times & prices vary

…and 14 more dates until 24 May 2015

Brick Wonders

Architectural gems in Lego, created by Warren Elsmore.

Paisley Museum & Art Gallery

Fri 28 Nov

£4 (£3; Family £12) / 0300 300 1210

Sat 29 Nov

£4 (£3; Family £12) / 0300 300 1210

Sun 30 Nov

£4 (£3; Family £12) / 0300 300 1210

…and 68 more dates until 10 Feb 2015

Tamworth Castle

Sat 13 Dec

£3.50 (Children £6.50) / 01827 709626/709629

Sun 14 Dec

£3.50 (Children £6.50) / 01827 709626/709629

Sat 20 Dec

£3.50 (Children £6.50) / 01827 709626/709629

Sun 21 Dec

£3.50 (Children £6.50) / 01827 709626/709629

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

Sun 8 Feb 2015

£28 (£24) / 01892 530613

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Wed 11 Feb 2015

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

Thu 12 Feb 2015

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

Fri 13 Feb 2015

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

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Fri 20 Feb 2015

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

Sat 21 Feb 2015

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

Sun 22 Feb 2015

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

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City Freeze

Take inspiration from the Alexander Millar exhibition and help create a massive, chilly city frieze.

Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow

Sat 29 Nov

Free / 0141 287 0500

  • 10:00 – 14:00 City Freeze Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow
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Create

Fun, messy arts sessions for under 5s and their guardians.

North Edinburgh Arts Centre

Sat 29 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 315 2151

  • 10:00 Create North Edinburgh Arts Centre

Thu 4 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 315 2151

  • 10:00 Create North Edinburgh Arts Centre

Sat 6 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 315 2151

  • 10:00 Create North Edinburgh Arts Centre
…and 12 more dates until 24 Jan 2015

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

Fri 28 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sat 29 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sun 30 Nov

Times & prices vary

…and 31 more dates until 31 Dec

Glasgow Loves Hogmanay

A programme of family activities for the daytime and early evening of Hogmanay, including traditional music, children’s activities and Scottish food and drink.

George Square, Glasgow

Wed 31 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed

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)

TweedLove Bike Festival

Chosen as a Homecoming 2014 event, TweedLove is ten days of bike riding and good times in the iconic Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders. TweedLove encompasses all things cycling – from road and mountain bike races that attract pro cyclists to family rides through Peebles town centre and informal jaunts into the hills…

Various Venues, Peebles

Sun 17 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 555 0044

Mon 18 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 555 0044

Tue 19 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 555 0044

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Winter Solstice Family Fun Day

Learn how the dark winter days affect wildlife at this family day out. Featuring children's activities, quizzes and nature trail.

Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, Dunkeld

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 01350 727337

Sun 21 Dec

Free / 01350 727337

ARThouse

Get young artists' creative juices flowing in these fun workshops teaching all aspects of art, from drawing and painting to model making and jewellery design. Ages 5–8.

House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Sat 29 Nov

ARTPARK Pavilion

£85 includes all material and end of term show / 0141 353 4776

Please note: This course runs 20 Sep to 13 Dec

  • 09:30 – 10:45 ARThouse House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Sat 6 Dec

ARTPARK Pavilion

£85 includes all material and end of term show / 0141 353 4776

Please note: This course runs 20 Sep to 13 Dec

  • 09:30 – 10:45 ARThouse House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Sat 13 Dec

ARTPARK Pavilion

£85 includes all material and end of term show / 0141 353 4776

Please note: This course runs 20 Sep to 13 Dec

  • 09:30 – 10:45 ARThouse House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
…and 78 more dates until 28 Mar 2015

ARThouse

A 12-week course in hands-on art-making covering drawing and painting; printmaking; model making and sculpture; fashion and textiles; and jewellery design. Ages 9–12. Booking is essential.

House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Sat 29 Nov

£85 includes all materials and end of term show / 0141 353 4776

Please note: This course runs 20 Sep–13 Dec

  • 13:00 – 14:30 ARThouse House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Sat 6 Dec

£85 includes all materials and end of term show / 0141 353 4776

Please note: This course runs 20 Sep–13 Dec

  • 13:00 – 14:30 ARThouse House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Sat 13 Dec

£85 includes all materials and end of term show / 0141 353 4776

Please note: This course runs 20 Sep–13 Dec

  • 13:00 – 14:30 ARThouse House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
…and 78 more dates until 28 Mar 2015

The Carpet Forest

Art installation for kids.

The Cube, Malvern

Sun 21 Dec

Free

Mon 22 Dec

Free

Tue 23 Dec

Free

…and 4 more dates until 30 Dec

Christmas at Harmony House

Enjoy a Victorian Christmas this year at Harmony House in Melrose. Why not come along and meet Santa and his friends at Harmony House. Tell them what it is you'd like for Christmas and enjoy a slice of Christmas cake.

Harmony Garden, Melrose

Sat 6 Dec

Children £5 / 0844 493 2257

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Dancing Queen Christmas Party

A popular ABBA-themed seasonal show.

Ipswich Corn Exchange

Fri 5 Dec

£20 (£18.50) / 01473 433100

Lowther Pavillion, Lytham St. Annes

Thu 18 Dec

£18.50 (Children £17) / 01253 658666

Palace Theatre, Redditch

Sat 29 Nov

£19.25 (£18.50) / 01527 65203

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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

Frozen Christmas Market

Fun Christmas market with food, face painting, Santa's Grotto, reindeer rides, mulled wine and more.

Collis Primary School, Teddington

Sat 29 Nov

£1 / 020 8977 1458

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

Meadows Festival

Edinburgh's festival season kicks off with the Meadows Festival, which offers a local band line-up, dance groups, quirky performers and workshops amidst lots of family-friendly activities.

The Meadows, Edinburgh

Sat 6 Jun 2015

Times vary / Free

Sun 7 Jun 2015

Times vary / Free

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