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Edinburgh's Christmas Light Night

The capital's Christmas lights are switched on in unison, kicking off the official opening of all Edinburgh's Christmas attractions. Watch some dazzling fireworks and enjoy live music, with an estimated total 1,250 performers and Arlene Stuart from Forth Radio.

George Street, Edinburgh

Sun 23 Nov

Free

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Style Mile Christmas Parade

Heralding the launch of the festive shopping season a gang of street performers lead a Christmas procession through the streets of Glasgow. The parade starts at St Enoch square, heads up the Style Mile and finishes outside Glasgow Royal Concert Hall steps with a series of performances.

St Enoch Square, Glasgow

Sun 23 Nov

Free

Part of Glasgow Loves Christmas.

Stick Man

  • Directed by: Sally Cookson
  • Written by: Benji Bower (music)

A show about a family of stick people. Presented by Scamp Theatre. Ages 3+.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sun 23 Nov

£12–£19.50 ( £50–£60) / 0844 545 8252

  • 14:00 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London

Wed 26 Nov

£12–£19.50 ( £50–£60) / 0844 545 8252

  • 10:30 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London

Thu 27 Nov

£12–£19.50 ( £50–£60) / 0844 545 8252

  • 10:30 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London
…and 29 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

The Lowry, Salford

Tue 26 May 2015

Quays

£13.50 / 0844 545 8252

Wed 27 May 2015

Quays

£13.50 / 0844 545 8252

Thu 28 May 2015

Quays

£13.50 / 0844 545 8252

…and 3 more dates until 31 May 2015

The Dugdale Centre, Enfield

Wed 3 Dec

£8 / 020 8807 6680

Sun 7 Dec

£8 / 020 8807 6680

Sun 14 Dec

£8 / 020 8807 6680

Sun 21 Dec

£8 / 020 8807 6680

Hamstreet Christmas Shopping Pamper Frozen Fayre

A community Christmas shopping and pamer fayre will feature a huge range of Christmas shopping stalls. Jewellery accessories. tutu's. toys. Christmas gifts. and much more! Our main attractions will be a disney Frozen grotto. Meet Elsa, Anna and Olaf!

Victory Hall, Ashford

Sat 29 Nov

Free

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Room on the Broom

  • Directed by: Olivia Jacobs
  • Written by: Toby Mitchell (adapt)

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children with stories of witches, cats, dogs, birds and frogs. Ages 3+.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Wed 28 Jan 2015

£12 / 0121 236 4455

Fri 30 Jan 2015

£12 / 0121 236 4455

Sat 31 Jan 2015

£12 / 0121 236 4455

Sun 1 Feb 2015

£12 / 0121 236 4455

Grand Opera House, York

Mon 26 Jan 2015

£13 / 0844 871 3024

Tue 27 Jan 2015

£13 / 0844 871 3024

Grand Theatre, Swansea

Mon 9 Feb 2015

£12 / 01792 475715

Tue 10 Feb 2015

£12 / 01792 475715

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The Magic Paintbrush: Theatre Peckham (Over 3s)

In this colourful, exciting production of an old Chinese tale, the talented children of Theatre Peckham's performing arts programme join with professional actors to produce a marvellous, musical tale of magic.

Canada Water Culture Space, London SE16

Sat 6 Dec

£10 Gala Event; £9 (Children £7) / 020 8692 4446

Sat 13 Dec

£10 Gala Event; £9 (Children £7) / 020 8692 4446

Sat 20 Dec

£10 Gala Event; £9 (Children £7) / 020 8692 4446

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool

Sun 23 Nov

Free / 0151 478 4499

Polar The Titanic Bear

Listen to the adventures of the bear, based on a story originally written by Titanic survivor Daisy Corning Stone Spedden.

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool

Sat 27 Dec

Free / 0151 478 4499

Tue 30 Dec

Free / 0151 478 4499

Sun 11 Jan 2015

Free / 0151 478 4499

…and 3 more dates until 20 Feb 2015

Robinson Crusoe: Seaton Delaval Pantomime Society

A swashbuckling adventure packed full of fabulous costumes, stunning special effects, an abundance of comedy along with plenty of audience participation.

Seaton Delaval Arts Centre, Whitley Bay

Sat 6 Dec

£9 (£8; Children £8; £30) / 0191 237 5460

Sun 7 Dec

£9 (£8; Children £8; £30) / 0191 237 5460

Sat 13 Dec

£9 (£8; Children £8; £30) / 0191 237 5460

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Storytelling - Stargazing stories

Stories and music from Marion Kenny.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sun 23 Nov

Free / 0131 624 6200

Santa's Christmas Party

Some say the best part of Christmas time is the look of excitement on the faces of children as they anticipate the arrival of the big man himself. Well, as he does every year, Santa will be taking part in a pre-season warm-up event at Topgolf.

Topgolf Game Centre, Chigwell

Sat 13 Dec

£12

Sun 14 Dec

£12

Topgolf Surrey, Addlestone

Sat 13 Dec

£12

Sun 14 Dec

£12

Topgolf Watford

Sat 13 Dec

£12

Sun 14 Dec

£12

Winter Festival 2014

Get into the Christmas spirit with festive shopping, Christmas decorations, lunch and mince pies, a Christmas market, and a visit from Father Christmas.

National Trust: Coughton Court, Alcester

Sun 23 Nov

Free, plus admission £9.35, child £4.70, family £23.60 / 01789 400777

Mon 24 Nov

Free, plus admission £9.35, child £4.70, family £23.60 / 01789 400777

Tue 25 Nov

Free, plus admission £9.35, child £4.70, family £23.60 / 01789 400777

…and 5 more dates until 30 Nov

Shakespeare Untold: The Convict's Tale

Four young lovers run into the woods and fall victim to mischievous sprites in a family-friendly re-interpretation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London SE1

Sat 17 Jan 2015

£15 / 020 7401 9919

Aladdin

Panto veterans Grant Stott, Andy Gray and Allan Stewart take to the stage to present Aladdin complete with special effects.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Nov

£14–£30 (£11–£27) / 0131 529 6000

Sun 30 Nov

£14–£30 (£11–£27) / 0131 529 6000

Wed 3 Dec

£14–£30 (£11–£27) / 0131 529 6000

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Cinderella

Spillers Pantomimes present their take on the classic rags-to-riches fairy tale with song and dance routines a plenty.

Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre

Sat 29 Nov

£13.50–£14.50 / 01698 403120

Sun 30 Nov

£13.50–£14.50 / 01698 403120

Sat 6 Dec

£13.50–£14.50 / 01698 403120

…and 11 more dates until 29 Dec

Grand Cinema Club – Winter Wonderland

A series of Christmas film screenings in a suitably festive atmosphere.

The Millennium Knightsbridge Hotel, London SW1X

Sun 30 Nov

£12 (Children £7.50)

Sun 7 Dec

£12 (Children £7.50)

Sun 14 Dec

£12 (Children £7.50)

Santa Dash and Reindeer Run

Santa and his reindeer are around as competitors run, jog or walk 6k in aid of St Andrew's Hospice. Adults are given a Santa suit, while the wee ones get kitted out with reindeer antlers and flashing noses.

Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell

Sun 23 Nov

£10 (Children £5; Family £25) / 01698 402060

Dinosaur Zoo

Dinosaurs aren't extinct! They're just hiding out on the other side of the world. Dinosaur Zoo takes its Jurassic creations on tour with an opportunity for children to get right up close.

Birmingham Hippodrome

Tue 10 Mar 2015

£12.50 / 0844 338 5000

Thu 12 Mar 2015

£12.50 / 0844 338 5000

Fri 13 Mar 2015

£12.50 / 0844 338 5000

…and 2 more dates until 15 Mar 2015

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sun 23 Nov

Phone for prices / 023 8071 1811

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Fri 20 Feb 2015

£13.50–£16 / 0844 871 7645

Sat 21 Feb 2015

£13.50–£16 / 0844 871 7645

Sun 22 Feb 2015

£13.50–£16 / 0844 871 7645

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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)

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Model Railway Exhibition

All aboard for this model railway show – featuring over 35 layouts, modelling demonstrations, a miniature ride-on railway and more.

The Leisure Centre, Milton Keynes

Sat 14 Feb 2015

£5 (Children £3; Family £10) / 01908 324466

Santa's Dizzy Day: Imagine/Belgrade Theatre (Ages 2-6)

An interactive Christmas show for children, in which they sing songs, meet Santa, and hand him their Christmas letter before receiving a gift.

Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Thu 4 Dec

Green Room Bar

£9 / 01422 351158

Fri 5 Dec

Green Room Bar

£9 / 01422 351158

Sat 6 Dec

Green Room Bar

£9 / 01422 351158

The Woodville, Gravesend

Wed 10 Dec

£8.75–£12.75 / 01474 337774

Thu 11 Dec

£8.75–£12.75 / 01474 337774

Fri 12 Dec

£8.75–£12.75 / 01474 337774

…and 10 more dates until 24 Dec

Sleeping Beauty

Perth’s traditional Pantomime for 2014 will be Sleeping Beauty Perth Theatre is being transformed with a huge redevelopment so, this year’s panto will take place at Perth Concert Hall – all the fun of our usual panto but on a bigger scale!

Perth Concert Hall

Sat 13 Dec

£19.50 (£17.50; Children £12.50; Family £14.50) / 01738 621031

Mon 15 Dec

£16.50 (£14.50; Children £11.50; Family £12.50) / 01738 621031

Tue 16 Dec

£19.50 (£17.50; Children £12.50; Family £14.50) / 01738 621031

…and 8 more dates until 26 Dec

The Sooty Show

Sweep, Soo and Richard join the loveable bear to celebrate his birthday party – where things don't seem to be going to plan.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thu 9 Apr 2015

£15–£30

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Mon 30 Mar 2015

£15 / 020 8561 8371

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Sun 22 Feb 2015

£15 / 08441 717620

Fri 3 Apr 2015

£15 / 08441 717620

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…and at 6 other places

Twinkle Tots Dance & Movement (Ages 1-4)

A dance and music session for young children aimed at introducing them to the worlds of sound and movement.

Granville Theatre & Cinema, Ramsgate

Thu 27 Nov

Children £3 / 01843 591750

Thu 4 Dec

Children £3 / 01843 591750

Thu 11 Dec

Children £3 / 01843 591750

Thu 18 Dec

Children £3 / 01843 591750

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