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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)

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)

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

Mon 1 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

Tue 2 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

Wed 3 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

…and 21 more dates until 24 Dec

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

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

Sun 30 Nov

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

Sat 6 Dec

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

…and 6 more dates until 22 Dec back to top

The RSNO Christmas Concert: The Snowman

A family-friendly concert of carols and seasonal tunes, including the now annual screening of Dianne Jackson's 1982 film of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman with live musical accompaniment, because nothing spells 'Christmas' like a magical fable about the transience of life. Christopher Bell conducts.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 20 Dec

£15–£35 (disabled/under 26s/mature students/unemployed £7.50–£17.50) / 0141 353 8000

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Dec

£15–£35 (disabled/under 26s/mature students/unemployed £7.50–£17.50) / 0131 228 1155

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

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

Fri 28 Nov

£12–£19.50 ( £50–£60) / 0844 545 8252

  • 10:30 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London
…and 28 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

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.

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

…and 36 more dates until 18 Jan 2015

The Elf By Herself

Festive show about the elf who grew tall. Ages 3–6.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 29 Nov

£8 (Family £21–£28) / 0141 552 4267

Sun 30 Nov

£8 (Family £21–£28) / 0141 552 4267

Mon 1 Dec

£8 (Family £21–£28) / 0141 552 4267

…and 30 more dates until 31 Dec back to top

Father Christmas

Follow the festive trail to find Father Christmas in his grotto then make decorations with the elves in their workshop.

The Alnwick Garden

Sat 29 Nov

Children £10 / 01665 511350

Sun 30 Nov

Children £10 / 01665 511350

Mon 1 Dec

Children £10 / 01665 511350

…and 17 more dates until 23 Dec

Fulham Palace, London SW6

Sun 30 Nov

£10 / 020 7736 8140

Sat 6 Dec

£10 / 020 7736 8140

Sun 7 Dec

£10 / 020 7736 8140

National Trust: Arlington Court, Barnstaple

Sat 13 Dec

Children £4 plus admission £9, child £4.50, family £23.50, adv booking required / 01271 850296

Sun 14 Dec

Children £4 plus admission £9, child £4.50, family £23.50, adv booking required / 01271 850296

Sat 20 Dec

Children £4 plus admission £9, child £4.50, family £23.50, adv booking required / 01271 850296

Sun 21 Dec

Children £4 plus admission £9, child £4.50, family £23.50, adv booking required / 01271 850296

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Rapunzel

  • Directed by: Anna Dobson
  • Written by: Philip Meeks

An all-singing, all-dancing festive pantomime featuring queens, princes and jesters and based on the well-known fairy tale of the girl the extraordinarily long hair.

The People's Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sat 6 Dec

£13 (£10.50; £42) / 0191 265 5020

  • 14:00 Rapunzel The People's Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sun 7 Dec

£13 (£10.50; £42) / 0191 265 5020

  • 14:00 Rapunzel The People's Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sat 13 Dec

£13 (£10.50; £42) / 0191 265 5020

  • 14:00 Rapunzel The People's Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sun 14 Dec

£13 (£10.50; £42) / 0191 265 5020

  • 14:00 Rapunzel The People's Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Scrooge's Christmas

Pantomime version of Charles Dickens's Christmas tale about the meanest miser of them all, and his fate at the hands of three hilarious ghosts.

The Market Place Theatre, Armagh

Sat 6 Dec

£13; £10 (Children £10; Children £8; £10; £10; £8; £8) / 02837 521821

Sun 7 Dec

£13; £10 (Children £10; Children £8; £10; £10; £8; £8) / 02837 521821

Sat 13 Dec

£13; £10 (Children £10; Children £8; £10; £10; £8; £8) / 02837 521821

…and 2 more dates until 21 Dec

Abacus: Maths Classes For Children

A chance for children to practice and improve their numeracy skills.

Headingley Enterprise And Arts Centre, Leeds

Sat 29 Nov

Phone for prices / 01132 754 548

Christmas Traditions

See old and new traditions and the house as it is decorated for the festive season, meet Father Christmas, and visit the mini market. Includes music, carols and crafts.

National Trust: Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks

Sat 29 Nov

Free, plus admission £10.40, child £5.20, family £26.30 / 01732 811145/810378

Sun 30 Nov

Free, plus admission £10.40, child £5.20, family £26.30 / 01732 811145/810378

Mon 1 Dec

Free, plus admission £10.40, child £5.20, family £26.30 / 01732 811145/810378

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The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot

The feelgood tale of a young boy who doesn't enjoy Christmas or exchanging gifts … until the tradition suddenly disappears. Ages 3–8.

The Arches, Glasgow

Thu 4 Dec

£9.50 (Children £5.50; Family £25) / 0141 565 1000

Fri 5 Dec

£9.50 (Children £5.50; Family £25) / 0141 565 1000

Sat 6 Dec

£9.50 (Children £5.50; Family £25) / 0141 565 1000

…and 29 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

The Little Mermaid: Starlight Youth Theatre

A family pantomime with spectacular costumes, stunning scenery and toe-tapping songs.

Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton

Sat 17 Jan 2015

£13 (£11) / 0151 666 0000

The Borough Sports Ground, Sutton

Sat 20 Dec

£12 stands transfer £1 (£6 stands transfer £1; £6 stands transfer £1; Children £2 under 16s, stands transfer £1) / 020 8644 4440

BodyWorks

An exhibition all about how your body works, with the chance to perform a virtual autopsy, run in a giant hamster wheel and become a 'snot ninja' (lovely). Compare your physiological stats with other visitors and find out about all the latest scientific research into your very own body.

Glasgow Science Centre

Wed 26 Nov

Included in admission / 0141 420 5000

  • 10:00 – 17:00 BodyWorks Glasgow Science Centre

Thu 27 Nov

Included in admission / 0141 420 5000

  • 10:00 – 17:00 BodyWorks Glasgow Science Centre

Fri 28 Nov

Included in admission / 0141 420 5000

  • 10:00 – 17:00 BodyWorks Glasgow Science Centre
…and 33 more dates until 31 Dec

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

Fri 13 Feb 2015

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

Cambridge Corn Exchange

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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Dick Whittington And The Pirate Treasure

Join lovable Dick Whittington and his loyal cat for a rags-to-riches magical pantomime extravaganza.

Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford

Sat 13 Dec

£15; £14; £14; £14; £15 (£12; £11; £11; £11; £11; Children £12; Children £11; Children £11; Children £11) / 020 8553 4466

Mon 15 Dec

£15; £14; £14; £14; £15 (£12; £11; £11; £11; £11; Children £12; Children £11; Children £11; Children £11) / 020 8553 4466

Tue 16 Dec

£15; £14; £14; £14; £15 (£12; £11; £11; £11; £11; Children £12; Children £11; Children £11; Children £11) / 020 8553 4466

…and 11 more dates until 17 Jan 2015

Lil' Pacs

Creative play sessions with guided storytellers and artists.

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

Fri 28 Nov

Free / 01522 882000

  • 10:00 – 11:30 Lil' Pacs Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

Minnows’ Tales (Under 5s)

Stories, songs and rhymes for youngsters and their carers.

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Mon 1 Dec

Free, plus admission £11.50, child £8, OAP £9.50, family £32, under 5s free / 01326 313388

Mon 8 Dec

Free, plus admission £11.50, child £8, OAP £9.50, family £32, under 5s free / 01326 313388

Mon 15 Dec

Free, plus admission £11.50, child £8, OAP £9.50, family £32, under 5s free / 01326 313388

…and 2 more dates until 29 Dec

Taster Talks

Meet at the entrance of the American Air Museum to learn more about specific aircraft and exhibits and their individual stories.

Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridge

Wed 26 Nov

£17.50; £14 unemployeed ( £14; £14) / 01223 835000

Thu 27 Nov

£17.50; £14 unemployeed ( £14; £14) / 01223 835000

Fri 28 Nov

£17.50; £14 unemployeed ( £14; £14) / 01223 835000

…and 33 more dates until 31 Dec

Three Wise Monkeys: Hiccup Theatre (Ages 3-7)

  • Written by: Mike Kenny

A play for children.

G Live, Guildford

Sat 29 Nov

£11 (£9) / 0844 770 1797

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