The fortnight's best events
IKEA Winter Festival Celebrate the festive season with children’s activities, Swedish food, a pantomime and the Christmas Wishing Tree. The Edinburgh store will also have an ice rink and farmers’ and continental markets. IKEA Glasgow & IKEA Edinburgh, until Sun 17 Dec. More details
Magnetic Lights: A Guide to the Aurora Learn how to see the Northern Lights, and construct an instrument to show its effects on the Earth’s magnetic field. Royal Observatory Visitor Centre, Edinburgh, Mon 4 Dec.
City Lights Twinkle, twinkle little bulb: a dour city comes to life with lights, as the Christmas decorations are switched on. For venues and times see www.edinburghschristmas.com, Edinburgh, until Wed 6 Dec.
German Christmas Markets Stave off the cold with copious amounts of glühwein, bratwurst and stollen cake, then browse stalls selling food, drink, crafts and toys. St Enoch Square, Glasgow, until Sat 23 Dec & Mound Square, Edinburgh, until Sun 24 Dec. More details