Rain or shine, our at-a-glance guide will see you through. Events are listed under outdoors or indoors columns, and then divided by city. Kids listings compiled by Gabe Stewart.
Activities and Fun
I Winter Walk Cambusnethan Cemetary. Greenhead Road. Wishaw. meet at entrance. 0698 275125. Sun 18 Dec. 2pm. Free. See what the wildlife of Perchy Pond is doing in the depths of winter.
I Festive Cruise Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. Gourock Pier. Wilfred Gellatly 942 7397. Tue 27 Dec. 11am. £11 (£6) to include a dram or soft drink and Christmas cake. Christmas cruise on the M V Kent/n7)th from Gourock to Carrick Castle on Loch Goil. Lunch can be bought at The Carrick Castle Hotel. Pre-booking essential.
I Glasgow’s All Lit Up New Glasgow Society Shop. Argyle Street. Morag Pettigrew 959 3651. Mon 19 Dec. 6.15pm. £4. Coach tour of floodlit Glasgow. plus Christmas pies and mulled wine for after.
Activities and Fun
I linlithgow loch Wildfowl Count Meet at layby beside east end of loch. info: Malcolm Porteous 447 0539. Sun 18 Dec. 9.15am-noon. Free.
Activities and Fun
I Christmas Collage Chatelhereult Country Park. 0698 426213. Sun 17 Dec. 2—4pin. Free. 8—12 years. Pre-booking essential for this chance to learn about the real St Nicholas. Use fabric and glitter to make your own storyboard about Santa. I Christmas Activities Haggs Castle Museum. 100 St Andrew’s Drive. 427 2725. Activities limited to two per child. Free.
Sat 17 Dee 2.15pm. Tree decoration- making. 6—9 years.
Sun 18 Dec 2.15pm. Card-making. 4—7 years.
Sat 24 Dee 10.15am and 2.15pm. Santa and Rudolph puppet-making. 4—7 years. Tue 27 Dec 10.15am and 2.15pm. Traditional games. 6—9 years.
Wed 28 Dee 10.15am and 2.15pm. Storytelling and collage-making. 4—7 years.
Thurs 29 Dec 10.15am and 2.15pm. Yule log table decoration-making. 6—12 years. Fri 30 Dee 10.15am and 2.15pm. ‘Stained glass' picture-making. 4—7 years.
Sat 31 Dec 10.15am and 2.15pm. Puppet- inaking. 4—7 years.
Tue 3 Jan 1995 10.15am and 2.15pm. Calendar-making. 4—7 years.
W'r/ 4 Jun 1995 10.15am and 2.15pm. Weaving. 8—12 years.
Thurs 5 Jan 1995 10.15am and 2.15pm. Puppet-making. 4—7 years.
Fri 6 Jun 1995 10.15am and 2.15pm. Mask-making. 6—9 years.
Sat 7Jaii 1995 2.15pm. Storytelling and puppet-making. 4—7 years.
Sun 8 Jan 1995 2.15pm. Pomander- making. 6—12 years.
I Festive Activities St Mungo Museum. 2 Castle Street. 553 2557. Tue 3—Sun 8 Jan 1995. 1—3.30pm. Free. 7—12 years. Varied activities on the theme of festivals of light. include painting fire pictures. making puppets and Chinese lanterns and designing cards.
I Christmas and New Year Carnival SECC. Finnieston. 204 0123. Until Sun 15 Jan 1995. Opens Fri 16 Dec. 6.30-10.45pm; thereafter 1.45—10.45pm. £1. under fives free. Usual carnival rides to get you in the festive mood.
I Playtime Scotland Street School Museum. 225 Scotland Street (opposite Shields Road Underground Station). 429 1202. Go back in time in reconstructed classrooms ranging from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. to the 60s: write with a real nib pen and ink or wear the dunce’s cap. Outside in the playground children can play traditional games. with gird and cleek. whip and peerie. marbles or skipping rope. Games come in a pack containing full instructions. at a charge of 50p plus a £2 returnable deposit.
I Dinosaur Safari SECC. Hall 3. Finnieston. 248 9999. Until Fri 13 Jan 1995. 11am—8pm. £4 (£3) £12 family ticket. Fresh from the Natural History Museum in London. this exhibition may not be new but is improved. with additional activities for children. Featuring 21 moving. roaring exhibits. visitors can roam through the time tunnel. and then get to grips with the big beasts in the activity area. There they can get under the skin of a mechanical T Rex. get lost in interactive video games. make brass rubbings. make Plasticine models. or accept the ‘can you jump as far as a dinosaur step‘ challenge.
Theatre and Shows
I The Giant Christmas Present SECC. Finnieston. 248 9999. Until Fri 30 Dec. Shows for schools. nurseries and playgroups at 10am and 1.15pm; shows for public at 11am, 2pm and 6pm. £5—£7 (£4-£6). ‘family' (four tickets) £20. 3—10 years.
I Bobby Boberts’ Super Circus SECC. Finnieston. 248 9999. Until Sun 15 Jan 1995. 2.30pm. 7.30pm. £6, £9.
I The Whinltids Christmas Show Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 332 6633 or 225 5511. Until Wed 21 Dec. 10.30am and 1pm. £3.50. 3—10 years. An all-new story about two children's search for the real Santa. accompanied by an original score and incorporating plenty of dancing and audience participation.
Activities and Fun I Santa at Edinburgh Zoo Corstorphine
Road. 334 9171. Until Sat 24 Dec. Ham—4pm. £1 per child. Santa‘s not in the reindeer enclosure. but in the entrance foyer. and all proceeds support wildlife conservation. Every child receives a present from Santa. and you get to catch up on some Christmas shopping at the tempting Arkadia gift shop.
I Christmas story and craft sessions The Netherbow. 43—45 High Street. 556 9579. Sat 17 Dec. 2.30—4pm. £3. 6~9 years. This arts and crafts session highlights the Nativity story. after which kids can make angels to hang on the tree. or a variety of other festive decorations. I Thomas the Tank Engine Departs from the Scott Monument. Princes Street. Thurs 29 Dec—Mon 2 Jan 1995. 11am—5pm. All fares 50p.
I The Hogmanay Carnival Waterloo Place. Thur 29 Dec. 4—1 1pm; Fri 30 Dec. noon—1 1pm (closed from 7.30pm until torchlight procession has passed); Sat 31 Dec—Mon 2 Jan. noon—1 1pm. All the fun of the fair. including Ferris wheels. bumper cars. candy ﬂoss and The Terminator. a ride you‘ll never forget.
I The llogmanay Fair Grassmai'ket. Hi 30 Sat 31 Dec. 10am—5pm. Free. Children's fairground includes street theatre. bands. rides. hot food and chestnuts. with a special appearance by Thomas the Tank Engine on the Sat 31. I Hot Air Balloon Race Arthur's Seat.
Sun 1 Jan 1995. 1pm. Free. Day out for all the family.
I It’s a Small World Museum of Childhood. 42 High Street. 529 4142. Until Sat 11 Feb 1995. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Free. This new exhibition features doll‘s house furniture and miniatures. ranging from precious silver to cheap plastic. A children's activity day on Fri 6 Jan 1995 will give kids the chance to make their own doll‘s furniture. Elsewhere in the collection. the museum has welcomed two new residents in the
form of an 8ft high painted fibreglass and wood sculpture by award-winning artist Graham lbbeson.
I Storyworlds The Netberbow Galleries. 43-45 High Street. 556 9579. l’ntil Fri 23 Dec. 10aiii-4.30piii. Illustrations for children.
I Treasure Islands Royal Mtiseuiii of Scotland. Chambers Street. 225 7534. Until Tue 3 Jan 1995. Mon Sat 10am—5pm; Stiii noon 5pm. £21t11. A mixture of fact and fiction coy'eiing R1.
Stevenson's fantastic islands.
I The Tailor of Gloucester 'i‘tic Netherbow. 43» 45 High Street. 556 9579. Until Sat 171)ec. 10.30am and 2.30pm. £3 (£2). Beatrix Potter’s classic tale as performed by Ian lilii‘llLS Puppet Theatre.
I Mr Boom ’l‘rayersc 'l'heati'c. (‘anibridgc Street. 22S 1404. Sun 1 Jan 1995. 3—4.30pni. £3.50. Bring a cushion for a comfortable cosmic adventure for all the family.
I Dennis and the Dinosaurs (‘i‘aigi'oyslon .
Community High School. l’ennywell Road. 315 2151. Fri lti[)cc, 7.3(1piii.£l. i'Vluii‘house Festival‘s panto this year takes oii an em ironmental theiiic. Audience participation includes saying the planet. I Joy to The World The Nelhcrbow. 43—45 High Street. 556 9579/2647. 'l’hurs 22-~Sat241)ec. 10.30am and 2.30pm. £3 (£2). lan 'I‘urbitt's l’iippct ’l‘heaire return with the hugely popular puppet Nativity. I Babes in the Wood King's 't‘ticaii-e. 1.even Street. 22‘) 1201. l'iitil Sat 2S Jan 1995. 7pm. Stiit iiiat ipiii. and some weekday mats 2.15pm. $.50 £12.50 (£3 discount for concessions). 'l‘oinniy Cannon. Hobby 1iall..1ohn Leslie and Grant Stott head the star-studded traditional panto.
I Mother Goose Si Hi'idc's (.‘t-iiii-c. to ()rwell 'l‘ei‘i'ace. 341» 1405. l'ntil Sat 24 Dec. 7.30pm plus daytime school shows and Sat iiiats. 2pm. £5 (Lit.
Christmas at the Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh.
Christmas Art Competition. Festive Treasure Trail. tasty treats in the Tea Room, hundreds of gift ideas in the Museum Shop and your last chance to see Treasure Island-the Robert Louis '
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NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF SCOTLAND
Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm Sun 12 noon to 5pm Closed 25,26 Dec 6: llan. Open 2.1811. Call 031 225 7534 ext 219 for further information.
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