Digigrams Sat 9 Dec, 11am—1pm (ages 8—11); 2—4pm (ages 12—15). £10 (£6). Stills, 23 Cockburn Street, 622 6200. Create original and innovative Christmas cards or presents using digitally scanned ZD and 3D objects at this fun-filled workshop.

Do It! Sat 9 Dec, 10am-noon. Free. Institut Francais d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent, 225 5366. Advance booking required. Ages over 9. Taking inspiration from Koo Jeonga’s Vivre Sa Vie project, write proposals for instructional art works.

Fotofun Sat 9 Dec, 11am—1pm (ages 8—11); 2—4pm (ages 12-15). £10 (£6). Stills, 23 Cockburn Street, 622 6200. Learn the basic techniques behind traditional photographic processes. Create your own images and use them to make unique Christmas cards.

Christmas 1900 Sun 10 Dec, noon—4pm.

£4.50 (£3). Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South. 336 2060. Experience how the first Christmas of the 20th century was celebrated with a host of activities including festive floral displays, period- style Christmas tree, toys of yesteryear, magic lantern show, storytelling, seasonal arts and crafts and carol singing around the piano.


Adventures In Music - Toy Stories Sat 9 Dec, 3pm. £9 (£4—£5); family ticket £24. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. See photo caption.

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The Singing Kettle Pirates At Christmas Sun 3 Dec. Wed 6—Sat 9 Dec, Sun 3pm; Wed & Thu 10am & 1pm; Fri & Sat 11am, 2pm & 6pm. £7-£9 (£5-£8). Festival Theatre, 13—29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. Ahoy me maties! Come dressed as a pirate as the Kettle gang set sail on the Good Ship Sing-a-long for a swashbuckling musical quest. Help track down the plundered treasure. explore a desert island and join in with all the new songs and adventures.


Snowballs And Runny Noses Until Sat 27 Jan, Free. Museum Of Childhood. 42 High Street, 529 4142. This exhibition recreates a child’s view of Christmas, complete with woolly jumpers, frozen toes and Christmas stockings.


Mary Contini Mon 4 Dec, 1.30—2pm. Free. James Thin, 53-59 South Bridge, 622 8222. Author of kid’s cookery book Easy Peasy Sweetie Pie runs a food and baking workshop.

OUTSIDE THE CITIES Activities And Fun Santa Specials Sat 2—Sun 24 Dec, 10.30am, noon & 1.30pm. £6. Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, Bo’ness Station, Union Street, Bo’ness, 01506 822298. Visit Santa onboard a steam train, with all children given a gift during the seven mile trip. Seasonal refreshments for adults.

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ADVENTURES IN MUSIC - TOY STORIES Sat 9 Dec, 3pm. £9 (£445); family ticket £24. Usher Hall. Lothian Road, 228 1155; and Sun 10 Dec, 3pm. £9 (£445). Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 5511. The RSNO continue their series of concerts for 4—14 year-olds, with Paul Rissman introducing a fun afternoon with the emphasis on toys. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite is on the bill, as is Randy Newman's You’ve Got A Friend In Me from Toy Story. Dancers from the Manor School of Ballet add to the



1 December 2000 - 6 January 2001 Tickets: £8 - £16 Evenings: 7pm

Box Office: 0131 248 4848 Groups of 10+: 0131 248 4949


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Matinees: 2.30pm


Confusion Sat 2 Dec. 10.15am—noon. Gleniffer Braes Country Park. Glen Lodge. Glenfield Road. Paisley. 884 3794. Advance booking required. Ages 8—12.Children‘s club where you can learn more about nature whilst enjoying lots of activities, puzzles and quizzes. rounded off by a party.

Photo Badge Workshop Fri 8 Dec. loam—noon. £1. The New Town Hall. Bron Way, North Carbrain Road, Cumbernauld, 01698 267515. Ages over 7. Two fun workshops rolled into one have your face painted and then your picture turned into a badge to keep forever.

Christmas Decoration Workshop Sat 9 Dec, 10am. Free. Calderglen Country Park, Strathaven Road, East Kilbride. 01355 236644. Advance booking required. For ages 8-12. Make a selection of Christmas cards and festive decorations, drawing on nature for materials and inspiration.

Christmas Decorations Sun 10 Dec, 1—3pm. Castle Semple Visitor’s Centre. Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch, 01505 842882. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, so get into the Chrimbo spirit by making decorations from materials gathered from around the park.


The Road To Eldorado (U) Sun 3 Dec, 2.30pm. £1.50. MacRoben, University

of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. See Film Index.


Dream Concerts Wed 13 Dec. 7pm. £6. Motherwell Concert Hall, Civic Centre Windmillhill Street, Motherwell, 01698 267515. Two tribute bands for the teeny-boppers: Step By Step recreating the dance routines and sounds of Steps, while Boys Only perform a selection of hits from groups such as Boyzone and Five. See photo caption.

Theatre & Dance

The Little Mermaid Thu 30 Nov—Sat 23 Dec, times vary. £7.50 (£5.50); famil ticket £22. See Theatre listings. It's Christmas With The Happy Gang Thu 30 Nov, 6.30pm. £5; four tickets for £18. Queen’s Hall, Argle Street, Dunoon. 01369 702800. See Glasgow. It's Christmas With The Happy Gang Fri 1 Dec, 6.30pm. £5; four tickets for £18. Corran Halls, Esplanade, Oban. 01631 564046. See Glasgow.

Peter Pan Sat 2 & Sun 3 Dec, IIam & 2pm; Tue 5—Thu 7 Dec. 10.15am & 1.30pm; Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec, 11am & 2pm; Tue 12—Thu 14 Dec, 10.15am & 1.30pm. £3. MacRobert. University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. Ages 3+. Wee Stories Theatre and Shona Reppe Puppets join forces in this special adaptation of the boy who never grew up.


f It's Christmas With The Happy Gang Tue 5 Dec. 10.30am & 1.30pm. £4.

Town Hall. Marshill. Alloa. 01259

213131. See Glasgow.

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Christmas Sun 10—Tue 12 Dec. Sun

1pm & 4pm; Mon 10am 6; 1pm; Tue 10am. £8—£9 (£6—£7); family ticket £28 (£25). Magnum Theatre. Harbourside. Irvine, 01294 278381. See Edinburgh. The International Purves Puppets Biggar Puppet Theatre. Broughton Road, 01899 220631. £5 (£4): family tickets £23 & £36. Book in advance as times are subject to change. Reductions for parties of five or more. Shows on offer over the next two weeks are:

Peter Pan Fri 1 Dec. 10.45am; Tue 5 Dec. 10.45am & 12.45pm; Sat 9 Dec 11am. Join in the adventures in Never Never Land with the flying Peter Pan and Wendy. John and little Michael. and not forgetting the baddie pirates, led by the villainous (‘a tain Hook.

Pips And Panda s New Christmas Show! Sat 2 Dec, 2pm; Mon 4 Dec, 10.40am; Sat 9 Dec, 2pm; Wed 13 Dec, 12.45pm. When Pips and Panda find one of Santa‘s toy sacks they are surprised by the noises coming from inside. Join Pips and Panda as they make new friends and sing new songs. Exhibition

Touchy, Feely, Squashy! Until Sun 10 Dec, Free. Low Parks, 129 Muir Street, Hamilton, ()1698 328232. An interactive exhibition of soft, large-scale sculptures by Jan Niedojadlo. Created from recycled materials, you can look, smell, touch and even crawl inside some of the exhibits.


Aileen Paterson Mon 4 Dec. 8pm. Free. Cumbernauld Theatre, Kildrum. Cumbernauld, 01236 732887. The author and illustrator of the popular Maisie books talks about both writing and illustrating books for children.


The Snowman Sat 2 Dec, 10.30am. £3.50 (£2.50); family ticket £10. Bellshill Cultural Centre, John Street, Bellshill, 01698 267515. Frances M Lynch tells the magical Christmas story with live piano accompaniment. Children will be invited on stage to help act out the story, and there ‘s even an appearance from Father Christmas himself.

For complete listings for all Christmas shows and pantomimes taking place in Edinburgh. Glasgow and the Central Belt, see Theatre Listings, page 77.

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