Edinburgh’s Capital Christmas Critil Sun 24 Dec. Various Venues. 4".3 3S1111. A bnrnpert itrtsllttas programme featuring a parade. ice-skating in Princes Street (iardeirs. a (ierman market. pins lots of music. pantos. and fireworks.

Winter Wonderland Thu l4—Sun 24 Dec. lire-21> Thu 4 Jan. noon—Spin; Thu noon lllptti; l-ri A; Sat 111amv~11tpm: Sun 11mm Spin. £1 £51£3~£411fami1y ticket £15. Princes Street (iardens liast. Princes Sir-e1. 4’3 iSltli. \‘v inter festival featuring Britarns largest open air ice rrril. which can accommodate tip to 31111 budding Tory ill and Deans at one time. Edinburgh's Hogmanay in 2‘)

Dec 1th 2 Jan. City Centre. 4’3 3S1111. A 11‘. 1." day celebration to see it] the New Year. See photo caption and Hogmanay supplement.


3D/2D Craft & Design Fair Sat to

Dec '1 ne 23 Jan. l1lam» 5pm. S11p1511p). Assembly Rooms. 54 (ieorge Street. (itrl («an 1, lhe very best in cotttemporary and traditional craltwork.


The Central Scotland Forest: Transforming Perceptions And Realities Thu 14 Dec. b.311pm. £3 (£2). Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 421”. ltxplorc the myths of the forest

w ith Dr Campbell (icmmell.

Leith’s Shipping Destiny Mon 18Dec. "pm. l.eith library. 2S~31l Ferry Road. 553 3-133. l eith local History Society host a tall. by Sir (icrald lilliot.

The Nakhla Meteorite Tue 11) Dec. 1pm. 1."31.£l.5111; children under 18 free. Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 421‘). A talk based on the quest for life on Mars from Peter Davidson.


Hibernian v St Johnstone Sat to Dec. 3pm. 1 aster Road. 12 Albion Place. (ifil 1V5. 1.1S‘ (£111). Hibs simply have to win this game if their championship credentials are to be taken seriously. Edinburgh Rocks Tue 1‘1 Dec. 5pm. £7 11.51. Meadowbank Sports Centre. 13‘) lorrdon Road. titrl 5351. The Rocks tip off tonight against Milton Keynes. Hearts v Dundee United Sat 23 Dec. 3pm. Ty necastle Stadium. (iorgie Road. 31111 "3111, £11» £12 (LS-£11). Can Dundee l'nited escape the drop and will Hearts be looking for a new chairman by the end of [he seasotli.’

Hearts v Hibernian Tue 21» Dec. 4pm. 'l'y rrccastle Stadium. (iorgic Road. 21111 “2111. £11) 1 £111). Craig l.evein will open his managerial derby account aiming to reverse llearts' fortunes.

Musselburgh Races Tltu 3s Dec.

12211 73.211pm. \Ved 3 Jan. £"—£12 (£4). Musselburgh Racecourse. Linkfield Road. Mirsselbiirgli.1io5 2S5”. Family race day \y rilr children‘s entertainment. Edinburgh Rocks Sat 311 Dec. 7.311pm. £5‘1£51.Meadowbank Sports Centre. 13‘) Is'iikik‘ii Rt‘.lt1.iifil X0 TC‘ST 1201’ HTC RthicS .1\ Hit} ltlitst‘ t‘ll CilL‘SlL‘l’. Hibernian v Dundee United Sat 31) Dec. 3pm. l'aster Road. 12 Albion Place. bbl 152.5. £21 1£lll). The first of a Dundee double-header.

Hibernian v Dundee Tue 2 Jan. 3pm. l‘aster Road. 12 Albion Place. on] 1325. £21 1£1111. lyatto Bonetti will need to kecp Day id /.rtelli quiet if his troops are to take arty thing out of this match.


The Edinburgh Wheel Thu l4~-Sun 24 Dec. Tue 2o Tue 2 Jan. noon Spm; Fri ck Sat lllam lltpm Princes Street Crardens last. l‘tinces Street. 433 3S111l. See ‘dllll‘tllg‘il Irom a giant terris wheel located next to the Scott .‘yionument.

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The Traditional German Christmas Market Cntil Thu 21 Dec. lliam—Spm. Mourtd Square. off Princes Street. 4‘3 351111. Frankfurt's Christmas present to lidinburgh is a traditional market selling authentic (ierman produce. Grassmarket Christmas Street Fair Sat lb ck Sun 17 Dec. loam—(rpm. (irassmarket. 423 3S1111. Storytelling and Christmas music in the historic (irassmarket setting.

Christmas Lights Switch-On Sat to Dec. Free. Corner of Marchmont Crescent ck \Varrender Park Road. 4‘3 3S1111. Christmas lights switch-on. Community Festive Fayre Sat to Dec. noon. Free. (iorgie Dalry Community Centre. 22 Macl.eod Street. (iorgie. 423 3S1111. Local traders display their wares. Edinburgh Christmas Continental Market \Ved 211—Sat 23 Dec. (Jam—(rpm. Free. Festival Square. l-othian Road. 473 3S(111. Sample the delights of the continent from over 35 producers. Hogmanay Carnival Thu 28 Dec—Tue 2 Jan. Thu (y—l 1pm; Fri 6; Sat noon—11pm; Sun noon—lam; Mon ck Tue noon—11pm. Regent Road. 473 2111111. All the fun of the fair in the centre of town with the annual fairground and all the usual shows. rides and amusements. Torchlight Procession Fri 2‘) Dec. b.311pm. Torches £4 in advance; £5 on the night. Royal Mile. 473 211111). Rounding off the year in spectacular style with a torchlight procession down the Royal Mile. See Hogmanay supplement.

The Seven Hills Fireworks At Midnight Sun 31 Dec. midnight. City Centre. 473 2111111. The Seven Hills surrounding the city provide the setting for this ambitious fireworks display. See Hogmanay supplement.

Royal Bank Street Party Sun 31 Dec. lllpm. City Centre. 473 2111111. The main event in [Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations open to those lucky few thousand who've snapped up street passes. See Hogmanay Supplement.


P0pular Observing Fri 15 Dec. Fri 22 Dec ck: Fri 2‘) Dec. 7.311pm. £1. Royal Observatory Visitor Centre. Blackford Hill. (itiS S4115. View Saturn with its rings from one of the telescopes of the Royal Observatory.

All For A Prince Thu 14 ck Fri 15 Dee; Thu 21 cc Fri 22 Dec; Thu 28 ck Fri 2‘) Dec. ltlam—4pm. Free. Edinburgh Castle. 225 0846. Tales of life in the Jacobite army in 1745.

Education Is For Everyone Thu 14 Dec. 2—4pm. \Vhale Learning Centre. 31) \Vestburn (irove. 453 3267. A video screening from \VHALF. to coincide with International Week for People with Disabilities.

Astronomical Journey of Discovery Fri 22 Dec. ".31lpm. £1. Royal Observatory Visitor Centre. Blackford Hill. (this S4115. View the observable universe through the centre's (yin telescope and Russell iiberst gives a talk on ‘The Night Sky In January". Christmas Art Competition \Ved 27—Sat 311 Dec. £3 (£1511): children under 18 free. Museum Of Scotland. Chambers Street. 247 421‘). The popular competition is open to all ages and the materials are provided. so just bring along your imagination.

Holiday Family Workshop Fri 3‘) Dec. loam—noon. £2. City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 52‘) 3993. Advance booking required. Fun for the holidays exploring the uses of textiles.

Caged Bird Show Mon l c\; Tue 2 Jan. Royal Highland Centre. lngliston. 333 3113b Bird show.

Battle Cry From The Colonies Thu 4 Jan. l1lam—4pm.£"1£2~£51.Fdinburgh Castle. 225 ‘iS4tt. Historical tale presented by Alba Adventure Company.



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Castlehill. Royal Mile. 220 3711‘). Daily loam—5pm. Closed Mon 25 Dec. Sun 31 Dec loam—(rpm; Mon 1 Jan 11am—5pm. £4.25 1£1.‘)5—£3.41)); family ticket £12. Pick up a pedestrian in your hand at this attraction. which gives visitors a real- time.3(>11'i image of the city. The most recent addition to the venue is the Magic Crallery. giving hands-on experiences of the art of visual trickery.

Dynamic Earth

Ho" food Road. 5511 78111). \Ved—Sun

11 tin—5pm. Closed Sun 24 Dec cs; Mon 25 Dec. £5.95 (£3.51L—£4.411); family ticket £1b.5(l. \Vith volcanoes erupting beneath your feet. a tropical rainstorm pouring down. earthquakes and tidal waves at every turn. the history of the earth has never been more interesting. Edinburgh's latest visitor attraction uses stunning new developments in interactive technology to piece together the history of the planet. Edinburgh Castle Castlehill. 225 9846. Daily 9.311am—5pm. Closed Mon 25 Dec chi Tue 20 Dec; open Mon 1 Jan 11am—5pm. £7 1£2—£5). Although much of the castle's medieval character was lost when it was converted into barracks in the Wth century. continuing excavations aim to redress this. Other attractions include James lV‘s famous cannon. Mons Meg. the One O‘Clock Gun and. of course. The Stone Of Destiny. Edinburgh Zoo Corstorphine Road. 334 ()171. Daily ‘lant—4.311pnt; Mon 25 Dec. Tue 21) Dec. Mon 1 Jan a Tue 2 Jan 9.311am—4pm. £<v.s11(£3.so_£4.stn; family ticket £l‘)»~£23.511. \Videly accepted as orte of the fittest zoos in Britain. there's plenty here to while away an afternoon. or even a whole day if you take your time. The penguin parade at 2.15pm is a must and the new ly -built African plains afford a fantastic y iew of the city.

Museum Of Scotland Chambers Street. 24," 421‘). Mon—Sat loam—5pm; Sun noon—5pm: Tue ltlam—Spm. Closed Mon 25 Dec. £3

(£1511); children under 1S free. Devoted solely to the history and heritage of Scotland. the building contains five thematically-arranged exhibitions. moving from pre-history. through the Industrial Revolution. to the present day. Royal Botanic Garden

lnverleith Row. 552 7171. Daily ‘).31)am—4pm. Closed Mon 25 Dec ck Mon 1 Jan. A sea of tranquillity in the hubbub of the city. the Botanic Crarden is home to a wealth of flora from all over the world. The glasshouses give you the opportunity to check out tropical plants as well.

Royal Yacht Britannia

Ocean Drive. l.eith. 555 5506. Mon—Fri 111.311am—3.311pm; Sat—Sun 9.311am—4311pm. Closed Mon 25 Dec; open Sun 24 Dec. Sun 31 Dec cs; Mon 1 Jan 111.311am—2.31lpm. £7.51) (£3.75—£5.75); family ticket £211. The former royal yacht has opened its doors to members of the public after a £25 million refit. The on-shore visitor centre contains historical information on the boat while. on the yacht itself. members of the public cart have a good nosy round the Royals' former quarters.

St Giles' Cathedral

Royal Mile. 225 11442. Mon—Sat Ham—5pm; Sun l—~5pm; Mon 25 Dec Sam—12pm. Closed Tue 2o Dec. Tue 1 Jan ck; Wed 2 Jan. Founded in the ll1111s. this church has witnessed executions. riots and celebrations. \Vith spectacular stained glass windows. ornate stonework and guided tours it's a good starting point for exploring the Royal Mile.


Stirling's Hogmanay Sun 31 Dec. events begin at 12pm. Town Centre. Stirling. 1117M 4111i17“. (.‘lrertut' Hie l’tir's Karen Dunbar comperes The Main livent with music form \Volfstone and Shooglertifty‘. The Party in The Streets has music from the Delgados. Felsons. and Malinkv.

Stonehave'n Fireball Festival Sun 31 Dec. midnight. Free. High Street. Stonehay en. 111224 5""511113. The stroke of midnight sees balls of fire sent down the High Street in this dramatic display.