The Wits Thu 29—Sat 22 Dec (not Sttns or Mons). 7.30pm. £3~£12.Citizens' Theatre. 1 l9 (iorbals Street. 4290022. The Citizens' Theatre Christmas show is the stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's much loved story about the tale of nasty Mr and Mrs Twit.

Scott Lovat’s Christmas Magic 8. Puppet Show Sat 1 Dec. 2pm. £4 (£3). Scottish Mask 8; Puppet Theatre Centre. 8—10 Balcarres Avertue. Kelvindalc. 339 6185. Christmas celebrations start early with this seasonal magic and puppet show full of audience participation.

Punch 8: Judy Sat 8 Dec. 2pm. £4 (£3). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre. 8-10 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. 339 6185. Mary Reid‘s Puppets work their magic on the slapstick seaside favourites. The Singing Kettle’s Winter Wonderland Thu 13 Dec—Mon 17 Dec. Thu 10am; Fri 10am 8; 1pm; Sat 1 1am; Sun noon: Mon 10am. £7~£9 (£6—£8)'. fatnily ticket £23—£28. Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. Have yourself a merry Christmas with Cilla. Artie. Gary and Jane who take yott to a magical wonderland.

The Happy Gang’s Arabian Adventure Thu 13—Sat I5 Dec. Thu 10.15am & 1.15pm: Fri 10.15am; Sat 1 Iain & 2.30pm. £7; £23 for 4 tickets. Clyde Auditorium. Finnieston Quay. 0870040 4000. Ages tip to 9. Join the Happy (iang as they embark on a musical voyage to mystical Arabia.


Storytime Sat 1 Dec 8; Sat 8 Dec. l lam. Borders Books. 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. Suitable for ages 3- -8. Storytelling session. followed by ftitt activities.

Activities And Fun Quickies For Kids Royal Mtisetim ()f Scotland. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. Free entry to museum for visitors aged 18 and under. Ten-minute talks for children held every Saturday at 2.15pm and every Sunday at 3.15pm.

Game For A Game Sat t—Sun 2 Dec. Megabowl. Fountain Park. Dundee Street. 478 3000. Bring along a toy to donate to the 'Help A Child Appeal' and you will receive a voucher for a free game of bowling.

Santa’s Ice Caves Sat l Mon 24 Dec. 1 lam—6pm: Thu 13 Dec. 1 1am—7pm. £2.50 (£1 adults). Princes Mall Rooftop Plaza. Princes Street. 473 3800. See photo caption.

Sparks Family Sat 1 Dec & Sat 8 Dec. Ham—12.30pm. £2.50. The Hub. Castlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2000. Advance bookiitg required. A series of workshops aimed primarily at families with children aged 5—12. these Saturday morning activities explore a different scenario every week. The World Of King Arthur In Glass Sat 1 Dec. llam—noon. 1—2pm & 3—4pm. Free vith exhibition ticket. City Art Centre. stem-w -- :2-.: ~ '-

This Christmas at the Tron - a spectacular new version of Beauty &the Beast for all the family. And for everyone else The News at When...? a satirical cabaret from 7:84 reflecting on this years major news stories. For details call the Box office on 0141552 4267

2 Market Street. 529 3963. Advance booking required. The story of King Arthur using stained glass.

You Speak In Jest Sat 1 Dec.

1 lam—1pm & 2—4pm. Free with exhibition ticket. City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 529 3993. A medieval Jester provides the juggling and japing entertainment. Santa’s Breakfast Sun 2 Dec. noon—1pm. £2. Jenners. Princes Street. 225 2442. Advance booking required. Meet Father Christmas for breakfast and some seasonal fun and games.

Castles In The Sky Sat 8 Dec. l()am—l2.45pm & 1.30—4.15pm. Free with exhibition ticket. City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 529 3963. Advance booking required. Natalie Taylor leads a workshop to tnake fantasy castles.

Christmas is Coming Sun 9 Dec. noon—4pm. £4.50 (£3). Lauriston Castle. 2a Cramond Road South. 336 2060. The re- enactment ot‘ a traditional V'ictorian/Fdwardian Christmas in Lauriston Castle.


Cats And Dogs (PG) Sat 1 Dec. 1pm: Help! I’m A Fish (1') Sat 8 Dec. 2pm. £4.50 (£2.50). The Lumiere. Royal Museum. Chambers Street. 247 4219. See Film Index.


Wizards, Witches and Wands Sun 2 Dec. 4pm. £8 (£4): family ticket £18. l'sher Hall. l.othian Road. 228 l 155. See preview.


Kaguyahime - The Moon Princess Mon 3--Sat 29 Dec. times vary. £7.50 (£4): family ticket £20. Theatre Workshop. 34 Hamilton Place. 226 5425. A Japanese couple find a baby under a glowing tree. who grows tip to be a beautiful princess loved throughout the land. in this charming Christmas show.

The Singing Kettle’s Winter Wonderland Wed 5 Sun 9 Dec. 10am 61; 1pm; Fri 2pm & 6pm: Sat 1 lam. 2pm & 6pm; Stiii noon (S: 3pm. £9 (£8). Festival Theatre. 13 29 .\'icolson Street. 529 6000. See Glasgow.

The Happy Gang’s Arabian Adventure Thu 6~Sai 8 Dec. 'I‘hu 10.15am & 1.15pm: Fri 10.15am; Sat 1pm 8; 4pm. £7.50: family ticket £23. l'sher Hall. l.othian Road. 228 1155. Ages tip to 9. See (ilasgow.

Mrs Muddle’s Christmas Surprise Fri 7- Sat 8 Dec. Fri 9.45am. l.30pm 8; 3.30pm: Sat 1 1.30am & 2pm. £3.50 (£2.50). Netherbow Arts Centre. 43-45 High Street. 556 9579. Ages 3—6. A fun festive show for children in which Mrs Muddle is asked by the King to ptit on her Christmas show especially for him.


Santa’s Storytelling Grotto Sat l—Sun 2 Dec. Sat 8—Sun 9 Dec. 10am—4pm. £2.50. Dynamic Earth. Holyrood Road. 550 7800. Hear tales of Santa's magical

adventures on his travels around the world.

Santa will be giving otit early Christmas presents. condttcting sleigh songs. and children cart also design their Christmas letter to Santa and take part in a festive colouring competition. Storytelling sessions at half-hourly intervals.

King Arthur Story Workshop Sun 2 Dec. 2—5pm. £3. Netherbow Arts Centre. 43—45 High Street. 556 9579. Ages 7+. Storyteller liwan McVicar provides an exciting mix of stories to think about. work with and develop.

Outside The Cities

Activities And Fun

M & D’s Christmas Wonderland L'ntil Mon 24 Dec. Mon—Fri l lain 8; 6.30pm: Sat 8; Sun noon. 2pm. 4pm & 6pm. £5.95; family ticket £20. Scotland's Theme Park. Strathclyde Country Park. Motherwell. 01698 333999. Roll tip. roll tip

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for the traditional circus. follow the yellow brick road in a ftitt multi-iitedia exhibition and visit Santa iit his grotto as M & l)'s celebrates Christmas iii style.

Santa At Mill Farm Sat l Sun 2 Dec. Sat 8--Sun 9 Dec. 10am 5pm. £2.80 (£1.60). Almond \‘alley Heritage Centre. Millfield. Livingston. 01506 414957. Santa takes tip residence in a farmyard cottage in this nativity extravaganza.

Santa Steam Trains Sat I -Sun 2 Dec. Sat 8—Suii 9 Dec. 10.30am. noon. 1.30pm & 3pm. £6. Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway. Bo'ness Station. l'nion Street. Bo'ncss. 01506 822298. Ride the historic steam train with Santa.

Santa Cruises on the Union Canal Sat l—Sun 2 Dec. Sat 8»—Sun 9 Dec. 10.30am--4.30pm. £6. lidinburgh Canal Centre. 27 Baird Road. Ratho. 0131 333 1320. Cruise to Santa's enchanted castle on the l'nion Canal.

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