Outside the cities continued

Santa Comes To Falkland Palace Sat 15 Dec 8; Sat 22 Dec. noon—4.30pm. Falkland Palace. High Street. Cupar. ()1337 857397. Father Christmas brings his grotto to Falkland to give out goodies to good boys and girls.

Santa Comes To Palacerigg Sat 15-Sun 16 Dec. noon—4pm. Free. I’alacerigg Country Park. Palacerigg Road. Cumbernauld. ()1236 720047. Santa comes to Palacerigg Country Park with his festive cheer and gifts for children. Loom-In-A-Box Sun 16 Dec. l-2.30pm 8; 2.30—4pm. £1. Motherwell Heritage Centre. 1 High Road. Mothcrwell. ()1698 251000. Advance booking required. Ages over 5. Try out simple loom weaving.

Christmas Dance Performance Sun 16 Dec. 3pm. £1. Howden Park Centre. Howden. Livingston. 01506 433634. West Lothian Youth Dance Group and Iiast I.othian Youth Dance get together for a special seasonal performance.

Christmas Puppets Sat 22—Sun 23 Dec. Sat 2—4pm; Sun l—4pm. £1. .‘vlotherwell Heritage Centre. 1 High Road. Motherwell. ()1698 251000. Ages over 5. Make a Santa. snowman or angel glove puppet.


Thunderbird 6 (L') Sat 22 Dec. 2.30pm; Shrek (C) Sun 23 Dec. 2.30pm: Atlantis: The Lost Empire (L') Fri 28—Sun 30 Dec. 2.30pm. £1.50. MacRobert. L'niversity of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 461081. See Film Index.


Rumpelstiltskin Thu 13—521! 15 Dec. Mon 24 Dec. Wed 26—Sat 29 Dec. Thu l3—Fri 14 Dec. 10.30am 8; 1.30pm: Sat 15 Dec. Mon 24 Dec. Wed 26—Sat 29 Dec

2pm & 7pm. £3. Smith Art Gallery and Museum. Dumbarton Road. Stirling. 01786 461081. Ages 6+. Tall Stories’ adaptation of the Brothers Grimm children’s classic features new songs and plenty of magic. Will the miller's daughter be able to work out the riddle?

The Gruffalo Sat 15 Dec. 11am & 2pm.

£3. Chalmers Church Hall. Henderson Street. Bridge ofAIlan. 01786 461081. Ages 3+. Tall Stories present a musical collaboration of the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Sehaffer. Join the little mouse on his adventurous journey through the deep. dark wood.

Puss In Boots Sat 15 Dec. 2pm & 3pm. £3.50. The Big Idea. The Harbourside. Irvine. 08708 4031 18. Follow a cunning cat's adventures as he outwits the kin v in this seasonal panto. The Happy ang’s Arabian Adventure Tue 18 Dec. £6: family ticket £22. Queen‘s Hall. ArgyII Street. Dunoon. 01369 702800. Ages up to 9. See Glasgow.

Rumpelstiltskin Tue l8—Sat 22 Dee. Tue. Wed & Thu 10.30am & 1.30pm; Fri 7pm: Sat 1 lam & 2pm. £3. Victoria Hall. Station Road. Dunblane. 01786 461081. Ages 6+. See Stirling.

The Happy Gang’s Arabian Adventure Wed 19 Dec. £6; family ticket £22. Corran Halls. Esplanade. Oban. ()1369 702800. Ages up to 9. See Glasgow. Peter Pan On Ice Wed 19—Sat 22 Dec. Wed 1pm; Thu 1pm & 7pm: Fri 7pm: Sat 2pm 8: 7pm. £6 (£4.50). Centrum Centre. 125 Ayr Road. Prestwick. 01292 671600. The panto about the child who never grows old is performed on ice.

The Happy Gang’s Arabian Adventure Fri 21—Sat 22 Dec. Fri 2.30pm: Sat 1 lam & 2.30pm. £6: family ticket £21. Magnum Leisure Centre. Harbourside. Irvine. 01294 278381. Ages up to 9. See Glasgow.

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SANTA CLAUS lS COMING TO TOWN It’s that time of year again,

and Mr Christmas Is popping up all over. Gone are the days when Santa was content with merely dishing out presents to good children and reading Christmas llsts, now he’s got to prove his worth by abseiling, swimming, flying, and hiking his way into our hearts. With all this exertion, he’ll be exhausted by Christmas Eve, so make sure you stock up on mince pies and carrots. Various venues, see Activities and Fun llstlngs. Picture is Glasgow Science


Puss In Boots Sat 22 Dec. 10.30am & 2.30pm. £4 (£2.50): family ticket £12 (£7.50). Howden Park Centre. Howden. Livingston. 01506 433634. Join Jack and his cunning cat as they try to outwit the Ogre in this charming panto from Hopscotch Theatre Com any.

The Happy Gang’s rablan Adventure Sun 23—Mon 24 Dec. Sun 1pm & 4pm: Mon 2pm. £6.50 (£5.50). Rothes Halls. Rothes Square. Glenrothes.

01592 61 1 101. Ages up to 9. See Glasgow.

Circus Royale Wed 26 Dec—Sun 6 Jan. 2.30pm & 5.30pm. £6—£8 (£4—£6). Scotland's Theme Park. Strathclyde Country Park. Motherwell. 01698 333999. Roll up. roll up to M&D‘s big top as Circus Royale head out on their first UK tour.

The Happy Gang’s Arabian Adventure Thu 27 Dec. 2pm. £5: family ticket £23. Volunteer Hall. St John Street. Galashiels. 01750 20842. Ages up to 9. See Glasgow.

The Happy Gang’s Arabian Adventure Fri 28—Sat 29 Dec. Fri 2.30pm: Sat 1 lam & 2.30pm. £6.50 (£5.50); famin ticket £22. Town Hall. Camelon Road. Falkirk. 01324 506850. Ages up to 9. See Glasgow.

The Singing Kettle’s Winter Wonderland Thu 3 Jan. noon & 3pm. £8—£9: family ticket £28. Albert Halls. Dumbarton Road. Stirling. ()1786 473544. See Glasgow.

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: Cinderella Thu 13 Dec. 12.45pm; Sat 15 Dec. Sat 22 Dec. Sat 29 Dec. Mon 31 Dec. Wed 2 Jan. 2pm; Mon 17 Dec. Wed 19 Dec. 10.45pm; Wed 26 Dec. 2.30pm: Fri 28 Dec. 1 1am. Purves Puppets work their magic on this timeless fairytale. Pips And Panda In Santa’s Workshop Sat 15 Dec. Mon 24 Dec. 2pm: Tue 18 Dec. Thu 20 Dec. 10.45pm; Sat 22 Dec. 11am. Ages up to 7. The mischievous duo get busy in the build-up to Christmas. and as ever. not everything yoes smoothly.

Pips And Panda Meet The Three Bears Thu 27—Fri 28 Dec. Thu 3 Jan. 2pm; Sat 29 Dec. 1 1am. Ages up to 7. The terrible twosome set off on a journey into the woods where they get into all sorts of mischief.


Undersea Fantasy L'ntil Sun 27 Jan. 10am—4pm. Free. Summerlee Heritage Park. Heritage Way. Coatbridge. 01236 431261. Venture under the sea in this interactive children's exhibition chock full of hidden treasure. wildlife and wrecked sea-faring vessels.

For complete listings of all Christmas shows and pantomimes taking place in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Central Belt, see Theatre listings, page 60.