and Tinkerbells to dress to impress the judges of this fun competition. Categories for under 5s. 5—7 years and 8—10 years.

Castles In The Sky Sat 15 Dec. 10am-12.45pm & 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 make fantasy castles from willow.

Sparks Family Sat 15 Dec. Ham—12.30pm. £2.50. The Hub. Castlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2000. Advance booking required. A series of workshops aimed primarily at families with children aged 5—12. On Sat 15 Dec. the Sparks Family go to the zoo. Surreal Christmas Decorations Sat 15 Dec. 2—4pm. £2. National Gallery of Modern Art. Belford Road. 624 6200. Ages over 6. Using collage and cut-outs. create your very own Christmas decorations inspired by the works in the Dean Gallery and Gallery of Modern


Holiday Time In The Discovery Centre Sat 22 Dec—Sun 6 Jan (Closed Christmas Day). Free. Discovery Centre. Museum Of Scotland. Chambers Street. 247 4090. Try on period costumes. meet the time travelling Dr What and take part in fun and ames around the centre. Images Camelot Sun 23 Dec. 10am—noon & l-3.30pm. Free with exhibition ticket. City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 529 3993. Try out mono- printing and stencilling with Jacqui Pestell.

You Speak In Jest Sun 23 Dec. Thu 27—Sat 29 Dec. 1 1am—1pm & 2—4pm. Free with exhibition ticket. City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 529 3993. A medieval Jester provides the juggling and japing entertainment. Masquerade Sat 29 Dec. 1 lam—1pm & 1.30—4pm. Free with exhibition ticket.

City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 529 3993. Face painters will be on hand to transform your face using heraldic designs inspired by the current Camelot exhibition.


Shrek (U) Fri 28 Dec. 2pm. £4.50 (£2.50). The Lumiere. Royal Museum. Chambers Street. 247 4219. See Film index.

Theatre & Dance

Kaguyahlme - The Moon Princess Thu l3—Sat 15 Dec. Mon 17—Sat 22 Dec. Mon 24 Dec. Thu 27—Sat 29 Dec. 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Thu 13 Dec. Tue 18 Dec & Thu 20 Dec 10.30am & 1.30pm; Fri 14 Dec 10.30am & 7.30pm; Mon 17 Dec 10.30am; Wed 19 Dec 10.30am & 1pm; Mon 24 Dec 2.30pm. £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 up to be a beautiful princess loved throughout the land. in this charming Christmas show. The Snowman Tue 18—Sat 22 Dec. Thu 27-Sat 29 Dec. 7pm: Wed 19 Dec & Thu 20 Dec 1.30pm & 7pm; Sat 22 Dec. Fri 28 Dec & Sat 29 Dec 12.30pm 8: 4.30pm: Thu 27 Dec 2pm & 7pm. £7.50—£l7 (£5.50—£14). Festival Theatre. 13—29 Nicolson Street. 529 6000. See Glasgow. Molly Whupple Wed 19—Sat 22 Dec. Wed & Thu 1.30pm; Fri & Sat 1 1am & 2pm. £5 (£3). Traverse Theatre. Cambridge Street. 228 1404. Ages 3—6. Wee Stories‘ latest production is filled with magic and adventure as Molly attd her sister discover a giant‘s castle. See review.

Joy To The World Puppet Nativity Fri 21—Mon 24 Dec. Fri 28—Wed 2 Jan. 2.30pm. £5 (£3.50). Netherbow Arts Centre. 43—45 High Street. 556 9579. Ages 4+. The classic story of Christmas retold by Ian Turbett‘s Puppet Theatre in a colourful production for all the family.


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The Frog Princess Fri 28 Dew-Wed 2 Jan. 4pm. £5 (£3.50). Netherbow Arts Centre. 43—45 High Street. 556 9579. Ages 3—7. [Edinburgh Puppet Company presents the gently humorous tale of three princesses and one very wise frog.


Santa’s Storytelling Grotto Sat l5—Sun 161)ec. Sat 22—Sun 23 l)cc. 10am-4pm. £2.50. Dynamic liarth. Holyrood Road. 550 7800. Hear tales of Santa's magical adventures on his travels around the world. Santa will be giving out early Christmas presents. conducting sleigh songs. and children can also design their Christmas letter to Sarita and take part in a festive colouring competition. Storytelling sessions at half-hourly intervals.

Outside the Cities

Activities And Fun

M&D’s Christmas Wonderland L'ntil Mon 24 l)cc. Mon—Fri l 1am & 6.30pm; Sat 62; Sun noon. 2pm. 4pm 8; 6pm. £5.95; fartiin ticket £20. Scotland's Theme Park. Strathclyde Country Park. Motherwell. 01698 333999. Roll tip. roll up for the traditional circus. follow the yellow brick road in a fun multi-media exhibition and visit Santa in his grotto as M&D's celebrates Christmas in style.

The New Christmas Experience Thu 13—Stm 16 l)cc. Wed 19—Sun 23 Dec. Wed 26—Sun 30 Dec. l lam—~5pm. £6. New Lanark Visitor Centre. New Lanark Mills. Lanark. 01555 661345. Join Holly. your guide for the Spirit of Christmas Festive Ride. who will take yott back in titnc to 1820 to experience a Victorian Christmas and meet some familiar faces along the way. ()ther attractions in the experience include a pantomime show ‘A Christmas Treasure'. and of course Father Christmas will be dishing ottt early gifts in his new grotto.

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Santa At Mill Farm Sat 15 Mon 24 l)cc. 10amfl5pm. £2.20 (£1.10): fartiin ticket £5.50. Almond Valley Heritage Centre. Millfteld. Livingston. 01506 414957. Santa takes tip residence in a farmyard cottage in this nativity extravaganza.

Submersible Santa Sat 15 Sun to l)cc. Sat 22- Sun 23 l)cc. 10am 6pm. £6.25 (£3.95). 1)ccp-Sea\\’or|d. .\'orth Queensferry. life. ()1383 41 1880. livery hour brave Santa will be taking the plunge with sand tiger sharks. ray s and exotic fish in the centre’s underwater tunnel.

Santa Steam Trains Sat 15 Sun to l)cc. Sat 22—Sun 23 l)cc. 10.30am. noon. 1.30pm & 3pm. £6. Bo'ness 8; Kinneil Railway. Bo'ness Station. l'nion Street. Bo'ness. 01506 822298. Ride the historic steam train with Santa and receive a gift.

Santa Cruises on the Union Canal Sat l5—Sun 161)ec.1’ri 21 24 l)cc. 10.30am 4.30pm. £6. [Edinburgh Canal Centre. 27 Baird Road. Ratho. 333 1320. Cruise to Santa's enchanted castle on the l'nion Canal. Santa will board the boat to giyc free gifts to the children. Mittce pics and coffee available for the adults. Supersonic Santa Sat 15- Sun to Dec. Sat 22~Sun 23 l)cc. 11am. £3. Museum ()f Flight. liast liortttne Airfield. lladdingtott. ()1621) 8803118. Meet Santa in his Jetstream (irotto where he will be handing ottt gifts and sweets. Weather permitting. Santa will make a special flying entrance at 1 lam. Santa’s Grotto Sat 15 Sun lo l)cc. Sat 22» Sun 23 l)cc. noon 3pm. £2.5()~£4. Dean Castle Country Park. l)can Road. Kilmarnock. 01563 5227112. Meet Father Christmas in his grotto, have your photo taken on his titagical sleigh with Pooh the Shetland pony and take part in a colouring competition



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