Activities and Fun

Santa’s Kingdom Fri 29 Nov—Mon 23 Dec. 9.30aiii~7.30pm. £17.50. SliCC. Finnieston Quay. 0870 040 4000. Meet Santa in his homeland in this Christmas ‘experience‘ which includes a 60ft snow slide. live reindeer and toy factory tours. Review in next week's isstie is it worth the dough?

Children’s Pottery Classes Sat 30 Nov & Sat 7 Dec. 1 lam—1pm. £8. Fireworks Studio. 35a Dalhousie Street. 332 3738. Potting for nippers iii this new weekly workshop.

Creative Colourists Art Workshops Sat 30 Nov & Sat 7 Dec. Free. Hunterian Museum. L'niversity Avenue. 330 4221. Ages 8- 14. Budding artists and complete novices can hone their artistic skills in ten weeks of arts and crafts workshops.

St Andrew’s Day Flag Day Sat 30 :Nov. £4.50 (£3.25—accompanied children free). The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour. 100 Stobcross Road. 222 2513. Scare away your enemies with a skull and cross bones or flag messages to your friends using semaphore.

Glasgow on Ice Sun 1 Tue 24 Dec. £5 (£3—£4); family ticket £15. George Square. 0131 226 6550. Christmas market. bars and cafes with an open air ice rink at its centre. right in the heart of Glasgow.

Glenlee’s Birthday Party Sun 1 Dec. 2 -3pm. Free. The Tall Ship atGlasgow Harbour. 1(X) Stobcross Road. 222 2513. Join in celebrations of the Glenlee's 106th Birthday with fun led by .Magic lain.

A Day in a Castle Sat 7 Dec. 10.30—11.30am. 12.30.].30pm & 2.30—3.30pm. Free. Burrell Collection. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 287 2550. Ages 5—-8. Find out what life was like for a medieval knight living in a cold. draughty castle and fending off attackers. Booking essential.


Human Body (PG); Everest il'i; Dolphins ([7): Into the Deep ( t'i. Cyberworld (PG). Santa v the Snowman (cert tbc). times vary. check Film listings for showing times. £5 (£3.50). IMAX Theatre. Glasgow Science Centre. 50 Pacific Quay. 420 5000.


Children’s Classic Concerts Sat 7 Dec. lpiii & 3pm. £9.50 (£5: family ticket £26). Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. Christopher Bell presents the Christmas Carnival. a concert of popular pieces ranging from John Williams' Harry Potter to 'I‘chaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty played by the Classica Concert Orchestra. Clowns. jugglers and music in the foyers create a true carnival atmosphere.

Theatre & Dance

Little Princess Goldtree Sat 30 Nov. 2pm. £4 (£3). Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre Centre. 8—— 10 Balcarres Avenue Kelvindale. 339 6185. [Tsing carved wooden glove puppets. the Scottish fairytale of Snow White is brought to life by Ytigen Puppets.

Poppy’s Puppet Medley Sat 7 Dec. 2pm. £4 (£3). Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre Centre. l0 Balcarres Avenue Kelvindale. 339 6185. A packed programme of storytelling. singing and puppetry from Poppy‘s Puppets.

The Singing Kettle’s Christmas in Toytown Wed 1 1 —Sat 28 Dec. £8-—£9; family ticket £30 (26). Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. Songs aplenty in the Singing Kettle's popular festive show. Come dressed as your favourite toy.

The Happy Gang’s Fairytale Christmas Thu 12- Sat 14 Dec. Thu 10.15am & 1.15pm; Fri 10.15am; Sat 2.30pm. £7.50; family ticket £23. Clyde Auditorium. Finnieston Quay. 0870 040 4000. Join Little Red Riding Hood. Humpty Dumpty and the Happy Gang on a

quest to save the Fairytale Forest in this all- singin i. all-dancing show.

The nowman Thu l2—Sat 14 Dec. 7.15pm; Fri 1.30pm 8; 7.15pm; Sat noon 8; 4.30pm. £3.50—£22. Theatre Royal. 282 Hope Street. 332 9000. Scottish Ballet presents its magical adaptation of Raymond Briggs‘ storybook. choreographed by Robert North and with Howard Blake‘s original score from the animated classic.

Activities and Fun

Capital Christmas Thu 28 Nov—Tue 24 Dec. Princes Street Gardens. 529 4310. Capital Christmas opens with the annual Christmas lights switch-on (Thu 28 Nov. 5.30pm). followed by the Grand Fantastical Christmas Parade. But that‘s not all: there‘s the traditional German street market. the Big Wheel and the Winter Wonderland. Britain’s largest open air ice rink.

The Edinburgh Wheel Thu 28 Nov—Sun 5 Jan. Princes Street Gardens. l0am--l lptn. Come and join in the ftiii with the iconic [Edinburgh wheel this Christmas.

Acrobounce Thu 28 Nov-Sun 5 Jan. Princes Mall Rooftop Plaza. Princes Street. 473 3800. 10am—8pm. £4. liiijoy this high flying experience as you‘re catapulted 9m high to weightless freedom. Legend of the Saltire and Lion Sat 30 Nov. 1 1am. noon. 2pm 8; 3pm. £8 (£2—£6). lidinburgh Castle. Royal Mile. 225 9846. Living History Scotland tells the story behind the Saltire and the Lion Rampant of our national and royal flags. The Switch-on! Sat 30 Nov. Castlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2010. 4.30—5pm. Following events throughout the day. rugby star Gavin Hastings lights up Castlehill in celebration of Saint Andrews Day and Castlehill Christmas. As if that celeb injection wasn't enough. there's also a fashion parade of kilts throughout the ages as well as street theatre.

Santa’s Breakfast Sun 1 Dec. Jenners. Princes Street. 225 2442.

l lam—noon. £5. Santa ClaUs is coming for lunch and you're all invited. Check out the 40ft Christmas tree while you‘re there. Grand Fantastical Christmas Parade Sun 1 Dec. City Centre. 5pm. Free. This impressive parade promises to be bigger and better than ever before with spectacular theatre. floats and marching bands. culminating in a grand finale in Festival Square.

Light Fantastic Thu 5 Dec. St Andrews Square Gardens. 5pm. Come along and join in the festive fun as the St Andrews Square lights are switched on in association with the Royal Bank of Scofland.

Winter Wonderland Opening Thu 5 Dec. Princes Street Gardens liast. Princes Street. 473 3600. 6pm. £4.50—£5.50 (£2.50—£16 for family). Come and see the opening of this spectacular ice rink and Christmas fair as they take centre stage in the heart of lidinburgh. ()ther exciting features include a toboggan run. covered cafe area and fairground rides.

Christmas Capers Sat 7—Sun 22 Dec. £7.95 (£4.50). Dynamic liarth. Holyrood Road. 55(1 7800. Celebrate Christmas with a difference and take part in lots of festive fun for all the family.

Learn to Play Ice Hockey Mon 9 Dec. 5—6pm. £5. Princes Street Gardens liast. Princes Street. 473 3600. Let the professionals teach you a thing or two in this Winter Wonderland.

The Strange Tale of Santa Claus Mon 9 8.: Tue 10 Dec. 10am. Times vary. Lauriston Castle. 2a Cramond Road South. 336 2060. Nursery and primary schools meet Santa Claus.


Children’s Classic Concerts Sun 8 Dec. 3pm. £9.50 (£5). L'sher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 l 155. Sec Glasgow.

Theatre & Dance

The Happy Gang’s Fairytale Christmas Wed 4—Thu 5 Dec. Wed 10.15am; Thu 10.15am 8; l.l5pm. £7.50—family ticket £24. L'sher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 l 155. See Glasgow. The Singing Kettle’s Christmas in Toytown Wed 4—Sun 8 Dec. Wed & Thu 10am & 1pm: Fri 2pm & 6pm: Sat | 1am. 2pm & 6pm; Stiii noon 8; 3pm. £8—£9. Festival Theatre. 13—29 Nicolson Street. 529 6000. See Glasgow. Sleeping Beauty and the Beast Thu 12—Sat 14 Dec. 7pm; Sat 2pm & 7pm. £3 (£2.50). Corstorphine Youth and Community Centre. 12 Kirk Loan Corstorphine. 334 1475. Corstorphine‘s children's pantomime.


Maisie Goes Walkabout Until Tue 24 Dec. Netherbow Arts Centre. 43—45 High Street. 556 9579. Aileen Paterson‘s original drawings of Maisie. Edinburgh‘s favourite pussy cat. are on show for the festive season.

My Queen Elizabeth L'ntil Sun l9 Jan. National Portrait Gallery. 1 Queen Street. 624 6200. In association with Blue P’Ier. this exhibition highlights the 50 prize-winning entries in their Golden Jubilee portrait competition.

The Golden Ages of Toys Sat 30 Nov—Sat 7 Jun. Free. Museum of Childhood. 42 High Street. 529 4142. Share the magic of Meccano. Hornby train sets. teddy bears and the wonderful array of toys that came to life between 1890 and 1930.

Outside the Cities

Activities and Fun

New Lanark Christmas Experience tintil Sun 5 Jan.

1 lam—5pm. £6.95. New l.anark Visitor Centre. New Lanark Mills. New Lanark.


01555 661345. Recapture the magic of Christmas at New Lanark's grotto. the Spirit of Christmas ride and panto fun for all the family.

Film Weekend Workshop Sat 30 Nov—Sun 1 Dec. 11am—4pm. £12. Dundee Contemporary Arts. 152 Nethergate. Dundee. 01382 909900. Ages l2-plus. Learn the basics of writing. shooting and editing short scenes in this two-day workshop.

Santa Cruises on the Union Canal Sat 7—Sun 8 Dec. 10.30am—4.30pm. £7.50. Edinburgh Canal Centre. the Bridge Inn 27 Baird Road. Ratho. 333 1320. Hour long cruises to find Santa's enchanted castle on the Union Canal. Watch out for his friends on the bank and Santa will come on board to give out gifts and sing carols (coffee and mince pies for the adults).

Winter Walkers Sat 7 Dec. l—3pm. £1. McManus Galleries. Albert Square. Dundee. 01382 432084. Ages 8—12. Customise you wellies to be the coolest kid this winter.

Theatre & Dance

A Christmas Carol Thu 28 Nov—Fri 20 Dec. 10am & 2pm. £8 (£4—£5). MacRobert. L'niversity of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 466666. Ages over 5. The spirit of Christmas is recreated in this timeless family tale.

The Happy Prince Sat 30-Sun I Dec. Tue 3—Sun 8 Dec. Tue l0—Thu 12 Dec. Sat 1 1am 8; 2pm; Sun 1 1am & 3pm; times vary. £3. MacRobert. University of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 466666. Annie Wood directs Oscar Wilde's adapted story of the statue whose tears splish on a passing swallow and spark off a magical friendship.

The International Purves Puppets Biggar Puppet Theatre. Broughton Road. 01899 220631. £5 (£4); fatnily tickets £23 & £36. Phone or see for details.



Wednesday I I December


Glasgow Science Centre

(across the Clyde from the SECC)

Tickets Adult £3.50 Child £2.50

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