1. Ice Adventure
George Street, Edinburgh, until December 24

Explore this immersive walk-through experience and travel through Scotland’s rich and magical history, all filled to the brim with ice and snow sculptures to take your breath away. From mythical creatures to historical figures and, of course, a whisky barrel or two along the way, goers will be astounded by the lifelike ice sculptures in this exhibition which is part of Edinburgh's Christmas, the six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the capital.

Tickets start from £7. Also, take in Edinburgh’s only Ice Bar where you can enjoy a specially-made hot toddy. With a setting of -10 C, be sure to wrap up warm. Visit edinburghschristmas.com for more information.

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2. Alice in Weegieland
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, until January 7

All the talk of Brexit, Trump and yet another series of Celebrity Big Brother has made Alice bored. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she has her ballet exam to head to and can’t remember the difference between good toes and naughty toes. Deciding to skip the exam and follow a mysterious white rabbit speaking an incomprehensible language (Glaswegian) down a hole, she finds herself in for a rude awakening when she lands with a thud in Weegieland.

Tickets cost between £11 and £20. Head to tron.co.uk to book.

3. Santa’s Reindeer Parade
High Street, Falkirk, Saturday

Santa and the beautiful Aviemore reindeer are stopping by Falkirk for a parade along the High Street at 2pm from the Bandstand. Led by Alloa and Bowmar Pipeband, children should have their letters ready for the man in red who will be at the East End of the High Street with his reindeer until 4pm.

Enjoy the local traders’ market and arts and crafts activities on offer throughout the day from 10am.

4. Stars and Stories
Royal Mile, Edinburgh, ongoing

Discover the hidden story of Edinburgh’s Old Town through a trail of beautiful illuminated quotations which shine a light on the print and publishing history of the Canongate area. Stars and Stories is a chance to explore a fascinating part of the Royal Mile and its amazing links to over 500 years of publishing history - a world of books, poetry and print. To see all boxes, find your way around with a map which can be downloaded at cityofliterature.com/starsandstories, or pick one up at any of the sites on the trail.

Whole trail should take 45 minutes to complete and is free to do.

5. Christmas Food Weekend
Bowhouse, Fife, Saturday and Sunday

The newly-opened food and drink hub just outside St Monans is ready to welcome some of Scotland’s most exciting food and drink producers to the market. The event is an opportunity to see, discuss, taste and buy the best local food and drink made in Fife and beyond. The unique indoor market promises a vibrant festive atmosphere with live music, a dedicated street food area, food and craft demonstrations, children’s activities and a line up of some of Scotland’s very best food and drink producers in the covered market area. Visitors will enter through a specially-created enchanted forest filled with trees and home to a snug children’s storytelling area. Christmas trees will be on sale to take away on the day too.

The event will take place from 10am to 4pm both days and is free to attend.

6. Scottish Winter Festivals
An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis, until January 27

Join the popular arts venue to mark Scotland’s National Days of Celebration: St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night in a jam-packed programme which includes a specially-commissioned performance of “Burns on Strings,” a focus on Scottish film and themed menus offering the best of Scottish food and drink. Whether you want to see the Gaelic Gruffalo, sample Scottish gin, take part in a quiz night or dance the night away at a family ceilidh, visitors of all ages will be catered to this winter.

Visit lanntair.com to see the full programme and ticket information.

7. Corpies, Clippies & Light
Bridgeton Bus Garage, Glasgow, Saturday

Follow the light on a journey of a thousand lifetimes as heritage and art mesh to create a unique experience in this joint production between Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust and The Glasgow School of Art. Piercing the dark of winter, warping visitors into a new environment composed of classic buses, video, sound and light reflecting Scotland's transport history, GVVT’s vast and atmospheric Garage becomes a living 3D theatre as its colourful collection of vehicles take centre stage.

Tickets are £7.50. Book by searching the event at eventbrite.co.uk.

8. Christmas Market
Summerhall, Edinburgh, Sunday

The popular arts venue is once again transforming into a Christmas extravaganza, bringing together over 70 vendors, festive entertainment and a magical atmosphere to put the public in the spirit of the season. Pizza, Indian street food and vegan offerings will all be up for grabs as well as hot toddies, ciders and mulled wine. Summerhall’s community choir have a bank of carols to get through as pottery painting, festive wreath-making, alternative gifts, jam and artworks will be sure to keep goers busy. Handmade trinkets, jewellery, homeware, fashion and beauty products will celebrate the best of Edinburgh’s small businesses and artisans.

Tickets to the market are £2, with under-16s getting in free. Buy at the door. The market runs from 11am to 5pm. Head to summerhall.co.uk to book wreath-making.

9. Festive Weekend Fizz
200 SVS, Glasgow, Saturday

This month, Glasgow’s newest conference centre and restaurant will be the epitome of the indulgent brunch culture which has swept over bustling European cities this year. Add some fun and fizz to your weekend shopping spree this Christmas by tucking into a brunch dish and four festive cocktails of your choice.

Cost is £29 per person. Available sittings at 12pm to 2pm or 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Contact sales@200svs.com or call 0141 442 0088 to book a table.

10. Winter Wonderland Party
Hilton Glasgow, tomorrow and Saturday

Celebrate the festive season in the venue’s spectacular ballroom. Start your evening with a glass of sparkling wine before dining on a sumptuous three-course dinner. Heart Drivetime’s Paul Harper will keep guests entertained throughout the night, allowing you to dance the night away.

Book your place as soon as possible. Cost is £59 per person. Head to hiltonchristmas.co.uk for more information.


Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, until Saturday

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or is it? Rachel certainly used to think so. At least she did until her husband confessed on Christmas Eve that it isn’t Santa Claus she hears breaking in - but a hitman he’s hired to kill her. So she better run. Now. An immersive theatrical experience with elves, carols and snow, Reckless will be the first gift of your Christmas.

Advance tickets are £10 and can be booked at egtg.co.uk/tickets.