Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!
November 29–December 3
World-renowned choreographer, Matthew Bourne brings his sugar-coated spectacular to the Edinburgh Festival Theatre for a limited run before leaping off to London’s West End. Children and adults alike will adore being transported to Sweetieland with this contemporary interpretation of the classic Christmas ballet, which features lashings of Bourne’s trademark wit and spellbinding choreography.
The Enchanted Castle
December 4, 11
Stroll through the rooms at Culzean Castle And Country Park for an enchanting fairytale experience this winter as each room is to be transformed into a living scene from well-loved childhood tales. Costumed characters, music and song will be used to transport your family into a classic story such as Cinderella, Alice In Wonderland and Narnia.
Celebrate the beautiful trees at Newhailes Estate in Musselburgh by creating eco-friendly decorations to be hung around the imposing 17th century house or taken home to adorn your own Christmas tree.
Meet Santa And The Animals
Meet a Santa Clause and his elf at Camperdown Wildlife Centre in Dundee who will be mingling with the many varieties of wildlife onsite then head to Mrs Clause’s Café for a warming winter bite.
Santa At Almond Valley
Look out for the rotund fellow in red nestled away in the woods at Almond Valley Heritage Centre who will be dishing out Christmas presents to children both naughty and nice. Families can also enjoy Christmas crafts and meeting adorable animals in a special nativity scene.
Get into the spirit of Christmas past at Brodrick Castle with an afternoon of carol singing, chestnut roasting, Christmas crafting and mince pie devouring. Father Christmas will be on hand to add a touch of magic to the vintage style celebrations with a spot of seasonal storytelling.
Christmas Choral And Carol Service
Join the Pitlochry District Choral Society in the grand ballroom at Blair Castle for a festive performance including carols and seasonal readings.
Sunday 11, 18
All aboard! Cruise serenely down the Linlithgow Canal, enjoying a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
Christmas Craft Workshop
Deck your halls with festive finery after taking part in a family workshop at Hopetoun House. A jolly time is certain to be had by all with mince pies and music adding to the cheerful Christmas atmosphere.
Wrap up warm and take a tour around Beecraigs Country Park with the ranger who will allow you to take a closer look at the park’s majesticred deer.