What’s on in Scotland: December 2014

It’s now officially the Christmas season, and we in Scotland are gearing up for a month of winter festivities! So what do we have on this month? Well, frankly we’re all spoiled for choice. Markets, musicals, concerts and Christmas displays litter this month’s calendar. Here are some of the highlights:

Christmas Symphony

In Aberdeen on the 19th of December we have the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Of course, they will be performing a host of Christmas classics to get you into the festive spirit. Hurry though, tickets are selling fast!  https://securetickets.boxofficeaberdeen.com/Online/mapSelect.asp

Edinburgh European Market

The Edinburgh Christmas Market
The Edinburgh Christmas Market

Each year people in Edinburgh and nearby eagerly await the opening of the European market. Dozens of stalls selling a fantastic array of food, drink, gifts, crafts and everything in between are set up in Princes Street Gardens throughout December. What’s more, an ice rink, fairground rides, and trees adorned with fairy lights bring the city to life until January 4th. Be sure to stop by if you’re in town!

Wicked

If you love a bit of a sing-along then you’ll be delighted to hear the the internationally acclaimed musical Wicked is on the stage in Edinburgh this month. Follow the story of the Wicked Witch of the West and see for yourself why rave reviews have been thrown at this spectacular production (by adults and children alike!). Follow the link for tickets and more details:  http://www.wickedtour.co.uk/buytickets_Edinburgh.asp

Candlelight Guided Walk

Lochwinnoch at dusk
Lochwinnoch at dusk

If you’d like a slightly quieter Christmas adventure then why not join the RSPB for a beautiful candlelit tour of the Lochwinnoch nature reserve. Make your own lantern and join the group on a guided walk around the stunning lake south-west of Glasgow, taking in the views by candlelight and learning a little about the reverse along the way. The link below will tell you more!  http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-383806

Holyrood at Christmas

Have you ever wondered how the royal family spend Christmas, or what Christmas was like 150 years ago? This special event at Holyrood Palace offers a unique glimpse into Christmas Day in the royal household during the Victorian era. Enjoy the splendour of 19th century royal festivities in one of Scotland’s most beautiful palaces!

http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/event/a-royal-christmas-at-the-palace-of-holyroodhouse-2014

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