Pitt Street Market

Pitt Street Market will be decking its halls as the Leith market gets into the Christmas spirit. There’s a variety of street food, alongside weekly guest food-vans throughout the month. Pitt Street staples Ròst will be serving up Christmas stuffing bao buns, pheasant burgers and even Asian brussels sprouts. Or try out Barnacles and Bones’ roast dinner wrapped in a Yorkshire pudding wrap. Visitors can expect to hear live music from some of Pitt’s favourite acts and pick up a locally-grown Nordmann Fir or Fraser Fir tree. No need to worry about wrapping up warm either, as the market takes place in their indoor, heated warehouse.

November 30-December 22 (Saturday and Sunday) from midday until 10pm (Saturday) and midday until 6pm (Sunday).

Entry is £2

125-137 Pitt Street, Leith, EH6 4DE

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Award-winning composer and songwriter Danny Elfman is bringing Tim Burton’s timeless Disney classic The Nightmare Before Christmas to Glasgow for a special arena show as part of the film’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Elfman, alongside members of the original cast and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will take the stage of the SSE Hydro. The conductor, John Mauceri, will be leading the orchestra and choir which will be performing the film’s score and songs live to the accompanying movie. After three sold out nights at the Hollywood Bowl earlier in the year, this run of shows marks the second time the special concert has left America.

December 2 from 6.30pm

Tickets from £42.55

The SSE Hydro, Glasgow City Centre, G3 8YW

We Will Rock You

Since 2002, the musical We Will Rock You has been seen by more than 16 million theatre goers across 19 countries. This multi-million-pound show is sure to dazzle all your senses and is one not to be missed. A show that emulates the scale and spectacle of Queen’s live performances throughout their career. The show features 24 of Queen’s greatest hits, including fan favourites Radio Ga Ga, Bohemian Rhapsody and, of course, We Will Rock You.

December 9 to December 28

Tickets from £13

Theatre Royal Glasgow, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA

Christmas at the Botanics

Edinburgh’s most popular festive event returns for its third year this month. The after-dark extravaganza will see the garden transformed with a variety of new attractions. Take a walk among the lights of the laser garden or watch the waterside reflections from the Festive Flotilla as hundreds of glowing boats float along the water. Or walk between the huge icicles and neon spiral trees. The Tunnel of Light returns with its twinkling pea lights, as well as the Scented Fire Garden. Finish up the evening with the Festive Finale and witness the coloured projections dance to much-loved Christmas classics.

November 22 to December 29

Tickets start from £11

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Stockbridge and Canonmills, EH3 5LR


This December, TaleGate Theatre Productions and Aberdeen Arts Centre are bringing to life family-favourite Aladdin. Follow the story of Aladdin and his troublesome mum as Aladdin journeys to beat the evil Abanazar in a pantomime full of Aberdonian charm. The show is bursting with songs, silliness and audience participation – all the magic of a traditional pantomime.

December 6 at 7pm

Tickets start from £16

Aberdeen Arts Centre, 33 King Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AA

Hello, Robot

A new, ground-breaking exhibition that investigates the science of robots and looks at how they are changing the world we live in, is on display at the V&A in Dundee. The exhibitions showcases the startling impact that robots have already had on our world – from fashion to architecture and even in social care practices. The exhibition explores how popular culture has influenced our perception of robots and artificial humans and the impact this technology has had on industry – looking at the ever-increasing blurring of the boundaries between human machine.

Until February 9

Tickets start from £6

V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, DD1 4EZ

Christmas Night Market

One of Scotland’s most loved farm shops, Balgove Larder, returns for the fourth season of its famous Night Markets. Taking place in their recently refurbished Steak Barn, with a covered veranda and wood fired BBQ, guests can enjoy street food straight from the BBQ or sample food and drink from a variety of vendors. Relax and enjoy live music from local artists or browse the craft markets.

December 3-December 4 from 4pm-8pm

Entry is free

Balgove Larder, Strathtyrum Estate, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9SF

David Mach: Odyssey

Internationally renowned sculptor David Mach constructed one of his signature stacked newspaper sculptures in Dunfermline’s gallery. Using shipping containers, old sea-worn wood, shipping buoys and, of course, newspapers (six tonnes to be precise) he created his latest piece. Mach justified his use of these materials, and the inspiration behind Odyssey – arguing for the importance of sea containers in our every day lives.

December 1-December 31

Entry is free

Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, Abbot Street, Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 7NL

Lewis Capaldi

Following the release of the extended version of his debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, everyone’s favourite Scottish singer-songwriter returns for his final run of Scottish shows this year, before stepping up and taking the stage at The Hydro in March. Following a multitude of successes across the globe, including his debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’ topping the charts here in the UK, as well as a number one single with ‘Someone You Loved’ at home and across the pond in America. With his soulful voice and emotional lyrics, being heartbroken never sounded so good.

December 7 and December 8 at 7pm

Tickets from £22.50

O2 Academy Glasgow, 121 Eglinton Street, Glasgow, G5 9NT

Snow Patrol

Fourteen years after starting out as a student band at Dundee University, Snow Patrol are still going strong. In 2003, they released Final Straw, their first Number 1 album. Their latest album, A Hundred Million Suns, is the band's most ambitious collection of music to date.

December 2-December 3 from 7-10.30pm

Tickets from £49.50

Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA