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Things to do in Scotland - Christmas 2017

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Visiting Scotland over the festive period? Make the most of the winter season in Scotland with our round up of the top events and things to do around Christmas 2017.

Aberdeen Winter Festival, 5 November to 31 December

Enjoy a walking trail, festive trail, Hogmanay celebrations and spectacular lights and decorations at Aberdeen’s annual winter festival. Venues around the city will be hosting their own festival events and you can explore the full programme on the website.

A Very Victorian Christmas, 3 December

Beautiful Stirling Castle is the venue for this celebration of the festive season featuring tales and traditions, and a look at how Charles Dickens found inspiration for A Christmas Carol. Booking essential – visit the website.

Christmas 1910, 3 December

Come along to Lauriston Castle and experience what Christmas may have been like in the Edwardian era. Meet Mr and Mrs Reid and their special guests to see how preparations are progressing for Christmas. Tickets: Adult £5/ child £3/ family £12.50.

Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, Edinburgh EH4 5QD; tel: 0131 529 3963; website.

Winter Warmer Walk, 17 December

A guided walk around Linlithgow Loch and Peel, which explores how the loch was created and the animals which call it home. Free, but booking essential. To book visit the website.

‘Frozen Museum’, throughout December

The city of Edinburgh will be home to a ‘frozen museum’ featuring figures including Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, Greyfriars Bobby and the Loch Ness Monster. The carved ice figures will be on display on George Street as part of the Edinburgh’s Christmas festival.

The museum will be a walk through, ticketed attraction, and the festival will also see General Register House on Princes Street transformed as archive images from the 20th century are projected onto the face of the building.

Website.

A Very Mary Christmas, 23 to 29 December

Come along to Edinburgh Castle and find out how Mary Queen of Scots and the royal court kept Christmas. Enjoy watching costumed performers mark the Twelve Days of Christmas, and enjoy the sights and sounds of a 16th-century Christmas.

Entry included within the cost of entry to Edinburgh Castle. Website.

(image copyright James Petts)

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