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Dundee December 2012

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What's on in Dundee in December 2012?


Event of the month

RSNO Christmas Concert

RSNO Christmas Concert (21 December 2012)

Perfect for all the family, with enchanting music from the RSNO Orchestra and RSNO Chorus. Packed full of traditional sing-a-long carols, popular festive tunes, and a special screening of The Snowman, it is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. - Find out more in our RSNO Christmas Concert blog post.


Santa Special Train (9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 December 2012) - Enjoy a festive trip on the Caledonian Railway, complete with a visit from Santa himself! Take a 20 minute journey to Bridge of Dun where you can soak up the atmosphere listening to carols, before returing to Brechin. Santa and his helpers will make sure everyone gets a present along the way. - Caledonian Railway, The Station, Park Road, Brechin, DD9 7AF - www.caledonianrailway.com

The Snow Queen (4 December 2012 – 5 January 2013) - Based on the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy story, and adapted by leading playwright Mike Kenny. This is a magical tale of adventure, friendship and discovery, perfect for the family to enjoy this festive season - Dundee Rep Theatre, Tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB - www.tickets.dundeerep.co.uk/public

Meet Santa and the Animals (8, 9 15, 16, 22 & 23 December 2012) - Take the kids to Camperdown Wildlife Centre this December to visit Santa Claus in his colourful grotto and they will receive a special gift. Hot drinks and mince pies will be served in the cafe by Mrs Claus. Plus see the animals and take part in the fun family activities on offer. - Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, DD2 4TF - www.camperdownwildlifecentre.com

Slade & Sweet (14 December 2012) - Your chance to hear that iconic Christmas song live, as seventies sensation Slade are back on road to say ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’. Accompanied by fellow rockers Sweet, this is a show for all the glam rock fans out there. - Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk

Daniel Sloss: The Show (8 December 2012) - Fresh from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival , star of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock The Week and 8 out of 10 Cats, Daniel Sloss continues his rise to fame as he tours with his new show. - Dundee Rep Theatre, Tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB - www.tickets.dundeerep.co.uk/public

Surplus Cameo Decor, Edgar Schmitz (Until 14 December 2012) - This is the first major Scottish exhibition by Edgar Schmitz, turning the Cooper Gallery into a semi-fictional hub for cinematic plots and invited cameo appearances. - Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Perth Road, Dundee, DD1 4HT - www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad

Edinburgh December 2012

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What's on in Edinburgh in December 2012?


Event of the month

Edinburgh's Christmas

Edinburgh's Christmas (29 November 2012 – 6 January 2013)

Edinburgh is regarded as one of best UK cities to celebrate Christmas and attracts thousands of people every year. Sparkling with lights, funfairs and fireworks and bringing six weeks of festive cheer to the capital, there’s something to brighten up everyone’s winter. - Find out more in our Edinburgh's Christmas blog post.


Foodies Festival – Christmas (1-2 December 2012) - Calling all food lovers – this December the Foodies Festival returns to Edinburgh. Get the chance to meet top celebrity chefs, experience mouth-watering festive dishes and witness top culinary talent from all around the world. Sample dishes and buy treats from over 100 different exhibitors and enjoy a wonderful family, festive day out. - Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE - www.foodiesfestival.com/christmas

Flamenco Noche (2 December 212) - Want to be transported to another land, where the sun shines? Then why not experience an evening full of Flamenco spirit. The performance will feature impeccable flamenco musicians and dancers providing the audience with an electric show. Stick around after the show and enjoy some Spanish tapas. - Alba Flemenca, 74 East Crosscauseway, Edinburgh EH8 9HQ - www.albaflamenca.co.uk

Dirty Dancing (4 – 29 December 2012) - The musical remake of Dirty Dancing has become the fastest selling West End show in history. The show provides audience members with an unparalleled live experience, full of heart-pounding music, romantic story and of course sexy dancing! Are you ready to have the time of your life? - The Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - www.edinburghplayhouse.org.uk

Jason Byrne, People’s Puppeteer (8 December 2012) - Thanks to popular demand, Jason Byrne is back to greet Britain with laughs and madness. Jason’s high-energy gigs have made him the biggest star comedian at Edinburgh Comedy Festival. The ‘People’s Puppeteer’ is a brand new show packed with new props, new stories and his trademark level of insanity - Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE - www.jasonbyrne.ie

Rufus Wainwright (13 December 2012) - Join Rufus for an emotional journey where fans get to be close and personal with arguably one of the world’s greatest songwriters around. The new album Out of the Games, explores death, engagement and new life with help from the collaborator Mark Ronson. - Usher Hall, Lothian Road Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2EA - www.usherhall.co.uk

Torchlight Procession (30 December 2012) - The Torchlight Procession marks the opening of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. Witness thousands of torch carriers form a river of fire as they move through the city. Ending at Calton Hill, crowds will be treated to a spectacular fireworks display. With proceeds from the sale of torches due to go Radio Forth Cash for Kids and Barnardo’s Scotland, this is one festive event not to be missed. - From Parliament Square to Calton Hill - www.edinburghshogmanay.org

Candlelit Concert in St Giles’ Cathedral (31 December 2012) - Experience a festive celebration like no other and enjoy the candlelit ambiance of St Giles’ Cathedral. The evening concert will be a celebration of music performed by the talented St Giles’ Cathedral Choir, directed by Michael Harris. The cathedral’s orchestra, lead by Angus Ramsay will also feature a spectacular array of young soloist. - St Giles' Cathedral, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE - www.edinburghshogmanay.org

London December 2012

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What's on in London in December 2012?


Event of the month

Tower of London Ice Rink

London Ice Rinks (16 November 2012 - 6 January 2013)

As the short days draw and the winter feeling really kicks in, London’s ice rinks come alive. This year sees the capital open its doors to a number of ice rinks, with more choice and availability than ever before. - Find out more in our London Ice Rinks blog post.


Walking with Dinosaurs (26 December 2012 – 6 January 2013) - Thanks to popular demand the O2 welcome backs the award winning arena spectacular Walking With Dinosaurs. Based on the BBC television series, the show brings to life 20 to-scale dinosaurs giving the audience the opportunity to experience pre-historic giants. This show is set to astound audience members thanks to its epic proportions. - The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DY - www.theo2.co.uk/event/walking-with-dinosaurs

Statoil Masters Tennis (5 – 9 December 2012) - Set in the legendary venue of the Royal Albert Hall the Statoil Master Tennis is the perfect way to kick-start the festive season and provides a unique opportunity to see some of the greatest legends of all time. Show your support as Tim Henman returns to defend his London title alongside an all-star line up. - Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP - www.statoilmasterstennis.com

The Gadget Show Christmas Live (30 November - 2 December 2012) - Calling all gadget lovers! This December will see in the Gadget Show Christmas, an exhibition packed with the best gadget gifts, games and toys. The Gadget Show is the place to go to spot all the hottest gadgets and get hands on with the new technology. You can even pick up show discounts on the day! - ExCel, London, E16 1XL - www.gadgetshowlive.net

Viva Forever Opening Night (11 December 2012) - Celebrating the most successful girl group of all time - Viva Forever, The Spice Girls musical opens this winter. The band sold over 75million records worldwide and cultivated the charts during the 1990s, spreading girl power across the world. With a script by Jennifer Saunders and the show produced by Judy Craymer (the brains behind Mamma Mia!), this show is set to be big. - Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY - www.piccadillytheatre.org/viva-forever

British Military Tournament (8 - 9 December 2012) - Marking the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012, this year’s British Military Tournament will celebrate the life and times of Her Majesty the Queen. This exhibition is an unforgettable opportunity for the whole family to admire the skills and precision of the British Armed Forces and show appreciating for our heroes. - Earls Court, Hammersmith Road London W14 8UX - www.britishmilitarytournament.com

Cinderella (12 December 2012 – 26 January 2013) - Be prepared to be captivated by this original take of one of the oldest and best-loved fairytales of all times. The revival of Cinderella demonstrates the quirky style of the producers and the crystal-clear storytelling of the director. The new production of this classic fairytale dream comes alive and features plenty of new twists. - St. James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA - www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/events/cinderella

Hanukkah (8 – 16 December 2012) - Enjoy Hanukka this year in Central London and see the lighting of a giant menorah in Trafalgar Square, where an additional light is lit every evening. Watch as the final light is lit to see who joins in on the celebrations – last year Borris Johnson was present with senior Jewish figures. - Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N 5DN

Nitro Circus Live (3 December 2012) - Witness Nitro Circus perform death-defying stunts on motocross bikes, skis, skateboards, shopping trolleys and anything else these adrenaline-mad performers can get their hands on. The O2 arena will be transformed into a playground for Nitro Circus, where they will entertain the crowds with jaw-dropping stunts – this is one display not to be missed. - The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DY - www.theo2.co.uk/event/nitro-circus-live

Great Christmas Pudding Race 2012 (1 December 2012) - The Great Christmas Pudding Race returns to Covent Garden for its 32nd race. Organised by CRAC, this event raises money for Cancer Research UK. The great Christmas Pudding Race is a guaranteed fun day out with entertainment, guest celebrities and some amazing costumes on offer. - Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 8RF - www.xmaspuddingrace.org.uk