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Issue 84 - What's On

Scotland Magazine Issue 84
December 2015


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What's On

Edinburgh's Christmas & Hogmanay

Festive celebrations with Scotland's capital transformed into a winter wonderland centred on
Princes Street. Ice rink, big wheel, ice wall, Virgin Money Street of Light, children's market
and double carousel.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay is a ticketed three day event with street party and musical entertainment (old town ceilidh and concert in the gardens) culminating in the ‘Bells’ and one of the biggest firework
displays on the planet!

20 November – 6 January 2016 Edinburgh

Aberdeen's Winter Festival and Hogmanay
Street market, Christmas Village, Christmas carols, starting with fireworks on the beach and ending with fireworks from the rooftop of Her Majesty's Theatre.
31 December – 1 January 2016 Aberdeen

Stonehaven Fireball Festival
Colourful and traditional procession where on the stroke of midnight 45 participants swing blazing balls of fire above their heads, culminating with the balls being thrown into the harbour.
31 December – 1 January 2016 Stonehaven

• An Lanntair-Bliadhna Mhath Ur!
31 December – 2 January 2016
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Two evenings of music and dance to celebrate and bring in the new year.
An Lanntair – Facebook

• Celtic Connections
14 – 31 January 2016 20 venues, Glasgow
The largest annual Celtic music festival of its kind.

• Alloway 1759
20 – 25 January 2016 Alloway, Ayrshire
An all embracing celebration of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland's national bard in his Ayrshire birthplace. For the first time in over 100 years the doors of the Burns' cottage will be opened to allow characters from his poems to spill out into the street. Explore Ae Spark o' Nature's Fire, a themed, fire-lined garden and participate in the Alloway 1759 World Haggis Hurling Championship. There will be a Robert Burns Humanitarian Award Concert overlooking the Brig o' Doon.

• Big Burns Supper
22 – 30 January 2016 Dumfries
Now in its fifth year, the programme features a street parade, comedy, cabaret, spoken word and contemporary performances.
Tel: +44 (0) 1387 271 820

• Big Burns Stramash
23 January 2016 Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
A full day of events celebrating the work of Robert Burns and focussing on his epic poem Tam O' Shanter.

• Strathpuffer 24
23 January 2016 Torachilty Forest, Ross-shire
A winter 24 hour cross country mountain
bike race open to male and female participants and mixed teams with catagories for solo, pairs and quads.

• Burns Unplugged
24 January 2016 National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
A day-long event with performances from bands and singer-songwriters on stage in a remarkable setting. There will be music from across the ages and a series of activities and craft workshops, Scots poetry readings and storytelling.