In search of some festive feels? From ceilidhs to carols, pantos to promenade, we’ve pulled together a few of our favourite events happening in the region this December. We’d love to hear yours too. 

Tortoise in a Nutshell bring their new multi-sensory, family show to Lyth Arts Centre from 16-18 December. Ginger tells the tale of a misshapen gingerbread person, marked for the bin. Follow the biscuity hero as they inspire a picture-perfect kitchen to come alive in a cacophony of chaos.

Scottish Ensemble returns to some of Scotland’s most beautiful and atmospheric venues for their annual seasonal treat. With the musicians surrounded by warm flickering candlelight, Concerts by Candlelight will take you on a journey,  from the baroque in the form of music by J.S. Bach, to the present – including the rich expansive melodies of Caroline Shaw and the sensuous and emotional music of Pēteris Vasks. At Inverness Cathedral on 2 and St John’s Kirk, Perth, on 3 Dec. 

The Bros and The Ho Ho Has Christmas Island Tour takes in halls across the Isle of Skye, mixing music, family and Christmas cheer. Equally at home on the big stage as intimate village halls, Megan Henderson and Ewan Robertson from Breabach are on vocals, fiddle, guitar and step dance, with Ingrid Henderson and Iain MacFarlane from the Glenfinnan Cèilidh Band on harp, piano, fiddle and stories. Expect traditional songs and music peppered with festive classics and sing-along carolling. 8-10 Dec. 

Find your inner unicorn and join the glittering, magical Raw Material for a Unicorn Christmas Party at Eden Court from 15-23 Dec. Melody and Luna bring a little winter sunshine, moonlight, good times and a lot of boogie, with easy-to-follow dance moves and a soundtrack of Christmas hits for under 7s.

If you prefer twinkling stars to shiny baubles, then Dark Sky December at Abriachan Forest on 17 December is for you. There will be campfire storytelling, with tales steeped in Highland folklore. 

Strathearn Arts brings Australian Ballet’s stunning adaptation of Cinderella to the big screen on 16 December.

And be sure to start the New Year right with Mairi Campbell: Auld Lang Syne at An Tobar, Tobermory, on 21 January. Blending storytelling, animation and movement with new music, it’s beautiful, funny and heartfelt.

Warm wishes to all of you. May 2023 bring you lots of live performance!

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