Twelve days of Christmas - daily entertainment
Never mind the three French hens, what you want from your seasonal entertainment is a healthy dose of pomp and circumstance. Here’s a stocking-full of the glitziest events and most exciting spectacles around
1 Norweigan Carol Concert
Struggling to tap into the festive spirit? Awaken your seasonal senses at this sonorous evening of family carol singing with a Scandinavian slant. St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, Thu 22 Nov.
2 The Wizard of Oz
The Lyceum’s Christmas shows always tend to crank the magic up to 11, but recreating the all-singing, all-dancing Land of Oz in glorious Technicolour is an ambitious undertaking even for them.
Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, Sat 1–Sun 30 Dec.
The infectious Brazilian punk-poppets enlist Justice and Metronomy as their little helpers to kick off this year’s festive proceedings with a proper Christmas party.
Carling Academy, Glasgow, Wed 5 Dec.
4 The Golden Compass
The big, glossy cinematic equivalent of roast turkey with all the trimmings. Nicole Kidman and a be-whiskered Daniel Craig head up a thoroughly classy cast for the first part of Philip Pullman’s epic trilogy.
General release from Wed 5 Dec.
Vanishing Point’s Matthew Lenton writes and directs this big-spectacle version of the story about the wee lassie in the kitchen who gets her chance to go to the ball.
Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, Fri 7–Sat 29 Dec.
6 Sleeping Beauty
Gorgeous Gothic fairytale action as Ashley Page and Scottish Ballet put together an all-new version of the traditional story.
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Tue 11–Sat 29 Dec; Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 4–Sat 12 Jan.
7 The Pogues
‘It was Christmas Eve, babe. In the drunk tank.’ Aaah, proper seasonal excess. Shane McGowan’s lot only ever tour at Christmas these days. Sing along, everyone: ‘You scumbag, you maggot. . .’
Carling Academy, Glasgow, Tue 11 Dec.
8 It’s A Wonderful Life
Everyone’s favourite Christmas movie seems to be re-released every year now, but still tugs powerfully at the heartstrings. Every time a bell rings, an angel gets their wings, you know.
General release from Fri 14 Dec.
9 Death Disco XXXmas Party
Glasgow’s celebration of omnisexual electronic excess and horrendous holiday hair brings back punters’ favourite Erol Alkan for their annual Christmas bash.
Arches, Glasgow, Sat 15 Dec.
10 Cappella Nova: Carols by Candlelight
Epic Christmas choral programme, including Tom Cunningham’s musical setting of Alexander McCall Smith’s poems.
Barony Hall, Castle Street, Glasgow, Fri 21 Dec; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 22 Dec.
11 Derrick Carter at Ultragroove & Subculture
Multi-tasker Derrick Carter headlines Hogmanay parties in Edinburgh AND Glasgow.
Ultragroove Hogmanay, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh. Subculture Hogmanay, Sub Club & Classic Grand, Glasgow, Mon 31 Dec.
The RSNO ring in 2008 in splendid fashion with their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. Roy Goodman conducts, the RSNO Chorus sing, your heart stirs.
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Wed 2 Jan.