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More details - Exhibition of Dorothea Nimmo Smith paintings:  1940s & 50s Haddington
A Sense of Place: paintings by Dorothea Nimmo Smith of Haddington in the 1940s and ‘50s. Dorothea Nimmo Smith (1889 to 1962), was a talented water colourist capturing more than a hundred water colours of Haddington street scenes.
John Gray Centre, 15 Lodge Street, Haddington
Today

More details - The Great War
Groups all over East Lothian have been marking the centenary of the Great War. Our exhibition in Dunbar highlights photos of troops training, leaving for battle and the work of the Battery Hospital. This will be exhibited alongside panels of the touring exhibition: East Lothian at War.
Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery, High Street, Dunbar
Today and Wed 21 Nov

More details - Meet professional MasterChef winner Gary Maclean
Come along and meet professional MasterChef winner Gary Maclean. Gary will be holding a book signing for his new book ‘Gary Maclean’s Kitchen Essentials’ as well as food tastings and special offers at selected Dobbies stores.
Dobbies Edinburgh Melville Nursery Lasswade Midlothian
Fri 23 Nov

More details - Meet the Makers Late Night Shopping Event & Charity Raffle
We’re kicking off our Thursday late night shopping events with a special Christmas ‘Meet the Makers’ evening where you’ll get to meet some of the designers and producers behind our labels, helping you pick the best of their collections.
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Nr Edinburgh
Thu 29 Nov

More details - St Andrew's Night in Restoration Café
Pull up a chair for our first ever St Andrew’s Night opening in Restoration Café. Rhumbledethumps – clapshot – skirlie cake – you’ll find the best Scottish produce on our fabulous menu designed by Head Chef Colin Halliday.
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Nr Edinburgh
Fri 30 Nov

More details - Santa's Grotto
Santa and his elves are coming to Dalkeith Country Park to give your kids an unforgettably magical experience this Christmas.
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Nr Edinburgh
Sat 1 Dec, Sun 2 Dec, Sat 8 Dec, Sat 15 Dec, Sun 16 Dec, Sat 22 Dec, Sun 23 Dec

More details - Felt Stocking Workshop for Adults
Take a step off the world - come along to this crafting class for grown-ups where you will make a beautifully unique Christmas stocking for you or for one of your favourite people to hang on the mantelpiece come Christmas Eve. Festive nibbles and drinks will be on hand to get those creative juices flowing.
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Nr Edinburgh
Sat 1 Dec

More details - Santa Steam Trains
Travel on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway. Santa travels by Steam Train, giving a gift to each of the young passengers. Christmas decorations and Christmas songs create a festive atmosphere. Adults receive seasonal refreshments at Bo’ness station. Special timetable; Advance Booking Essential.
Boness & Kinneil Railway
Sat 1 Dec, Sun 2 Dec, Sat 8 Dec, Sun 9 Dec, Sat 15 Dec, Sun 16 Dec, Sat 22 Dec, Sun 23 Dec

More details - Pom Pom Workshop for Kids
Keep your sanity. Let the kids get crafty at Restoration Yard – not at home. Book your creative kids in for this fun workshop to make a colourful mantelpiece worthy pom-pom tree that you’ll love every year after. This event will take place in the Boudoir at Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park.
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Nr Edinburgh
Sun 2 Dec

More details - Enjoy a Festive Feast at Restoration Café
Restoration Yard is magical during the festive season. For work Christmas lunches, family get togethers, catching up with friends, you’ll find a delicious menu created by our Head Chef using the best seasonal ingredients.
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Nr Edinburgh
Mon 3 Dec to Fri 7 Dec, Mon 10 Dec to Fri 14 Dec, Mon 17 Dec to Fri 21 Dec, Mon 24 Dec

More details - Vivaldi's Four Seasons by Candlelight
With a programme loaded full of Classical delights and Baroque masterpieces, this magical concert presented by London Concertante, is one you do not want to miss!
St Giles’ Cathedral, High Street, Edinburgh
Fri 7 Dec

More details - Santa's Farmyard Cottage
SANTA’S FARMYARD COTTAGE -  8th, 9th, and daily from 14th - 24th December Once again, it’s the time of the year when dear old Santa Claus visits Almond Valley and settles into his comfortable farmyard cottage within a chilly midwinter forest.
Almond Valley Heritage Centre
Sat 8 Dec, Sun 9 Dec, Fri 14 Dec to Mon 24 Dec

More details - Wreath Making Workshop for Adults
Set your most creative festive spirit free this December. Come make a beautiful Christmas wreath with our Restoration Yard experts – your door will be the envy of your neighbourhood, we promise. Festive nibbles and drinks will be on hand to get those artistic juices flowing.
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Nr Edinburgh
Sat 8 Dec, Sat 15 Dec

More details - Pottery Decoration Workshop
Personalise your tree with your kids’ artistic endeavours. In this fun, hands-on workshop kids of all ages can paint and glitter pre-made clay decorations and walk away with two unique pieces of keep-forever festive art.
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Nr Edinburgh
Sun 9 Dec, Sun 16 Dec

More details - Late Night Shopping & Dining
Make an evening of it at Restoration Yard this Christmas – December 13th is our new Shop & Dine event. Restoration Café will open exclusively with bookings taken from 6pm to 8pm for ticket holders to book in for a Christmas meal and some festive drinks before or after their shopping expedition (store open til 8pm).
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Nr Edinburgh
Thu 13 Dec

More details - Santa Breakfasts
SANTA BREAKFASTS - 14th, 17th - 21st December Enjoy a tasty breakfast before visiting jolly old Santa in his magic cottage. Brilliant breakfasts are served at 10.30 and 11.00, and must be booked in advance.
Almond Valley Heritage Centre
Fri 14 Dec, Mon 17 Dec to Fri 21 Dec

More details - Christmas Afternoon Teas
CHRISTMAS AFTERNOON TEAS - 14th, 17th - 21st December Enjoy a smart sophisticated seasonal afternoon tea, with cakes, sandwiches and many dainty festive nibbles. These cost £9.95 per adult, which includes free admission to Almond Valley. For children, there’s a perfect scaled-down version priced at £4.
Almond Valley Heritage Centre
Fri 14 Dec, Mon 17 Dec to Fri 21 Dec

More details - Santa Suppers
SANTA SUPPERS - 14th, 17th - 21st December A warming and yummy evening supper, served at your tables by the kitchen elves. Once everyone has had their fill it’s time to visit Santa, receive an early Christmas present, then go wild in the soft play area. Supper starts at 16.30 and the fun continues until 18.30.
Almond Valley Heritage Centre
Fri 14 Dec, Mon 17 Dec to Fri 21 Dec

More details - Viennese Christmas by Candlelight
Touring their ever-popular festive programme, London Concertante travel the length and breadth of the country presenting treats from across Europe to get you in the mood for mulled wine, mince pies, and baubles.
St Giles’ Cathedral, High Street, Edinburgh
Fri 14 Dec

More details - Meet professional MasterChef winner Gary Maclean
Come along and meet professional MasterChef winner Gary Maclean. Gary will be holding a book signing for his new book ‘Gary Maclean’s Kitchen Essentials’ as well as food tastings and special offers at selected Dobbies stores.
Dobbies Livingston Beughburn Houstoun Mains Livingston
Sat 15 Dec

More details - Santa Fun Run
Run as Santa Claus for a most worthy cause. Our festive fun run through the magical woodlands of Dalkeith Country Park is the perfect way to stave off those inevitable Christmas calories whilst doing your bit for charity; we’ll be donating a percentage of the proceeds to our chosen charity, CHAS (Children’s Hospices...
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Nr Edinburgh
Sun 16 Dec

More details - Viennese Christmas by Candlelight
Touring their ever-popular festive programme, London Concertante travel the length and breadth of the country presenting treats from across Europe to get you in the mood for mulled wine, mince pies, and baubles.
St Giles’ Cathedral, High Street, Edinburgh
Fri 21 Dec

More details - Hobo Cinema – An Indoor Winter Woodland Cinema
Our indoor winter woodland cinema is the perfect setting for a classic Christmas movie! Beautiful winter foliage, twinkling festoon with rich hot chocolates, spiced mulled wine and gourmet popcorn. Not your average cinema!
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Nr Edinburgh
Fri 21 Dec to Mon 24 Dec

More details - Breakfast With Santa
Make the lead up to Christmas even more magical for your little elves by treating them to Breakfast with Santa at Restoration Café. You can all enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast in magical surroundings whilst your child meets the man of the moment and receives a gift.
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Nr Edinburgh
Sat 22 Dec and Sun 23 Dec

More details - Winter Diesel Gala
Primarily aimed at Diesel Enthusiasts, but interesting to anyone who wants to re-live the sounds and smells of these great diesel engines of the Swinging Sixties, this weekend will feature locomotives from the home fleet together with guest locomotives which are to be confirmed.
Bo’ness Railway, Union Street. Bo’ness
Sat 29 Dec

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