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Christmas in Aberdeen 2017



It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Aberdeen will twinkle and sparkle for the 2017 festive season with Christmas in Aberdeen. Events and activities for all the family to enjoy with the exciting addition of the brand new Christmas Village on Broad Street. Download the Christmas in Aberdeen brochure or click on the event links below.


  • Aberdeen Christmas Village

    Friday 17 November - Sunday 31 December, Broad Street

    In partnership with Aberdeen Inspired and delivered by Codona's Amusement Park, we are thrilled to bring the Aberdeen Christmas Village to Aberdeen's brand new civic space on Broad Street. There will be something for all the family including a spectacular ice rinkand wonderful festive fairground.
  • FINE Christmas Food and Drink Market

    Thursday 23 - Sunday 26 November, Marischal College Quad

    Let us tell you the story of our region by celebrating local producers at FINE Christmas Food and Drink Market this November. During FINE you can choose from a selection of delicious artisan products and treat yourself or your loved ones to something tasty and unique this Christmas.
  • HAAN Christmas Design Market

    Thursday 7 - Sunday 24 December, Marischal Collage Quad

    HAAN Christmas Design Market is a new, high quality showcase of creative products from local, national and international designers and makers. A local word for 'hand' HAAN celebrates the best crafted and handmade treats from the region.
  • Additional Christmas Markets

    Friday 17 - Sunday 19 November

  • Community Market

    Friday 17 - Sunday 19 November

  • Christmas Tree Switch-On 2017

    Thursday 23 November, Castlegate - FREE

    Our twin town of Stavanger in Norway has once again kindly donated a magnificent Christmas tree. A carol service will be held at the Castlegate prior to the switch-on where the Lord Provost of Aberdeen and Deputy Mayor of Stavanger will light up the beautiful spruce. Musical entertainment will be provided by Big Noise, Torry.
  • Trinity Centre Reindeer Parade

    Sunday 26 November, 12noon,Union Street - FREE

    Santa and his Cairngorm Reindeer travel from the Castlegate to the Trinity Centre. For full details visit:
  • Christmas Lights Switch-on Parade and Denis Law Freedom of the City

    Sunday 26 November, 5.30pm, Union Street - FREE

    Football legend Denis Law will be awarded the Freedom of Aberdeen celebrated in a colourful parade from Albyn Place to the Castlegate. Denis will travel in an open top car down Union Street to the Town House, in the parade led by the Lord provost of Aberdeen, as part of Aberdeen's Christmas Lights switch-on.
  • Twelve Days of Christmas Wooden Carvings Trail

    Friday 1 - Wednesday 27 December 2017 - FREE

    Twelve unique and striking totem pole sculptures have been located across the city centre. Created by local chainsaw wood carver Gary Shand, the carvings depict the popular carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. This is sure to be a popular challenge for all ages, join the fun by using the hashtag #AberdeenChristmas2017 and share your pictures from the trail.
  • Nativity Scene

    Monday 4 December, 11am unveiling, St Nicholas Kirkyard - FREE

    An important reminder of what the festivities are all about. Aberdeen Churches Together will officially bless the crib and refreshments will be available after the event.
  • Carol Concerts 2017

    Saturday 16 December, 11am & 2pm, David Welch Winter Gardens, Duthie Park

    Join in singing your favourite carols to the accompaniment of the Bon Accord Silver Band and singers. Food bank donations are welcome.
  • Friends of Hazlehead Winter Wonderland

    Sunday 17 December, 12.30-2.30pm, Hazlehead Park

    Get in the festive spirit with Santa and his reindeer; join in with music and browse the craft stalls. Entertainment will be provided by Rock Choir, Hazlehead School Choir, Cairngorn Reindeers and Bon Accord Silver Band.
  • Aberdeen Hogmanay Celebrations 2017

    Sunday 31 December, from 9.30pm with fireworks at midnight, Schoolhill

    Bring in the bells to the music of Banjo Lounge Four and the Mersey Beatles before the impressive fireworks display from the HMT rooftop at midnight.