It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ...
Aberdeen will come alive with some seasonal sparkle for the 2020 festive season. Christmas in Aberdeen will look different this year but there will still be lots to enjoy.
Community Festive Lighting Fund
Small financial grants were available to community groups and organisations to decorate their local community as a way of celebrating the festive season. The application process closed noon, Friday 13 November.
Groups may receive up to £3000 to support a festive activity which can include decorations, festive lighting, trees and other festive related fixtures.
Please read the guidance before applying;
Supported by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen Inspired have launched the Aberdeen Gift Card. Give the gift of Aberdeen this Christmas and enjoy all the city has to offer. Whether it’s great shopping, fantastic food or excellent entertainment, experience the city centre with the Aberdeen Gift Card.
The Aberdeen Gift Card is a prepaid Mastercard that can be used like a debit or credit card on retail, leisure, hospitality and other services in the city centre.
Aberdeen city retailers, hospitality, health and beauty, hotels and entertainment - anywhere that accepts Mastercard debit transactions can sign up to take part in the Aberdeen Gift Card scheme. For more information visit www.aberdeeninspired.com
HAAN Design Pop up @ the Art Gallery
Saturday 5 - Monday 7 December
Local and national designers will come together to showcase crafts, arts and gifts providing a unique offering of high-quality products for your Christmas shopping. Come along and support some fantastic local businesses from the North East.
Our twin town Stavanger, Norway has once again kindly donated a magnificent Christmas tree to Aberdeen.
Please keep an eye on our City Events Facebook page for updates on when the lights will be switched on!
Monday 30 November – Wednesday 6th January 2021, dawn-dusk-FREE
St Nicholas Kirkyard
An important reminder of what Christmas is all about, come along to see our new arrival to the nativity scene this year.
12 Days of Christmas Sculpture Trail
Tuesday 1st - Thursday 24th December - FREE
Twelve unique and striking totem pole sculptures have been placed across the city centre – can you find them all and solve the Christmas puzzle?
Created by local chainsaw carver, Garry Shand, the carvings depict the popular carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. First launched in 2016, the trail is popular with all ages and this year there’s the added challenge of a Christmas puzzle to solve.
Downloadable trail sheet coming soon!
The city centre will come alive with new festive dressing decoration and lighting. In addition to the traditional Christmas lights down the length of Union Street, there will also be three 9.5 metre high Christmas trees in the Spaces for People pedestrian area between Market Street and Bridge Street.
Trees will also be located in St Nicholas Street, George Street and The Green which will also be lit up by 1000 white lights on the area’s trees helping to show off the surrounding NUART work to its best effect.
Lighting will also lead the way from The Green to Correction Wynd. Broad Street will welcome back the three Christmas trees outside Marischal College and also see a welcoming giant Santa and arched lighting on the raised green performance area.
Column mounted lighting will also be a striking feature in George Street, Guild Street, Thistle Street, Rose Street and Chapel Street.
Please note there will be no Christmas parade this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, please keep an eye on our City Events Facebook page for updates on when the lights will be switched on!