Events in Aberdeen

Events for 2018

We have an amazing line-up of events for Aberdeen City this autumn/winter. Keep an eye on this page as more events are added or you can also download our Christmas in Aberdeen brochure.


Christmas Tree Switch-On

Castlegate, 22 November, 7pm, FREE

Our twin town Stavanger, Norway has once again kindly donated a magnificent Christmas tree to Aberdeen.  A short carol service with civic guests from Aberdeen and Norway will take place prior to the tree switch-on.

Christmas Village

22 November - 31 December, Broad Street/Upperkirkgate, Aberdeen City Centre

Aberdeen Inspired, Aberdeen City Council and delivered by Codona's Amusement Park. Featuring ice skating, fairground rides, markets, refreshment and Santa's grotto.

Christmas Village Markets

22 November - 31 December, Broad Street and Marischal College Quad, Aberdeen City Centre

Crafts, food, drink and all your Christmas gift needs.

FINE Christmas Food & Drink Market

St Nicholas Mall, Bon Accord, 22-25 November, Thursday 5pm-8pm / Friday 10am-5pm / Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

A diverse selection of innovative and exciting food and drink products from across the North East.

St Andrew's Day Parade

Saturday 24 November, Union Street, Aberdeen City Centre, FREE

Charlie House Santa Fun Run

Sunday 25 November, Union Street, Aberdeen City Centre, 5.15pm

Be part of the Christmas Lights Switch-on parade by running down Union Street dressed as Santa -  raise money for Charlie House at the same time! 

Christmas Lights Switch-on Parade

Sunday 25 November, Union Street, Aberdeen City Centre, 5.30pm, FREE

Aberdeen's Christmas lights will be switched on in a 'Fire and Ice' themed parade led the Lord Provost of Aberdeen.  This year's parade includes:  santas; reindeer on segways; carnival characters and special guests Vikings from Shetland.

Etsy Made Local  - Aberdeen

St Nicholas Mall, Bon Accord, 29 November-2 December, Thursday 5pm-8pm / Friday 10am-5.30pm / Sat & Sun 10am-5.30pm

The third annual Etsy Made Local Market promises to be a fun alternative to the traditional Christmas shopping experience. By direct from local Etsy designers, makers and vintage collectors.

12 Days of Christmas Sculpture Trail

1 - 24 December,  Various locations, Aberdeen City Centre, FREE

Twelve striking totem pole sculptures will be located across the city centre. Created by local chainsaw wood carver Gary Shand, the carvings depict the popular carol -The Twelve Days of Christmas.  

Nativity Scene

3 December (unveiling), St Nicholas Kirkyard, Aberdeen City Centre, 11am till 11.30am, FREE

then open daily until 4 January, dawn till dusk, FREE

An important reminder of what this time of year is all about.  The service is open to the public. Refreshments are available after the event.

Carol Concert

Saturday 15 December, Duthie Park Winter Gardens, 11am and 2pm, FREE

Come along to Duthie Park Winter Gardens and join in the festive celebrations.  Sing your favourite carols to the accompaniment of the Bon Accord Silver Band.  Food bank donations are being accepted in aid of CFIN during the event.

Hogmanay Celebrations

Monday 31 December, Schoolhill, Aberdeen City Centre, FREE

Bring in the bells at our open air stage on Schoolhill for the best street party in town!   With live music from Celtic rock band Gleadhraich and Thank You for the Music (ABBA tribute) followed by a spectacular firework display from the roof of His Majesty's Theatre. 

Community Christmas Events

Throughout the festive season communities across the city host or take part in a number of events. Find out more on our community events page.



About the City Events Team

The City Events team are responsible for the planning, co-ordination and delivery of the Council's annual festivals and events programme in the City of Aberdeen. We also offer support and advice to a wide variety of other events organised in the city.

We can provide help and advice on all aspects of event management and can offer support for your event by attending any planning and/or site meetings (this may incur a charge). See Planning an Event for more information about how we can help with your event.

Contact details

We are available during normal office hours.

City Events Team
Aberdeen City Council
First Floor
Town House
Broad Street
AB10 1AQ
01224 522998

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