Christmas Lights Switch-on

Join us on Sunday 25 November for the Aberdeen Christmas lights switch-on parade.

The fun starts at 5.05pm with the Reindeer on Segways followed at 5.15 by Charlie House Santa Fun Run.

The main parade starts at 5.30.

The main fire and ice themed parade, featuring vikings from Shetland panto characters, a number of festive floats, festive street entertainers, local charities, sports groups and community organisations all led by the Grampian and District Pipes and Drums. 

This year the parade will feature:

  • SMUHA Up Helly Aa Vikings
  • The Snow Queen Panto Stars (Tivoli Theatre)
  • Snow White Panto Stars (Aberdeen Arts Centre)
  • Peter Pan Panto Stars (Attic Theatre Company)
  • Segway Aberdeen
  • Aberdeen’s Community Stars
  • Granite Scooter Club
  • Grampian District Pipes & Drums
  • AAPA
  • Desri Scots (Bollywood)
  • Scott School of Dancing
  • Hendry Watt Dance School
  • Aberdeen Football Club
  • Woodside Community Centre
  • LaLa Lights
  • Scott School of Dancing
  • Granite City Wanderers Hockey Club
  • Granite City Roller Derby
  • AFC Community Trust
  • Girls Brigade Aberdeen
  • Aberdeen University Students’ Association
  • Aberdeen Girl Guides
  • Mahogany Community Ventures Ltd
  • Fools Paradise
  • Colin Lawson Transport
  • Aberdeen Lynx Juniors Ice Hockey Club
  • NERV Charity
  • Street Friends Aberdeen
  • Voluntary Service Aberdeen
  • Charlie House
  • Inspire
  • Aberdeen Cyrenians
  • Home Start Aberdeen
  • British Heart Foundation



There will be various parking restrictions and road closures in place for the Christmas lights parade and the Trinity Centre Reindeer Parade taking place earlier on Sunday:


Between 6pm on Saturday (24 November) and 7.00pm on Sunday (25 November), there will be a ban on parking on Albyn Place between Albyn Grove and Alford Place, Victoria Street between Albyn Place to its junction with Waverley Place/Thistle Street except for vehicles associated with the Christmas lights event.


On Sunday (25 November) between 11.30am and 1pm and again from 5pm to 7.00pm, the ban on right turns from King Street onto West North Street will be temporarily suspended, as will the ban on right turns from Union Street onto Bridge Street and the right turns from Holburn Street onto Willowbank Road.


Also on Sunday, Victoria Street from its junction with Albyn Place to Waverley Place/Thistle Street from 2.30-6pm. Albyn Place will be closed between its junctions with Alford Grove and Holburn Junction from 4-6pm. From 5-6.30pm the full length of the Union Street, Castle Street and King Street corridor will be closed between Holburn Street and East North Street. King Street, between East North Street and Castle Street, the full length of Castle Street, and Union Street, will be closed from 11.30am to 1pm, as will Market Street between Union Street and Guild Street and St Catherine’s Wynd, from its junction with Netherkirkgate and Union Street. Alternative routes will be available.

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