Christmas and New Year in Aberdeen

As the clocks roll back, Christmas songs begin to flood the radio and letters to Santa Claus inundate our postal service, suddenly you know the festive season has arrived.

Don’t panic though, you can make your way to Aberdeen where you can revel in a Christmas shoppers’ paradise.

Aberdeen is a cosmopolitan city containing all of the ingredients for a perfect weekend break. With five shopping centres, the city is a shopping haven for high-street outlets and designer shops, as well as a number of quirky boutiques and independent shops, making it the ideal location to pick up Christmas gifts for loved ones.  Aberdeen is also the home of a number of quality restaurants and bars where guests can relax and indulge in the delights of the renowned North East larder, from venison to shellfish, as well as our world famous whisky! The best bit is that it’s all in a compact, walkable city centre, so you can blitz all of your shopping in one weekend, and have a great time doing it.

Having its own international airport, railway and bus stations as well as ferry terminal, there are excellent travel links which means you can shop freely, with the peace of mind that the only thing weighing you down will be presents. And with some of the lowest weekend hotel prices in Scotland, it’s a really great excuse to make a weekend of it. 

So instead of perishing the thought of Christmas shoping, bring back the festive cheer by making a weekend of it. Invite your friends or family members to join you in a festive filled trip to the “Granite City”. 

It doesn’t all stop at Christmas! Aberdeen has some fantastic plans to keep you warm in 2015 too. So make sure to come back for Hogmanay, and why not treat yourself in the January sales – Santa’s little helper does deserve a pat on the back after all!

Don't miss out on our list of Christmas festive photo competition and events this winter.  There are also a number of activites and attractions operating during the winiter months so there is still plenty to do with the changing season.

See VisitScotland's A-Z on Winter here!