The 2022 Festive Events Calendar

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! An array of festive, family-fun events are coming to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire over the Christmas period including pantomimes, markets, and more. Here’s just a selection of the wonderful line-up that the whole family can enjoy.

Christmas events in Aberdeen

Aberdeen Christmas Village (Thursday 17 November – Saturday 31 December)

Delivered by Codona's and Aberdeen Inspired, the 2022 Aberdeen Christmas Village is not to be missed! Expect festive fairground rides, an open-air ice rink, and so much more.

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Curated in the Quad Market (Friday 18 November – Sunday 18 December)

Organised by local charity Charlie House, the popular Curated in the Quad Market has returned, with the festive wooden cabins welcoming a range of unique businesses offering delicious treats, crafts, and more.

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Hunt for the Lost Toys Christmas Trail (Thursday 1 – Saturday 24 December)

Depicting The Twelve Days of Christmas, these twelve sculptures were created by local chainsaw carver Garry Shand and can be found across the city centre from 1 December! Can you find them all to earn your festive reward? More details will be released here.

Peter Pan (Saturday 3 December – Sunday 8 January)

Expect amazing special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and barrel-loads of laughter in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan! Your whole family can join in the fun at His Majesty's Theatre, with over 50 performances taking place over the festive period.

Elf: A Christmas Spectacular (Friday 9 December)

The hit Broadway musical based on the beloved Christmas flick starring Will Ferrell is coming to Aberdeen's P&J Live! Supersized into a Christmas spectacular, this show tells the heart-warming story of how Buddy, raised by Santa’s elves at the North Pole, travels to New York to find his father, falls in love and brings Christmas joy to everyone. Please note that there are limited tickets available.

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Christmas events in Aberdeenshire

Ardo Christmas Trees Pop Up Shop (Saturday 26 November - Friday 23 December)

It's never too early to put up your Christmas tree! Visit the Ardo Christmas Trees Pop Up Shop to get your own real tree in time for Christmas Day, whilst also visiting the crafters exhibiting at the farm.

Ballater Winter Festival (Saturday 26 November)

Whether you need to get your shopping done at the Christmas Market, of if you're just looking for a fun day out with the kids, the Ballater Winter Festival is the place to be. There's a beautiful vintage carousel, Santa's Grotto, and so much more for the family to enjoy. 

Peterhead Christmas Market (Saturday 3 December)

There are Christmas markets to be found throughout Aberdeenshire. Peterhead's Christmas Market boasts a range of producers offering a great range of food and drink products, as well hand-made crafts.

Glen Tanar Christmas Fair (Sunday 4 December)

The Glen Tanar Christmas Fair is back for 2022 with a fantastic range of local producers as well as an array of delicious food and drink suppliers. Alongside market stalls, The Seed Box LTD will be selling Christmas trees and there will be a number of fun activities for the whole family including a 'Christmas Themed Scavenger Hunt' and an 'Antler Hoopla'.

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Christmas at the Castle (Thursday 8 – Saturday 24 December)

Christmas at Crathes Castle is back this December! There's a festive food market, a fire pit where you can toast marshmallows, Santa's Grotto, plus a gift market. Click here to find out more.

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That’s not all!

To discover more events and activities like these, please head to our What’s On page. Don’t forget to share your festive adventures on social media and to add ‘#visitABDN’ to your posts for a chance to be reposted by us!

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