Aberdeen Christmas Village

In partnership with Aberdeen City Council and delivered by John Codona Pleasure Fairs, Aberdeen Inspired are thrilled to bring the Aberdeen Christmas Village to Aberdeen's brand new civic space. There will be something for ALL the family including a spectacular ice rink and a wonderful festive fairground.

Open Air Ice Rink
Monday - Friday, 12pm - 10pm;  (School holidays, 11am - 10pm);  Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 10pm
Boasting the beautiful backdrop of Marischal College, this family favourite is returning bigger and better! Skate on real ice under twinkling fairy lights while your family and friends keep warm and enjoy the refreshments on offer within the Village.

Relaxed Skating Session
Friday 29 December, 10am - 11am
This will take place at the Aberdeen Christmas Village on Broad Street. Low music and no strobes aims to make this hour as inclusive as possible. For further information call 01224 595910 or email: phionna@metoomagazine.org.

Festive Fairground Rides
Monday - Friday, 12pm - 10pm;  (School holidays, 11am - 10pm);  Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 10pm
With the addition of a traditional carousel and the return of the hugely popular helter-skelter, children will be kept busy! Thrill seekers will welcome the return of ‘The Blizzard’.

Monday - Friday, 12pm - 10pm;  (School holidays, 11am - 10pm);  Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 10pm
Soak up the festive atmosphere and enjoy some traditional drinks and snacks.

Community Events
This year’s Christmas in Aberdeen community events will focus on schools and other creative groups including bands performing a wide-ranging programme of Christmas songs, Nativity plays, and music along with some dance and drama added to the wonderful seasonal mix. The full Community Entertainment Programme can be found at aberdeencity.gov.uk/christmas17 .

Community Market
Friday 17 November, 5pm - 8pm;  Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 November, 10am - 6pm
Young people and new business ventures will gather together in a Community Market situated in Marischal College Quad. Come along and kick start your Christmas gift buying in a relaxed, festive atmosphere whilst supporting growth of local enterprise.

FINE Christmas Food and Drink Market
Thursday 23 November, 6 - 9pm;   Friday 24 & Saturday 25 November, 10am - 6pm;  Sunday 26 November, 12pm - 8.30pm
Let us tell you the story of our region by celebrating local producers at FINE Christmas Food and Drink market this November. During FINE you can choose from a selection of delicious artisan products and treat yourself or your loved ones to something tasty and unique this Christmas. 
Positioned in the scenic quadrangle of Marischal College, this year’s market will feature a diverse collection of exciting and innovative producers showcasing the very best Aberdeen and the North East has to offer; from organic growers to distillers, farm shops and craft bakers, specialist tea and coffee merchants, bespoke luxury confectioners, chutneys, seasonal pickles, sauces and oils....
Something 'FINE' to suit all tastes and get you into the festive spirit this Christmas.

HAAN Christmas Design Market
Thursday 7 December, 6 - 9pm;     Friday 8 - Sunday 10 December, 10am - 6pm;    
Thursday 14 December, 6 - 9pm;   Friday 15 - Sunday 17 December, 10am - 6pm; 
Thursday 21 December, 6 - 9pm;   Friday 22 - Saturday 23 December, 10am - 6pm;
HAAN Christmas Design Market is a new, high quality showcase of creative products from local, national and international designers and makers. A local word for ‘hand’, HAAN celebrates the best crafted and handmade treats from the region.
Come along for a festive journey to discover the wide range of top-quality creative products. Over 50 talented and highly skilled designers and makers will be in the scenic Marischal Quad, offering you their wares this Christmas. Choose from a carefully curated selection of jewellery, ceramics, textiles, illustration, apparel, homeware and lifestyle products.
When you need to take a break from browsing, we’ve made sure you can refresh and refuel in FINE, our pop-up cafe courtesy of some of the best of Aberdeen’s independent coffee shops.
A further programme of events for professional designers and makers will take place at the Anatomy Rooms behind Marischal Quad. If you would like to hear inspirational industry professionals talk about their work, or are interested in mentorship and advice on how to grow and develop your creative business then join us in the ‘HAAN Makers Lounge’ for a series of evening lectures and sign up for one to one professional development sessions. For details email: info@wearesmart.co.uk

DIY Crafts  - This year you will also have the chance to try your hand making some super cool Christmas decorations, a funky set of Christmas cards, and an alternative upcycled Christmas gift! Inspiring local designers will guide you through the process at family friendly workshops for the Creatively Christmassy.


Download brochure here.

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