Christmas has officially started early in Aberdeen, as the Christmas Market has opened its doors.
The market, organised by Aberdeen Inspired, Aberdeen City Council and Codona’s, attracted 400,000 people over the festive period last year.
This year, as well as on Broad Street, it has been extended down Upperkirkgate, and also includes the quad area in Marischal College.
There is a number of different rides for thrill seekers, and more timid rides such as a helter skelter and candy cane trampolines.
As with previous years there is an ice rink and stalls that sell a range of different food and drinks.
The opening ceremony began with ice skaters dressed in festive outfits, followed by a pipe band.
Adrian Watson of Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council’s culture spokeswoman Marie Boulton cut a ribbon to signal the official opening of the Christmas Village.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “The Aberdeen Christmas Village will be at the heart of festive celebrations in the city this year, and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors along to enjoy everything that is on offer.
“This year we are proud to introduce Christmas in the Quad, which will showcase a wide variety of artisan crafts, art and food and drink from local producers.
“We were delighted with the enthusiastic uptake from the community to this, and hope the public take the opportunity and come along to support local.
“As well as the popular ice rink and funfair rides, we are looking forward to seeing our community stage come to life.”