Aberdeen is set to twinkle this festive season with a new location for its annual Christmas celebrations.
The city will begin its Christmas in Aberdeen celebrations with a new events and activities programme organised by Aberdeen City Council in partnership with Aberdeen Inspired.
Festivities are set to officially begin this Friday, with the opening of the Aberdeen Christmas Village, delivered by Codona’s Amusement Park, at Aberdeen’s new civic space on Broad Street.Fan favourites such as the popular open air ice rink will feature once again, with fairground rides including a traditional carousel, helter-skelter and the return of The Blizzard.
This year, visitors are encouraged to venture inside Marischal College Quad where they will find the area transformed into a winter wonderland market with vendors from Young Enterprise, The Princes Trust and Women in Business showcasing their creative produce.
The following weekend the Quad will once again be transformed, this time into FINE Festive Food and Drink Market and then once again, for HAAN Christmas Design Market, which will run over three weekends in December.
Housed within a marquee, the largest free standing structure to be built within the historic quad, and curated by SMART Art Agency, FINE and HAAN will celebrate local producers, designers and makers from the North-east showcasing top-quality products, but with the unique element where visitors will not experience the same market twice with a turnover of vendors that will see over 80 food, drink and creative produce featured.
In addition to the stall holders, visitors will have the opportunity to try their hand at making their own Christmas decorations, cards and even upcycle ceramics.
Aberdeen City Council culture spokesperson Marie Boulton said: “Christmas in Aberdeen is shaping up to be a truly magical time of year, with an outstanding events line-up that is bigger and better than ever.
“Through our City Centre Masterplan Aberdeen City Council is committed to making Aberdeen an even more vibrant place to live, work and visit – and Christmas in Aberdeen creates over a month of activity that has something for everyone, but importantly encourages people into the city centre boosting the leisure economy.
“The addition of FINE and HAAN markets shows a clear change in direction for Christmas, we are excited to be bringing local producers and eclectic and artisan offerings to the unique setting of the Marischal College Quad.
“Our vision for the city is to create a programme that provides an opportunity to promote and enhance the long-term economic prosperity of Aberdeen and the wider region by attracting visitors, both local and from further afield.”
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said : “As event organiser we look forward to welcoming visitors to the Aberdeen Christmas Village and are thrilled to mark the official launch. It was a tremendous success last year and we are pleased to bring back an even larger event which creates a wonderfully festive heart in the city centre.”