A Christmas tree maze could be coming to Aberdeen this year.
The move was revealed after members of Aberdeen City Council’s finance, policy and resources committee agreed to provide more than £300,000 to the Christmas Village and Hogmanay celebrations.
Councillors decided to give up to £100,000 to deliver extra festival activities this year including the Christmas tree maze.
Contact has been made with Underbelly who currently own the maze concept seen in Edinburgh each year – which attracted 39,000 visitors in 2015.
The firm will visit Aberdeen in the coming days to view the proposed location for the attraction in Union Terrace Gardens.
Discussions are also under way to have a Santa’s grotto built into the existing arches in Union Terrace Gardens and approaches have been made to crafters in the region who could potentially create a festive wooden sculpture trail.
Another idea is creating a food zone in St Nicholas Street involving cookery demonstrations supported by culinary professionals with chalets selling local products from crafters. Councillors also backed providing financial support of £150,000 to Aberdeen Inspired for the event, subject to an agreement entered into between the local authority and the organisation.
An additional £25,000 was agreed to support the delivery of Aberdeen’s annual Hogmanay celebrations.
Councillor Graham Dickson lodged an amendment to delay making a decision on the plans until after the next meeting of the full council on June 29, when a decision will be taken on the future of Broad Street.
He said: “We want certainty that we’re not going to pull this city into gridlock. We don’t have that certainty and we don’t know what’s happening with Broad Street.
“If there’s going to be significant roadworks on Broad Street, it will drive things into gridlock in the city.
“It’s a three-week delay, we’re not saying don’t have a Christmas Village.”
But finance convener Councillor Willie Young said any delay to approving the plans “will not help anyone”.
He added: “Once again we have dither and delay from the SNP.
“We want to make it the best Christmas for the people that come to us.”
The plans were supported by 11 votes to six.