Aberdeen will sparkle once more this festive season as Christmas celebrations return to the Granite City.
The national winter lockdown and strict social distancing measures meant that Aberdeen’s annual festive celebrations were called off last year.
But Aberdeen City Council has now announced plans for the traditional favourites to return to the city for residents and visitors to enjoy.
The festive season will officially begin on November 18 with the Christmas tree switch on. Hundreds normally flock to the city centre to watch the annual switching-on ceremony.
The events line-up also includes the 12 days of Christmas sculpture trail that will run from December 1 until Christmas Eve and the carol concert on December 18.
A nativity scene will also be on display in the city from November 29 until January 5 and spectacular festive lights will make the Granite City sparkle again.
The light installations will be appearing in new locations, to illuminate city centre spaces such as The Green and Correction Wynd.
Locals will also be able to enjoy Hogmanay this year as Aberdeen’s iconic New Year celebrations are planned to return.
Line-up to bring ‘much-needed cheer and celebration’
Plans have been submitted to the council seeking permission for the Christmas Village to return to Broad Street from November 18.
Visitors would be treated to an outdoor ice rink and funfair rides, as well as festive food and drink stalls.
If approved, the quadrangle at Marischal College will once again host the Christmas in the Quad market featuring stalls from local retailers.
Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing believes the Christmas in Aberdeen festivities will be a “truly magical time of year” and that the events line-up will “provide some much-needed cheer and celebration” to the city.
She said: “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 has something for everyone, but importantly encourages people back into the city centre to boost the leisure and business economies.
“Our officers and partners are working hard to ensure that both residents and visitors to the city can enjoy our spectacular offering in a safe environment and we look forward to all the celebrations that Christmas in Aberdeen will offer.”