Aberdeen’s Christmas tree is now ready to have its lights turned on after being installed in the city centre.
The switch-on ceremony for the tree, which is an annual gift from twin city Stavanger in Norway, is due to take place on Thursday.
The 35ft Norway spruce arrived in the city’s harbour last weekend and was erected yesterday by Aberdeen City Council tree staff to take pride of place at the Castlegate.The switch-on spectacle will be carried out by the Lord Provost of Aberdeen and the Deputy Mayor of Stavanger, as 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the twinning between the two cities.
Safety barriers around the tree are to be lowered at about 7pm so people can get up close for photographs, and will then be re-erected after 8pm.
Before the switch-on, there will be a short carol service led by Aberdeen Churches Together and the Salvation Army band.
After the ceremony, marzipan pigs – which are a traditional Norwegian sweet treat for children at this time of year – will be handed out to youngsters in the crowd.
The bonanza comes as part of the city’s Winter Festival, with this year’s event being the biggest Aberdeen has ever had.
The event also sees the Christmas trees lit up at Marischal College, which were introduced last year for the first time.
The city’s leopard will also be switched on in front of Marischal College, instead of its usual spot at the pocket park in front of His Majesty’s Theatre where an ice rink is set up for the Christmas Village.