Aberdeen city centre filled with the sounds of Christmas as schoolchildren attended a service to bless a nativity scene.
Members of Aberdeen Churches Together also joined Lord Provost Barney Crockett and Councillor Jennifer Stewart for the traditional ceremony, which took place at St Nicholas Kirk.
Primary pupils from Ferryhill, Hanover Street, Holy Family, St Margaret’s, St Peter’s, St Joseph’s and Robert Gordon’s College brought out the Christmas spirit by singing carols O Little Town of Bethlehem and Away In A Manger.
And as well as the popular festive songs, there were also prayers and readings followed by the blessing and benediction.
The ceremony was first held 10 years ago at the suggestion of Hazlehead, Queen’s Cross and Countesswells Councillor Stewart, who thanked people for attending yesterday’s event.
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Lord Provost Barney Crockett said: “The blessing of the nativity scene is always a wonderful occasion and an opportunity to take time out from such a busy time of year to focus on the meaning of the Christmas story and the spirit of joy and hope.”
Councillor Stewart said: “It’s grown so much – we had seven schools take part this year.
“The children put so much effort into it and it was a great start to advent.
“It’s just a very positive service that marks the true meaning of Christmas.”
The nativity will be in place until January 4 at the St Nicholas Kirkyard in the city centre.