Talks have begun to move next year’s Aberdeen Winter Festival to a different location, the Evening Express can reveal.
Councillors could make a decision on shifting the event to Broad Street, which would include having part of it at the Castlegate as well as the quad at Marischal Square.
A Christmas tree-lined maze will be the star attraction of Aberdeen’s expanded Winter Festival this year, which will be open from Friday, November 25, until Sunday, January 8.
A 12 Days of Christmas Wooden Sculpture Trail and a bigger outdoor ice rink are also to be part of the bumper festive programme.
Union Terrace is to be closed from next Friday until Sunday, January 15, between Union Street and Rosemount Viaduct.
The slip road between Union Terrace and Denburn Viaduct is also being shut from tomorrow until January 15.
But city council finance convener Willie Young said plans to have the event on Broad Street, which is set to be pedestrianised, would put an end to closures elsewhere.
He said: “If Aberdeen wants a Winter Festival this year, the public have to face the fact road closures will have to be made.
“As we move forward to next year, one of the things we are looking at is Broad Street and how we can get a Winter Festival in there.
“It would be madness to renovate Broad Street the way we are doing it, making it a space for things like festivals but not use it.
“The plan is to move the Winter Festival there.
“Having the Winter Festival on Broad Street would also allow us to use the Castlegate as well as the quad which is part of Marischal Square.”