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Christmas in the Quad Louise Kendal

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as festive season events have been announced for Aberdeen.

Traditional favourites lined up include Christmas Lights Switch-on Parade, Aberdeen Christmas Village including the popular Curated In The Quad Christmas Market and a family QR code sculpture trail.

And there are new attractions to add even more sparkle to the yuletide heart of Aberdeen, with a ferris wheel at the Christmas Village and festive lighting in Union Terrace Gardens – where the Hollywood-style ABERDEEN letters already have pride of place.

Adrian Watson, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Inspired, the city centre’s business improvement district said: "We are looking forward to bringing festive cheer to the city centre with the welcome return of the Christmas Village and the ever-growing Curated in the Quad market at Marischal College.

“We’re pleased to be working in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Codona's to deliver another exciting Christmas Village and with the wonderful Charlie House charity to make Curated In The Quad a very special festive market. Both of these very special attractions will very much enhance Aberdeen’s wider festive offering."

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Aberdeen Lord Provost, Dr David Cameron said: “The ‘Christmas in Aberdeen’ festivities always promises to be a truly magical time of year, with a fantastic events line-up returning to the city to provide some welcome cheer and celebration.

“There is something for everyone, particularly families with the Christmas Lights Switch-on Parade and new QR code trail. But importantly, it encourages people into the city centre to boost the leisure and business economies. I am looking forward to all the celebrations that ‘Christmas in Aberdeen’ will offer.”


Here are some dates for your diary to help you plan your fun this festive season:

  • Aberdeen Christmas Village – Thursday 16 November – Sunday 31 December 2023
  • Curated in the Quad Christmas Market at Marischal College – Weekends only (Friday to Sunday) from 17 November to 23 December 2023
  • Christmas Lights Switch-on Parade – Sunday 19 November 2023
  • Christmas QR Code Sculpture Trail – Friday 1 December – Sunday 24 December 2023
  • Nativity Scene – Monday 4 December 2023 – Friday 5 January 2024 (Blessing Event: 4 December)
  • Carol Concerts - Saturday 16 December 2023
  • All events are subject to planning and licensing permission.

Full details of the Christmas in Aberdeen events will be announced shortly.