The Christmas countdown has begun with the city set to sparkle

Aberdeen Christmas Village

ABERDEEN will sparkle this festive season as Christmas celebrations return to the city again later this year.

Residents and visitors alike will be pleased to see traditional favourites in the festive events line-up including the Christmas Lights Switch-on Parade, Aberdeen Christmas Village including Christmas Market and a new family QR code trail. Also new for this year will be a ferris wheel at the Christmas Village and festive lighting in Union Terrace Gardens.

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The events line-up includes: 

  • 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

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.” 

Adrian Watson, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Inspired, 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.”

All events are subject to planning and licensing permission. Full details of the Christmas in Aberdeen events will be announced shortly at

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