Events Aberdeen

Winter Festival

The fun and excitement doesn't stop at the end of the Summer Festival. October to January sees Aberdeen's spectacular Winter Festival continuing to deliver high quality and popular events over the festive period in conjunction with our partner organisations and agencies.

We're working on the 2014 brochure right now, but in the meantime take a look at last year's Winter Festival brochure for a taste of what's to come!


Community Festive Fund

Aberdeen City Council's Community Festive Fund is now available. The Community Festive Fund can provide a small financial grant to individual community groups and organisations who are arranging a Christmas and Hogmanay celebration for their local community.


Winter Festival 2014

Many of our events provide fun for all the family including:

November 2014

Aberdeen's Fireworks Spectacular

Date: 5 November 2014
Venue: Aberdeen Beach

The Winter Festival starts off its seasonal calendar on the 5th November with Aberdeen's spectacular Fireworks display at Aberdeen Beach.

The Christmas Lights Switch On Parade

Date: 23 November 2014
Venue: Union Street

This Parade transforms Aberdeen's city centre, Union Street, into a magical winter wonderland, enchanted with glittering lights and decorations. It is a musical experience, with a range of performances from groups and pipe bands, festive characters and floats, all led down by the Lord Provost, as one by one the lights are turned on.

Christmas Tree Switch On

Date: 27 November 2014
Venue: Union Street

The festivities continue with the Christmas Tree Switch On which has been kindly donated by our Twin Town of Stavanger in Norway. A 30 minute carol service will be held prior to the switch on, where each year the Lord Provost and a special guest light up a beautiful spruce.

Winter Festival

December 2014

Nativity Scene

Date: 1 December 2014 - 4 January 2015
Venue: St Nicholas Kirkyard 

Aberdeen's Nativity Scene is an important reminder of what festive activities and fun are all about. It is a lovely scene for conveying the wonderful message of Christmas. The scene will be officially blessed at its opening on Monday 1 Dec at 11.00am.

Winter Wonderland

Date: 6 - 15 December 2014
Venue: Union Terrace Gardens

Last year our free Santa's Grotto was thoroughly enjoyed by lots of youngsters who visited with their family and took home their own Christmas crafts which they'd made with the elves in the workshop. In 2014 we are expanding to bring even more Christmas activities which will appeal to all ages. We'll add opening times and more details here as soon as they are announced.

The Christmas Carol Concert

Date: 20 December 2014
Venue: David Welch Winter Gardens, Duthie Park

Come along and sing to favourite carols at the indoor garden, taking in the rare and exotic plants while listening to the accompaniment of music performed by a talented brass band. 

Hogmanay Celebrations

Date: 31 December 2014
Venue: HMT & Union Terrace 

Come along and enjoy live music from local bands on stage and an impressive fireworks display fired from the rooftop of HMT to see in 2015.

leopard sculpture lit up at night