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“Aberdeen, your Christmas starts here!” – annual Christmas Market opens to kick off the festive season

17/11/2023
Lord Provost David Cameron and Panto Members celebrating the opening of the Christmas Village, photo by Alona Valuieva-Hlebnikova

ABERDEEN’S Christmas Village, recently recognised as the 5th best Christmas market in the UK, kicked off its festive celebrations on Thursday, November 16th, with a ceremonial inauguration by Lord Provost David Cameron on Broad Street.

This year’s Christmas extravaganza is a collaborative effort between Codona’s, the city council, and Aberdeen Inspired. The organisers have meticulously curated a delightful array of rides and attractions, with the much-anticipated return of the beloved ice rink and the introduction of a new Ferris Wheel, adding a fresh spin to the Christmas Village experience.

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New Ferris Wheel for Aberdeen Christmas Village, photo by Alona Valuieva-Hlebnikova

A focal point of this year’s festivities is the all-new ‘Village Square,’ exuding European charm and serving as a central hub for merrymaking. Open from noon until late on weekdays, with extended hours during school holidays, the Square provides a covered outdoor haven for families and friends to immerse themselves in the holiday spirit.

The culinary delights at Aberdeen Christmas Village are not to be missed, featuring a diverse array of street food. From German Bratwursts at the Swing Grill to treats from local legends like Big Manny’s Pizza, Hot Chip, and Cookie Cult, as well as sweet seasonal favourites from the Sweet Haus, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Mulled wine, festive cocktails by Ten Dollar Shake, local craft beer from Fierce, and the indulgent return of Bailey’s hot chocolate complete the gastronomic offerings.

Some of the drinks offered at the Bar, featuring their Mulled Wine, photo by Niamh McCabe

For a more artisanal experience, the Christmas Market, Curated in the Quad, returns to the Marischal College Quadrangle. Open from 11 am to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday, this open-air market promises a delightful experience in the enchanting lead-up to Christmas. Curated by Charlie House, each weekend brings a fresh lineup of locally crafted treasures, arts, and gifts, complemented by a tempting array of gourmet food and drinks. On Sunday, November 19th, the market extends its hours until 8 pm, ensuring an extra dose of festive joy.

Rides at the Aberdeen Christmas Village, photo by Alona Valuieva-Hlebnikova

Aberdeen Christmas Village proudly supports the charitable endeavours of Charlie House, making a positive impact on the community. Lord Provost David Cameron expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “The Christmas festivities are always a much-loved and popular addition to Aberdeen’s events programme. The events taking place this year are a brilliant way for friends and family to come together and get into the festive spirit.”

Menu for Stall, photo by Niamh McCabe

Alfred Codona, Director at John Codona’s Pleasure Fairs, echoed the excitement, emphasising the village’s role in supporting local businesses and the incredible Charlie House charity. Adrian Watson, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Inspired, added, “The hustle and bustle around Broad Street will bring thousands of people into the heart of Aberdeen. Not only will these visitors enjoy the village and the market, but they will also go on to enjoy the many shops, restaurants, bars, and attractions in the city centre. Aberdeen, your Christmas starts here!”

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