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Events in Aberdeen

Listing of things to do and special events in and around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Scotland:

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What's On In Aberdeen


Until 8 January 2016 Christmas Village Market at Union Terrace.

Christmas Village Market Aberdeen Union Terrace

Christmas Tree Maze.

Christmas Tree Maze Aberdeen

26 - Scottish Music Awards

The Drummer Boy

The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.

Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.

Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.

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Spa and Afternoon Tea

27 - Union Street Christmas Lights are switched on.

- St Andrew's Day.

Tickets now available for the Inverurie Panto.
Puss In Boots

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3 - Free admission to the Christmas Craft Fayre at Mintlaw Primary School from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Lots of unique gifts for sale.

Christmas fayre

3 and 4 - One of our most favourite what's on and where to go events in Aberdeen is the Reindeer Parade at Crathes Castle.

Dick McWhittington will be performed at HMT from 3 December to 8 January 2017. Elaine C Smith stars alongside Alan McHugh and Jordan Young. Buy tickets for this Aberdeen Panto 2016 at

Dick McWhittingdon
Photo Courtesy of Michal Wachucik of Abermedia.co.uk

Newtonhill Panto by Centre Stage presents the Aladdin panto from 7th to 10th December 2016 at the Bettridge Centre.

Newtonhill Pantomime Bettridge Centre Panto

Tickets for adults are £10 whilst children and concessions pay £6 and can be bought by calling 07486 439698 or visit Newtonhill Panto Facebook page for more information.

8-24 Tivoli Theatre 2016 Pantomime is by Attic Theatre who will perform Aladdin with performances at 7pm and a matinee on Saturday and Sunday.

Tivoli Theatre Aberdeen Pantomime

More Aberdeen Pantomimes

Free Entry Event: Sunday 11 - Christmas Vintage Fayres from The Closet - Old Togs New Tricks with BrewDog Castlegate & the UnderDog team from Noon until 5pm.
Closet Old Togs New Tricks

This family friendly event will include the best in local, home-grown vintage traders selling vintage fashion, accessories, furniture, jewellery, and all things collectible and quirky - perfect for gift shopping.
More Information.

- outdoor ice rink at Union Terrace Gardens.

- Christmas Carol Concert at the David Welch Winter Gardens of the Duthie Park from 4 - 6pm.

- Evening Express Carol Concert at The Music Hall, to book tickets see the Box Office page.

- Santa Run at the beach and Pittodrie Stadium.

For details of what is happening throughout the festive season including the Christmas lights switch on visit the Christmas page and the Christmas Events section.

21 - The Shortest Day.

- Tattoo Convention.

24 - Leave a wee dram for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph!

There is lots to do and see over the Christmas period throughout the City and the Shire - click here for a full listing in addition to those here.

and do take the children on the Mall Centre Road Train.

25 - A very Merry Christmas!

25 - Temperance Walk at Inverallochy

26 December - Take part in the Boxing Day Swim and raise funds for your favourite charity.

Inflatable Snow Globe

31st Hogmanay - The Music Hall party. For this and more New Year's Eve details such as the Hogmanay fireworks display visit our Hogmanay Events page.

January 2017

1 - Temperance Walk at Cairnbulg

2 - Temperance Walk at St Combs

12th nicht

11 - Burning of the Clavie at Burghead.

25 - Burns Night celebrations includes Burns suppers and ceilidhs.

February 2017

Watch the salmon jumping at Falls of Feugh between September and November and between February to March.

14 - St Valentine's Day.


8 - Happy 81st Birthday Oor Wullie

- Torcher Parade, Union Street one of the most popular events in Aberdeen.

- Mothering Sunday

- Jazz Festival

- Gang Show.


1 - Buy Tartan Paint.

1 April - Please spare a thought for those who lost their lives on Flight 85N. Read about this tragedy and see photos of the granite memorial on the Johnston Gardens page.

- Pet Hedgehog Show

- Beach Watch Clean Up.


- Granite City Rally.

- Free Entry to Historic Scotland properties.

- Balmoral Road Race, Royal Deeside.

- King of Mountains Sportive.

- May Festival.

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- Granite Festival.

- Wordfringe.

- Baker Hughes 10k Race and fun run.


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- Taste of Grampian.

- Happy Father's Day.

- Aberdeen Race For Life

- Castle Fraser Steam and Vintage Fair.

- Highland Games.

- Ythan Challenge

Stonehaven Feein Market at Market Square and Town Hall. Fun, frolics and banter for all the family and generations with a packed programme of live music and acts in the square together with stalls, games, kids rides, great food, fare and good company. More info at www.feeinmarket.org.uk

St. Ternan's Fair in the Bellfield Park - ferret racing, SSPCA Companion Dog Show, Banchory Birl tent with traditional musicians and local stalls. Ends with Praise in the Park at 3.30pm

Dance Classes.

TBA- Flying Pigs perform live at HMT Aberdeen

TBA - Emmerdale Extravaganza.

Grampian Country Fair

TBA - Oldmeldrum Sports Highland Games.

21 - The Longest Day.

- Armed Forces Day with a march down Union Street for members of the Forces, Veterans and Cadets.

Kevin's Day

TBA - Kevin's Day at Mackie Academy, Stonehaven from 10am till 4pm. This is a fun family occasion with various attractions and entertainment such as It's a Knockout, bouncy castle, teddy toddle, ceilidh, fun fair, car boot sale, craft stalls, face painting, climbing wall and 1k, 3k and 10k runs.

Kevins Day

It is held in memory of Kevin Humphreys and raises money for charities such as The Anthony Nolan Trust in Scotland and Clic Sergent.

There will be a number of races which includes a 10k and 3k. To register for these go to www.born2run.co.uk

There is also a 1k race and for more information about how to take part please contact carolhumphreys1962@yahoo.co.uk

The organisers are also looking for teams of 10 to take part in the It's a Knockout. To register a team please contact carol humphreys1962@yahoo.co.uk

Carol Humphreys can also be contacted by those who wish to book a stall. This includes traders as well as stall holders or traders.

- Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy


6 - Please spare a thought and prayer for those who died on The Piper Alpha this day in 1988.

Extreme Stunt Show.

Peterhead Circus

Stonehaven Folk Festival.


27 - Great Run

- Classic Cars and Jazz on the Lawn.

Banchory Show

- Free Duthie Park Ballet and Opera Concert.

- Wizard Festival

- Peterhead Scottish Week.

- Circus.

The Lady Boys of Bangkok.

- A new event in Aberdeen is the Northern Lights Music and tickets for this will be on sale soon. For more information visit Seaton Park Concert Northern Lights Music Festival.

- Tarland Show.

- International Youth Festival.

- Grampian Military Vehicle Tattoo.

- Arbroath Sea Fest.

- Aboyne Highland Games.

Banchory Beer Festival

Fyvie Live concert tickets now available.

- Tartan Day.

- NEX Factor singing competition and concert. For more details of this please visit the Concerts and Music section.

- ChildLine Scotland Midsummer Ball at the Marriott Hotel in Dyce.

Lonach Gathering and Games, Strathdon.

- St Ternan Medieval Fair, Banchory.

- Turriff and District Pipe Band Competition.

- Feugh Fest

- Blooms

- Braemar Highland Games and Highland Gathering at Braemar.

- The Garioch Theatre Festival.

- Aboyne and Deeside Festival.

- Deveron Music Festival at Duff House, Banff.

- Country Fair.

Nordic Walking.

- Pride In Aberdeen.


- Banchory Beast Race

- Bon Accord Bike Ride.

- Crathes Vintage Car and Motorcycle Rally at Crathes Castle.

- Grampian Truck Show at Grampian Transport Museum, Alford.

- Motorvation at The Grampian Transport Museum, Alford.

- Aberdeen Walkathon.

Inverurie Beer Festival

- One of our most favourite what's on and where to go events in Aberdeen is the Doors Open Day - Free admission to over 32 attractions and venues throughout the Shire.

- Oktoberfest

- Cyrenians Annual Charity Sleepout.

- Jailbreak Challenge Children 1st.

- North East Open Studios Neos throughout the region.

Food and Fiddle Festival


- Illuminator Half Marathon

- Braemar Creative Arts Festival.


- Peterhead Fish Fest

31 - Halloween Events.

Huntly Hairst Halloween Food Festival.


5 - Bonfire and Fireworks Night.

- Remembrance Sunday.

- Enchanted Castle Crathes

- Independent Record Label Market

- One of our most favourite what's on and where to go events in Aberdeen is the Castlegate Christmas tree switch on.

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