What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire (9th – 15th December 2017)


What’s on in Aberdeen City & Shire for Kids and Families

Looking for something to do over the next week with the kids in Aberdeen City & Shire, then why not check out one of these family friendly events?

** Mummy Mimi provides this page for information only and cannot guarantee accuracy. Events are subject to change and/or cancellation. If any doubt, please contact the event organisers for confirmation**

Aberdeen Christmas Village 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Council – City Events

Where: Aberdeen City Centre 

Date:  Friday 17th November to Sunday 31st December 2017

Description: In partnership with Aberdeen City Council and delivered by John Codona’s Pleasure Fairs, Aberdeen Inspired are thrilled to bring the Aberdeen Christmas Village to Aberdeen’s brand new civic space. There will be something for ALL the family including a spectacular ice rink and a wonderful festive fairground! Official opening time is yet to be confirmed,


Monday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm

(school holidays 11am – 10pm)

Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

A relaxed skating session will be held on Friday 29 December at 10am – 11am. Low music and no strobes aim to make this hour as inclusive as possibe.


Monday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm

(school holidays 11am – 10pm)

Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm


Monday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm

(school holidays 11am – 10pm)

Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/152216245521618

Fairy Wood open at weekends (weather permitting)

Organiser: VSA Easter Anguston Farm

Where: Easter Anguston Farm, Peterculter, Aberdeen

Date:  Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December 2017
Time:  10:30 – 15:30

Description: Fairy wood open 10.30 am – 3.30pm weather permitting

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/130019481050155

Santa at the farm – Bring your letters or just come and meet him

Organiser: VSA Easter Anguston Farm

Where: Easter Anguston Farm, Peterculter, Aberdeen 

Date:  Sunday 3rd – 17th December 2017
Time:  11:00 – 14:00

Description: Children bring your letters for Santa and he will have his post bag ready to take them to the North pole or just come and meet him and tell him what you hope the elves are making

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/171189370134489

HAAN Design Market // Weekend One

Organiser: HAAN Design Market

Where: Marischal College, 17 Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB10 1YS

Date:  Thursday 7th – 10th December 2017 18:00
Time:  Various

Description: Positioned in the scenic Marischal Quad, this year’s market will feature a diverse collection of artistic enterprises showcasing the work of local, national and international designers and makers. Choose from a selection of jewellery, ceramics, textiles, illustration, apparel, homeware and lifestyle products and treat yourself or your loved ones to something unique this Christmas.

• Thursday 7 December
• 6pm – 9pm
• Fri 8 / Sat 9 / Sun 10 December
• 10am – 6pm

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1944127575827042

Don’t forget you can plan further ahead with our events calendar, full of events in the run up till Christmas & updated regularly!

Mistletoe and Mulled Wine

Organiser: Castle Fraser Garden & Estate

Where: Castle Fraser Garden & Estate, Sauchen, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 7LD

Date:  Friday 8th December 2017
Time:  18:30 – 21:00

Description: The Great Hall will be coming alive with a festive treat of carol singing, clarsach playing, readings, solo performances and much more for Castle Fraser’s Mistletoe and Mulled Wine Christmas Concert. Tonight there will be beautiful Christmas performances and festive cheer.

Following the performance join the performers and staff of Castle Fraser for delicious canapés and some warming mulled fruit punch.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/146503165764008

Christmas Fayre

Organiser: Geek Bothy

Where: Uryside School, Peregrine Drive, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

Date:  Friday 8th December 2017
Time:  18:30 – 20:30

Description: Continuing the tradition we started at Market Place, this is our first Christmas Fayre at Uryside School.  There will be all the favourite stalls and activities happening including kids crafts, facepainting, homebakes, shopping and game stalls and of course our Santa’s Grotto with the big man himself!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1142454512565885

December Market – Second Weekend 

Organiser: Belmont St Market Aberdeen

Where: Belmont St Market Aberdeen, Belmont Street, Aberdeen AB10 1JH 

Date:  Saturday 9th December 2017
Time:  09:00 – 15:00

Description: Belmont St Market

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1517731501626413

Santa’s grotto at Kirkton Forest 

Organiser: Rotary Club of Aberdeen Balgownie

Where: Tyrebagger Forest, Aberdeen

Date:  Saturday 9th December 2017
Time:  09:00 – 15:00

Description: Santa meets the children at the site of the Forestry Commission’s Christmas Tree sales, Kirkton Forest on the slopes of Tyrebagger Hill. The Rotary Club of Balgownie provide the shelter and assist with car parking

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1931317120419086

Frozen Fraserburgh

Organiser: Fraserburgh Super Saturdays

Where: Fraserburgh Super Saturdays, The Hub 56 High Street, Fraserburgh, Aberdeen AB43 9HP

Date:  Saturday 9th December 2017
Time:  10:00 – 16:00

Description: A magical festive weekend event featuring a FREE ice rink, Santsa grotto, stalls, live music, hot and cold food and fantastic special offers in the local shops and businesses.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1854163484896131

Thistle Street Christmas Food Market

Organiser: The West End – Aberdeen

Where: Thistle Street, Aberdeen AB10 1

Date:  Saturday 9th December 2017
Time:  10:00 – 15:00

Description: From chutneys, jams and Christmas cupcakes to fresh game, Christmas cheeses, hot teas, and a few Christmas tipples for good measure, make sure you come along to the Thistle Street Food Market this December to choose from a wide selection of artisan treats!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/168820740376962

Carnie Forest Adventure! 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service

Where: Carnie Woods, Westhill

Date:  Saturday 9th December 2017
Time:  10:00 – 13:00

Description: This fun family event will include shelter building with natural materials, and searching the woods for tracks and signs of woodland animals.

Meet at the car park off the B797 Westhill to Peterculter Road. Stagecoach bus X17 goes to Carnie Crescent quite near by. Please call 01224 326 429 for further directions if necessary.

Booking essential as places are limited – please call 01224 326 429 or email countrysideranger@aberdeencity.gov.uk to book your FREE place!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/131064357532225

Looking for Christmas Gift Ideas? Then why not check out our Christmas section – more posts coming over the next week!

Santa Specials 

Organiser: Milton of Crathes Station

Where: Milton of Crathes Station, The Royal Deeside Railway, Milton of Crathes, Banchory, Aberdeen AB31 5QH

Date:  Saturday 9th & 10th December 2017
Time:  10:30 – 15:30

Description: Santa will be at the Milton of Crathes again this year with a sack full of presents for the children, and hot mince pies and drinks for the adults.

He will again be handing out presents to the children in the coaches during the steam train ride from the Milton Station.

Christmas singing on all services, which this year will be steam hauled.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/130503627583647



Christmas Wreath Making Workshops

Organiser: HAAN Design Market

Where: Marischal College, 17 Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB10 1YS 

Date:  Saturday 9th December 2017
Time:  10:30 – 16:30

Description: Learn how to make your very own Christmas wreath at our workshop with Isla Duncan Florist. Using fresh, seasonal materials you will create something completely unique that you can take home and enjoy this Christmas season.

Suitable for ages 12+

Workshop Fee – £20 per person includes materials, tuition and full size wreath to take home

Session One | 10.30 – 12.00 | 6 places available

Session Two | 13.00 – 14.30 | 6 places available

Session Three | 15.00 – 16.30 | 6 place available

To book a space please email your name, contact number and sessions to you wish participate in to: cat@wearesmart.co.uk

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/131508127538471

Holly Fest

Organiser: Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

Where: Drum Castle, Drumoak, Banchory AB31 5EY

Date:  Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th December 2017
Time:  11:00 – 16:00

Description: Holly Fest returns to Drum Castle, Garden & Estate for Christmas 2017.

Come and see Drum Castle transformed for the festive season, puruse Exclusively Highlands’ Christmas Market, sample our sleigh-driver-friendly mulled wine, pick up your holly wreaths harvested from Drum Estate, and, to top it off, meet Father Christmas!

A fabulous weekend of fun for all the family. Keep an eye on our event page for further news and updates on the splendour of Drum’s very own HOLLY FEST!!!

Adults: £4.50

Kids & Concessions: £2.50

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1761648747179369

The Grinch – Film Screening

Organiser: Castle Fraser Garden & Estate

Where: Castle Fraser Garden & Estate, Sauchen, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 7LD 

Date:  Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December 2017
Time:  11:30 – 14:00

Description: Merry Grinchmas!

We are delighted to be welcoming Blue Monkey Events ltd to celebrate our Christmas weekend with us! We will be showing the Grinch in The Great Hall of the Castle. So bring your blankets or even a pillow and get ready to feel in the Christmas spirit.

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December – 11:30am daily

Tickets Prices
Child – £5
Adult – £7
Concession – £6
Family (2 adults and 2 children) – £21

Tickets must be booked in advance.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1848919515435547

Santa at The Sand Bothy

Organiser: The Sand Bothy

Where: The Sand Bothy, Balmedie Country Park, Aberdeen  AB23 8XG

Date:  Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December 2017
Time:  13:00 – 16:00

Description: Meet Santa in his Grotto and Mrs Claus in her story corner. Present from Santa, refreshments, Christmas Crafts. £5 per child. Hamper Raffle £1 per ticket. Teas and coffees for sale.

No need to book, but please let us know on FB how many children you are bringing, so that Santa knows how many parcels to put in his sacks!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/536625380017490 


Christmas Carol Concert with the Choir of King’s College

Organiser: Fyvie Castle

Where: Fyvie Castle, Turriff, Ellon AB53 8JS

Date:  Saturday 9th December 2017
Time:  19:30 – 22:00

Description: An Evening of Festive Choral Delight awaits you at Fyvie Castle

Fyvie Castle’s music gallery will resound to the delightful Christmas tones of the Choir of King’s College Aberdeen,conducted by Dr John Frederick Hudson, as they present a Christmas Carol Concert with traditional carols and a new carol, ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ by Paul Mealor.

The evening performance will take place in the castle’s historic music gallery,  part of the Leith Tower.

Mulled fruit punch and homemade mincemeat pies will be served during the interval.

Adult – £12.00

Concession – £10.00

Child – £5.00


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1753957614615023

Christmas Concert and Carol Sing-A-Long 

Organiser: Bon-Accord Silver Band

Where: Ferryhill Parish Church, Fonthill Road, Aberdeen AB11 6UD

Date:  Sunday 10th December 2017
Time:  19:00 – 22:00

Description: Experience the very best Christmas concert in Aberdeen, with the Bon-Accord Silver Bands.

The bands will be performing a mixture of traditional and modern Christmas classics and there will be plenty of opportunity for you to sing along to your favourite carols.

The Bon-Accord Silver Band, and the Bon-Accord Silver ‘B’ Band will be filling Ferryhill Parish Church with festive joy and that warm fuzzy feeling of Christmas.

Mince pies and mulled wine will be available at the interval and will once again be included in your tickets price.

We hope to see you all there again this year – you can wear your favourite Christmas jumper if you wish!

Tickets £8 for adults and £5 for concessions – available on the door

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1734354216873957

Little Explorer Days: Frosty Fun 

Organiser: Aberdeen Science Centre

Where: Aberdeen Science Centre, 179 Constitution Street, Aberdeen AB24 5TU 

Date:  Tuesday 12th – Saturday 16th December 2017
Time:  10:00 – 17:00

Description: Come along to our Frosty Fun Little Explorer Day for some really COOL fun! Explore how water freezes and what makes ice melt in our Ice Investigation Workshop, build a mini ‘snowman’ and ‘melt’ it into a fizzy puddle, play ‘Snowman Slam,’ search for winter themed objects in a winter wonderland sensory bin and more!

Recommended for children aged 3-5.

These Little Explorer Days are open to public and groups.

Each Little Explorer Day workshop lasts approximately 30 minutes and is supported by related activity tables on the Exhibition Floor.

These days are open to both the public and groups however if you are wishing to attend with a group then we would recommend you book in advance. Please contact a member of the STEM Learning Team on 01224 640 340 for more details

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/826556527526853

Relaxed Library 

Organiser: Alford Community

Where: Alford Library, Greystone Rd, Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8TY

Date:  Thursday 14th December 2017
Time:  17:00 – 18:30

Description: Alford library along with Spikin’ Autism (parent support group) are holding another ‘relaxed library’ session for families with children on the Autistic spectrum or ASN. Come along for a cuppa and meet the support group in the library for fun family session. Activities will include lego, wii, sensory resources and traditional board games.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1746374169001132

December Bridge of Don Drop In Session

Organiser: Close and Calm

Where: St. Columba’s Church, Braehead Way, Aberdeen AB22 8RR

Date:  Friday 15th December 2017
Time:  09:30 – 10:45

Description:  There will be trained baby carrying advice from Jess Hippey, owner of Close and Calm, and a sling library with a large selection of rentals available. Should you wish to go on to buy a carrier after this, please inform Jess as discount codes are available for customers.

We will charge a £2 entry fee to cover room hire, insurance and professional fees but will serve you tea, coffee and yummy cakes in exchange. Children , partners and family are welcome, and there is an unsupervised creche area available.

We’re very lucky to also have a breastfeeding peer supporter Lynn Miller present at most meetings, as we recognise advice and support for this is often needed too 🙂

We’re a friendly, welcoming bunch and look forward to meeting you. Our hope is to try and build an informative and supportive community so the more the merrier.

More info available here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1519071431734745

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/293945967732943

Santa’s Great Big Party! 

Organiser: Wynford Farm Park

Where: Wynford Farm Park, Wynford Farm, Aberdeen AB15 8RQ

Date:  Friday 15th – Saturday 16th December 2017
Time:  17:30 – 19:30

Description: Join SANTA’S GREAT BIG PARTY where the man Himself will be hosting an evening of fun, dancing, food and CHRISTMAS CHEER!!!

Booking required so choose your evening and follow our link to get your Tickets for the event of the Festive Season!

TICKETS – £12.50/Child

Dress to impress and put on your dancing shoes because our parties are legendary – and this time SANTA is taking part in all the fun! Ever been on the Big Slide with the man in charge of Christmas? NOW’S YOUR CHANCE!

Children will get a bag of sweets and balloon from Santa as they leave – so if you’re leaving early let us know and we’ll get you yours!

Doors will open at 1720.
Adult hot food Menu will be available for purchase during the evening.
Children will eat in groups based on time of arrival.
Loud music and flashing lights will be part of the event.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1048768201929466

We hope this has given you some inspiration for the week ahead. Let us know in the comments below or over on FacebookInstagram or Twitter what you get up too!

If you have an event you would like listed in a future ‘What’s on’ post and event calendar drop us an email at mimi@mummymimi.co.uk or contact us over on Facebook


  1. Would it be possible to add the fairy woods at Aden Country Park onto your site. It is open to the public everyday and it’s free. We do fairy tours but if the go onto our fb page: Aden Country Park fairy woods

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