What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire | 8th – 14th December 2018


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**

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An Afternoon with Santa 

Organiser: JRD Equipment Ltd

Where: JRD Equipment Ltd, Broomiesburn road, balmacassie ind estate, AB419 Ellon, Aberdeenshire    

Date:  Friday 7th December 2018
Time:  02:00PM-04:00PM

Description: An Afternoon with Santa

Come along to Broomies and meet Santa on Friday 7th & 14th December from 2pm – 4pm.

Children will receive a kids bucket and selection box from Santa for only £6.95

Tickets available from JRD or Broomies, Hurry! as on a first come first served basis.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/288531685326141/

Family Christmas Movie Night 

Organiser: Alford Playgroup

Where: Alford Playgroup, Howe Trinity Church, Main Street, Alford,  AB33 8AD

Date:   Friday 7th December 2018
Time: 06:00PM-09:00PM

Description: Family Christmas Movie Night – ELF

Tickets cost £5 per person

(please message or comment to buy your tickets)

Children’s tickets include a tub of popcorn

Movie snacks & Refreshments available

Bring the whole family!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/251807362351067/

Christmas Family Movie Night 

Where: Portlethen Academy, Portlethen, Aberdeenshire AB12 4QL 

Date:   Friday 7th December 2018
Time:  06:00PM-09:00PM

Description: Come and join us for a Christmas movie!

Tickets on sale now at Portlethen Library

Adults – £3

Children – £2 (includes a drink & snack)

Come and enjoy as a family or group.

Relax and allow younger children to experience the movies without the stress/expense of the cinema.

Allow the older ones to sit and enjoy with their friends.

There must be one responsible adult per group of children.

For large groups, 10 or more, please pm or email fishermosspsc@outlook.com by 1st December to allow us time to accommodate you.


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/529905680816751/


Organiser: The Tivoli Theatre

Where: The Tivoli Theatre, 34 – 48 Guild Street, Aberdeen AB11 6NB

Date:  Friday 7th December 2018
Time: 07:00PM-09:00PM

Description: Peter Pan, also known as the boy who wouldn’t grow up, is the story of a mischievous little boy who can fly and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers. Join them as they meet the lost boys and the Indian princess, Tiger Lily, who are constantly under attack from the scheming pirate, Captain Hook and his band of pirates. Will Captain Hook ever get his revenge on Peter Pan for his unfortunate dealings with the crocodile that has left him with a Hook for a hand? Come along for a fun filled family experience with Attic theatre.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/327672467790119/

Inverurie Panto Preview Show – Aladdin! 

Organiser: CLAN Cancer Support

Where: Inverurie Town Hall, Market Place, INVERURIE AB51 3SN, Aberdeen  

Date:  Friday 7th December 2018
Time:  07:00PM-10:30PM

Description: A wonderful opportunity to see the spectacular Inverurie Panto of “Aladdin” first at the Inverurie Town Hall on Friday 7th December at 7pm. All ticket sales go directly to CLAN Cancer Support.

Please note that seats for disabled or wheelchair access are only available in the stalls and that the balcony seating area is only staircase accessible.

To purchase tickets please visit https://www.tickettailor.com/events/clancancersupport/209428/#

Adult Stalls £10.00

Child Stalls £7.00

Tickets are non-refundable.

If you have any questions about tickets please contact CLAN Fundraising Team on 01224 647000 or fundraising@clanhouse.org

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2264580263775671/

Santa’s Grotto at Bon Accord

 Organiser: Bon Accord Aberdeen

Where: Bon Accord Aberdeen, George St, Aberdeen,  AB25 1HZ 

Date: Every weekend from 17 Nov and weekdays 17 Dec – Christmas Eve 2018
Time: 10:00AM-04:00PM

Description: Santa only has one home this Christmas, and that’s Bon Accord!

Create lasting memories with a visit to Bon Accord’s winter wonderland and support The ARCHIE Foundation whilst doing so.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland is open every weekend from 17 Nov and weekdays 17 Dec – Christmas Eve.  For full list of times visit https://www.bonaccordaberdeen.com/whats-on-in-aberdeen/664-santa-s-grotto-bon-accord

A visit is £4.50 per child which includes:

Entry to Santa’s Magical winter wonderland

Say hello to the singing Reindeer

Meet Santa and let him know your wish list

A memorable gift

Photo packages are available starting from £9.95 and all proceeds go to The ARCHIE Foundation.

Walk-ins are welcome and you can book ahead on our EventBrite page: http://ow.ly/gcgB30m55xj  The slot is for one child, for additional children please add at checkout under additional admissions.

Party size is limited to 4 children per pre-booked slot. For larger parties walk-ins are welcome.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/179163336310054/

Christmas Toy Sale, Ellon 

Organiser: Stevens Toymaster Shop Ellon

Where: Stevens Toymaster Shop Ellon, The Square, AB41 9JB Ellon, Aberdeenshire 

Date:  Saturday 8th December 2018
Time:  10:00AM-04:00PM

 Description: Formerly STEVENS TOYMASTER are having a massive toy sale at Ellon Victoria Hall on Saturday 8th December.

We have a large selection of toys available to you for ONE DAY ONLY. Great reductions and Special offers while stocks last.

Come along and grab a bargain during this ONE DAY SALE.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/239115996723718/

Thistle Street Food Market – December 

Organiser: The West End – Aberdeen

Where: Thistle Street, Aberdeen AB10 1

Date: Saturday 8th December 2018
Time:  10:00AM-03:00PM

Description: Join us for some festive fun at the final Thistle Street Food Market of the year! ???

This is the perfect opportunity to support local this Christmas… Whether you’re searching for lovely gifts for the foodies in your life, or you’re on the hunt for some delicious delicacies to enjoy over the holiday season – you’ll find something special at the Thistle Street Food Market.

‘Tis the season to be jolly – so come along and spread some festive cheer! ?

Interested in exhibiting at Thistle Street Food Market? We’d love to hear from you! Please email AberdeenWestEnd@outlook.com.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/318421908998473/

RNLI Santa’s Grotto at Cheers 

Organiser: Cheers Cafe Bar & Tavern Fraserburgh

Where: Cheers Cafe Bar & Tavern Fraserburgh, 10 Broad Street, AB43 9AH Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire 

Date:  Saturday 8th December 2018
Time:  10:30AM-03:00PM

Description: Santa’s grotto returns to Cheers this year to raise funds for Fraserburgh RNLI. As always there will be plenty of gifts for the wee ones up to the age of 12 and there will be raffles sold for a Xmas hamper.

The grotto is located at the rear of Cheers in the large conservatory. Simply walk right up into the beer garden to see the entrance.

There is easy access for prams and wheelchairs and baby and disabled facilities to the rear.

There will be a break for Santa and his helpers to have a wee rest between 1.00 and 1.30

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/582124418893525/

Santa Specials – Saturday 8th December 2018 

Organiser: Milton of Crathes Station

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

Date:  Saturday 8th December 2018
Time:  10:30AM-03:30PM

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.

He’ll be there every Saturday and Sunday from 24th November up to and including Monday 24th December – Christmas Eve, also Friday 21st.

Festive singing on all services, which this year will be steam hauled. The whole Santa experience will last approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/297213324338776/

Drum Castle Christmas 

Organiser: Exclusively Highlands

Where: Drum Castle, Banchory, AB31 5

Date:  Saturday 8th December 2018
Time:  11:00AM-04:00PM

Description: Drum Castle Christmas Festival is a new take on the previous Christmas Holly Fest.

Come and see the Castle transformed for the festive season, peruse Exclusively Highland’s unique Christmas Market situated throughout the entire castle , try the wonderful ‘german inspired’ courtyard food, sample our sleigh-driver-friendly mulled wine and visit the Secret Drum Fairy hideaway – a beautiful way to send your very special Christmas wishes!

Christmas sounds will serenade around the Castle and the National Trust shop will be brimming with festive fare.

A fabulous weekend of fun for all the family. Please note the £4.00/£2.00 admission charges apply to members and non-members.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/427087227818731/

Christmas Pony Grooming 

Organiser: World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm

Where: Belwade Farm, Dess, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 5BJ

Date:  Saturday 8th December 2018
Time:  12:00PM-12:45PM

Description: Come along to our Christmas grooming session with Dancer and one of his friends.  Dancer will have a small present to give every child who attends.

You will get to learn some of the different brushes and what they are used for before having a go at the grooming.

Please come along in suitable clothing and footwear (no open toed sandals).

An adult must stay with any child participating (no adult purchase is required)

£5 per child, tickets can be purchased by following the ticketing link.

For more information or to book a table for lunch during your visit please call 013398 85398 or email lisagardiner@worldhorsewelfare.org

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2026997760684017/

Santa at The Sand Bothy 

Organiser: The Sand Bothy

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

Date:  Saturday 8th December 2018
Time:  12:00PM-04:00PM

Description: A chance to see Santa in his Grotto at The Sand Bothy, with gifts, stories, children’s crafts, raffle and refreshments. 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! Cost is £5 per child. Raffle tickets £1 each

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/305175850306626/

Airyhall Festive Fair 

Organiser: Tiksy Art and Craft Fayres

Where: Airyhall Community Centre, Countesswells Road, Aberdeen,  AB15 8AD

 Date: Saturday 8th December 2018
Time:  12:30-03:30PM

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2034232663567722/

Puss in Boots 

Organiser: Newtonhill Pantomime

Where: Bettridge Centre, Greystone Pl, Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire AB39 3UL

Date:  Wednesday 5th – Saturday 8th December 2018
Time:  02:30PM-05:30PM

Description: Join us for another fabulous pantomime!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/755970654747419/

Christmas tree sales! 

Organiser: Ellon Round Table

Where: DogTap, Balmacassie Industrial Estate, AB41 8BX Ellon, Aberdeenshire

Date:  Saturday 8th December 2018
Time:  03:00PM-06:00PM

Description: We’ll be selling Christmas Trees again this year with all donations going to our charity account!! We’ll have 5” and 6” locally sourced, sustainable nordman firs Trees!

We’ll be down at the Brewdog Christmas event selling Christmas Trees!! Once they’re gone they’re gone!!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/268828233748311/

Hayfield Christmas Panto 

Organiser: Hayfield Riding Club

Where: Hayfield Riding Club, Hayfield Riding Centre, Hazlehead Park, AB15 8BB Aberdeen 

Date:  Saturday 8th December 2018
Time:  07:00PM-09:00PM

Description: Tickets are £5 for children and £7 for adults and are available from reception now!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1609760369170376/

Aberdeen Santa Run 

Organiser: Aberdeen Sports Village

Where: Aberdeen Sports Village, Aberdeen Sports Village, Linksfield Road, AB245RU Aberdeen

Date:  Sunday 9th December 2018
Time:  09:30AM-01:30PM

Description: Ho ho ho! Come take part in this fun-filled event where you can run, jog, or walk in the 5km race, or the Santa Mile Dash! With children of all ages welcome, it’s time to gather the family and get festive!

No need for any previous experience as this is just some fun – all for a good cause! As part of your entry fee, you will receive a Santa Suit, a Christmas medal, a goody bag, and the complete support of our experienced events team.

Pricing: 5km races – £14.50 for Adults & £8 for Children (under 13’s) all under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult.

   Santa Mile Dash – £8 for everyone all under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult.

After previous success with the annual Santa Run events, Aberdeen Sports Village will again be working with the charity CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland) throughout the event’s entirety.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1048971385279889/

Breakfast with Santa!

 Organiser: World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm

Where: World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm, Belwade Farm, Dess, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 5BJ 

Date:  Sunday 9th December 2018
Time:  10:00AM-12:00PM

Description: Come along to Belwade Farm for breakfast & to meet Santa Claus!

On arrival you will be greeted by Dancer our miniature pony.  He loves to meet our visitors to the farm so please stop and say hello.

Every child that attends will receive a glitter tattoo and enjoy a festive craft activity to take home with them.  They will be able to meet Santa Claus who will have a special gift for them.  Please confirm the ages of children attending when purchasing tickets by adding this information to the special requirements section.  Under 1 year olds are FOC but please let us know they will be attending for Santa present.

Santa will be here from 10.30am until about 11.30am.

During your visit you will also be able to watch some of our Belwade residents in action from the warmth of the bistro.

Breakfast is also included within the ticket price from our set menu (subject to change, options may include).


Large pancake with bacon and bacon syrup

Porridge & fruit compote

Scrambled, fried or poached egg on toast

Breakfast roll with 2 items


Mini pancakes with maple syrup, jam or chocolate spread

Porridge & fruit compote

Scrambled, fried or poached egg on toast

Breakfast roll with 1 item

All breakfasts with be served with a choice of tea, filter coffee or fruit juice.

Children under 1 year are free of charge.

For further information please email lisagardiner@worldhorsewelfare.org

By purchasing tickets to attend this event you are supporting the valuable work of the charity.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/173434010152968/

Santa Specials – Sunday 9th December 2018

Organiser: Caledonian Railway

Where: Caledonian Railway, The Station, 2 Park Road, DD9 7AF Brechin, Angus 

Date:  Sunday 9th December 2018
Time:  10:30AM-04:00PM

Description: Santa is making his yearly visit to the Caledonian Railway – and you’re all invited!

Come along for a festive steam hauled train journey through the picturesque Angus countryside on Brechin’s historic branch line. All paying passengers will get to meet the man himself and will receive a gift from one of his very helpful elves!

Trains depart Brechin station at 11.00, 12.15, 13.30 and 14.45.

Our gift shop will be open selling a fantastic range of toys and present ideas, including a large selection of Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise! The buffet outlets at both of our stations will also be open, serving a range of hot drinks and snacks.

We expect trains to fill up very quickly so advanced booking is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit our website – https://caledonianrailway.com/events/10

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/234339233910036/

Messy Play Newtonhill-Messy Christmas Party! 

Organiser: Mess Around North Aberdeenshire

Where: Bettridge Centre, Greystone Pl, Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire AB39 3UL 

Date:  Sunday 9th December 2018
Time:  10:30AM-11:30AM

Description: Jingle Mess, jingle Mess jingle all the way! Don on your Christmas jumpers and join the best festive party of the season! Mums, dads, boys and girls, whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, everyone can have a jolly messy time with Messy Christmas! Little ones can mess around with fun activities such as reindeer dust, Brussels sprout Rolling, and candy cane rice, or get messy with our festive treats such as angle foam, Santa good and Christmas pud! All you have to do is come along and mess around and leave the cleaning up to us!!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2054878551489574/

Breakfast With Santa 

Organiser: Drop Dead Vintage Parlour

Where: Drop Dead Vintage Parlour, 60 Commerce Street, Insch, Aberdeenshire AB52 6JB 

Date: Sunday 9th December 2018
Time:  10:30AM-11:30AM

Description: Book Breakfast with Santa. We will have Hot filled Breakfast Rolls and Cold Breakfast Buffet Selection. Santa will visit and all children will receive a present for him

We will have a lower rate for babies to receive a present from Santa to.

Booking essential and payment at time of Booking to secure your place. When booking please give the child’s name and age.

Please contact for all enquires 07484526512

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/311145479482212/

Santa Specials – Sunday 9th December 2018 

Organiser: Milton of Crathes Station

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

Date:  Sunday 9th December 2018
Time:  10:30AM-03:30PM

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.

He’ll be there every Saturday and Sunday from 24th November up to and including Monday 24th December – Christmas Eve, also Friday 21st.

Festive singing on all services, which this year will be steam hauled. The whole Santa experience will last approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/739418233074384/

Christmas Fair 

Where: Royal British Legion Oldmeldrum, AB51 0, Aberdeen

Date: Sunday 9th December 2018
Time:  12:00PM-04:00PM

Description: Xmas Fair

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/313581519438643/

Sunday Lunch with Santa!

Organiser: VIP Your Event

Where: Palace Hotel, Prince St, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire AB42 1PL 

Date:  Sunday 9th December 2018
Time: 02:00PM-04:30PM

Description: Come have a North Pole lunch with Santa, dance along with Santas elves to the most amazing Christmas disco, Pose in the Magic Mirror when you get your VIP gift from Santa, post all your last minute letters, lots of games and prizes. Adults welcome too refreshments available to buy at the Palace!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/559866054444473/

NCT Aberdeen City & Shire Christmas Party 

Organiser: NCT Aberdeen City & Shire

Where: Airyhall Community Centre, Countesswells Road, Aberdeen,  AB15 8AD 

Date:   Sunday 9th December 2018
Time:  02:00PM-04:00PM

Description: NCT Christmas Party!

Join us at Airyhall Community Centre for our NCT Christmas Party for some festive family fun on Sunday 9th December 2-4pm.

This is a ticketed event so that we can advise Santa how many children are attending!

Each kids ticket includes a visit and gift from Santa, Christmas craft, face painting, Moo Music taster session, toys and games along with an age appropriate snack and a hot drink for adults.

There will also be some stalls including a yummy home baking stall to kickstart your Christmas shopping.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/344468912973807/

Christmas Concert and Carol Sing-A-Long 

Organiser: Bon-Accord Silver Band

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

 Date: Sunday 9th December 2018
Time:  07:00PM-10:00PM

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/467404750439650/

Ferryhill Kids – Monday Group 

Organiser: Kids at Ferryhill Baby and Toddler Groups

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

Date:  Monday 10th December 2018
Time:  09:30AM-11:15AM

Description: Monday Group is for crawling babies and older. It’s a volunteer-led group and everyone helps out.  The more hands the lighter the work!

It’s an informal setting for parents/carers to relax in whilst little ones play with different array of toys/equipment or take part in craft activities.

Session is £3 and snack is included for your child (please let the volunteers on the day know of any allergies). This is a drop in group so no need to book in advance or block book.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/286562228608115/?event_time_id=286562248608113

Splat Messy Play Christmas Party. 

Organiser: Splat Messy Play Aberdeen & Shire

Where: Splat Messy Play Aberdeen & Shire 

Date:  Monday 10th December 2018
Time:  10:00AM-11:00AM





Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/499204557228661/

Huntly Little OWLS 

Organiser: Outdoor Woodland Learning School CIC – non-profit

Where: Battlehill Wood

Date:  Monday 10th December 2018
Time: 01:15PM-02:45PM

Description: Join us at Battlehill Woods for some fabulous fun in the forest. Explore and discover, then enjoy a campfire cooked snack and a hot chocolate round the fire. Meet at the bottom car park, and please wear warm waterproof clothing.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/112238833034203/?event_time_id=112238856367534

Christmas Slime – Alford 

Organiser: Splat Messy Play Aberdeen & Shire

Where: Tick Tock Play, Watchmakers Lane, AB33 8EW Alford, Aberdeenshire 

Date:  Monday 10th December 2018
Time:  04:15PM-05:15PM

Description: The children will have the option of making either Santa or Christmas Tree slime with lots of festive glitter, sequences, baubles, tinsel and even bells.

The Children will all receive a sweet Christmas treat snack and drink. ONLY £5.00 per child with provided sweet treat, drink and and airtight container to take their slime home with them.

(Space are limited so please book to avoid disappointment)

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2114601478870478/

Christmas Concert for Maggie’s 

Organiser: Maggie’s Aberdeen

Where: Midstocket Parish Church

Date:  Monday 10th December 2018
Time:  07:30PM-10:00PM

Description: Join us for a Christmas Concert at Midstocket Church all in aid of Maggie’s Aberdeen.

With performances from Albacappella and Aberdeen Concert Band it’s going to be a great evening!

Tickets: £8, £5 concession

For tickets and more information please contact the fundraising team on 01224 612914 or email aberdeenfundraising@maggiescentres.org

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/502197096869504/

Ferryhill Kids – Babies and Crawlers (Wednesdays) 

Organiser: Kids at Ferryhill Baby and Toddler Groups

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

Date:  Wednesday 12th December 2018
Time:  09:30AM-11:15AM

Description: Wednesday is the Baby Group, come along and help set up.  Chat to other parents/carers whilst your babies play and interact with one another.  It’s suitable for newborns to crawlers.

£2 per session and it’s a drop in group so no need to book in advance.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1767924926626209/?event_time_id=1767924976626204

Christmas Storytime at Cults Library 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Cults Library, 429 North Deeside Road, Aberdeen, AB15 9SX, 429 North Deeside Road, ,

 Date:  Thursday 13th December 2018
Time:  03:34PM-04:45PM

Description: Join us this December for some festive fun, seasonal stories and crafts at your local library.

Suitable for ages 5-8.

Booking essential.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2039591706351628/

Don’t forget you can also check out our events calendar for planning ahead with events in Aberdeen City & Shire.