BONUS Day 10: Visit Aberdeen

Data Thistle
3 min readDec 21, 2022


Recently listed as the number one holiday destination for 2023, Christmas in Aberdeen is certainly something special! See what’s in store below:

Aberdeen Christmas Village

Festivities abound in the city centre this Christmas! Fairground rides, ice rinks, and plenty of delicious street food in the local Christmas market. Find something for everyone to enjoy in this cosy and spectacular day out for the family!

Hunt for the Lost Toys Trail

Can you find all twelve sculptures around the city to earn your Christmad reward? Created by local creator, Garry Shand, these sculptures depict the Twelve Days of Christmas, and you can find the map to help you on your treasure hunt via this link.

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan

Everyone’s favourite boy who never grew up is off on another adventure in Neverland! Make sure to hook yourself a ticket as Peter takes flight with some amazing special effects, stunning sets, and plenty of laughs.

Ardo Christmas Trees Pop Up Shop

Why not treat yourself this year to a living Christmas tree? The team at Ardo Farm are passionate about all things Christmas, and as well as nabbing yourself a tree, make sure to take a look at all the decorations and local produce from exhibiting crafters.

Christmas at the Castle

Crathes Castle is being lit up once again for Christmas! The fun starts as soon as you walk through the illuminated trail, and carries on through to the Festive Food Market, Santa’s Grotto, and the Festive Gift Market. Why not spend the day exploring the grounds and walled garden?

Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook

A master of Scottish contemporary folk brings out some special guests for a showcase of traditional Christmas music. Bring the whole family for a singalong with some of the finest musicians of the Scottish folk scene to make you feel festive and full of Christmas joy!

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas

Queen’s Cross Church will be lit up by candles in this beautiful Christmas concert from the Piccadilly Sinfonietta. Listen to classics from Chopin, Corelli, and Vivaldi for a festive concert you won’t soon forget!

We hope you have a safe and magical Christmas in Aberdeen, whatever you do!

The Data Thistle Team x