What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire (16th – 24th 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,

*OPEN AIR ICE RINK*

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.

*FESTIVE FAIRGROUND RIDES*

Monday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm

(school holidays 11am – 10pm)

Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

*REFRESHMENTS*

Monday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm

(school holidays 11am – 10pm)

Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

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


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


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


Santa’s Grotto 

Organiser: Bon Accord Aberdeen

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

Date:  Daily until Sunday 24th December 2017
Time:  Various opening times, see link below.

Description: Meet Santa in his magical winter wonderland. Enjoy an unforgettable experience for all the family and make sure you’re not on the naughty list with all proceeds going to CLAN Cancer support.

For more info on opening times check the link http://www.bonaccordaberdeen.com/whats-on-in-aberdeen/564-santa-s-grotto

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/781595452049739


Fairy Wood open at weekends (weather permitting)

Organiser: VSA Easter Anguston Farm

Where: Easter Anguston Farm, Peterculter, Aberdeen 

Date:  Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th, Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th 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’s Grotto Bundle Offer

Organiser: Wynford Farm Park

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

Date:  Friday 15th to  Sunday 17th December 2017
Time:  10:00 – 16:00

Description: Meet Santa in his Wynford Wonderland Grotto!

Includes your Santa Experience, Choose your own Toy, Christmas Crafts with our Elves, and Child’s Dual Admission to all of our Indoor & Outdoor FUN!

Arrive and present yourself to our Cafe team for our Elves to bring you to his Grotto for 15 minutes of crafts and fun before meeting the man himself!

Here at Wynford, we like NO QUEUES CHRISTMAS so that you can ENJOY the festive season with no stress! Arrive on time for your session and we handle all the rest!

TICKETS – £13.50/Child

By appointment only, booking required. Follow the link and buy your tickets now!

A minimum of one Adult is required to supervise up to 5 children. Adult Admission cost can be added during the booking process, or paid on the day.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1681457525258039


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 17th December 2017 14:00
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


Hoodles Christmas Cracker

Organiser: Love Rara

Where: Hoodles Playbarn, North mains of Barra, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire AB51 0BB 

Date:  Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th December 2017
Time:  09:00 – 16:00

Description: Come along and join in the fun at this years Hoodles Christmas Cracker event. Here’s what’s on throughout the weekend….

Saturday:

Lova Rara will be running Princess and Superhero workshops as well as walk about sessions where your little ones can get their picture taken with Frozen Queen, Beauty, Batman and American Captain.

Princess workshops (10.30-11.30 and 2-3) | Superhero workshops (12.15-1.15 and 3.45-4.45)

Booking essential by phoning Hoodles on 01651 873813, £8 per child, payable on booking (non-refundable)

Sunday:

Gary Seagreeves will be making a return with his magic shows and walkabout magic sessions. (No booking required)

10:30-11:30 Walkabout / 12:00-12:45 Show / 1:00-2:00 Walkabout / 2:30-3:15 Show / 3:30-4:00 Walkabout

Kidgloves Puppet Company will be performing puppet shows throughout the day. (No booking required) Show times 10am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3.15pm

All weekend:

Visit Santa in his grotto (No booking required)

Santa’s reindeer 11am – 3pm each day (No booking required)

Face painting in the Playbarn (No booking required)

Prices:
Special entrance fee: 2 years & over – Play and Santa £13 | 1 – 2 years – Play and Santa £10 |Visit to Santa only – £6

If not visiting Santa: 2 years & over – £8 | 1-2 years – £5 | Under 1’s – Free

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/144543559634748


December Market – Third Weekend

Organiser: Belmont St Market Aberdeen

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

Date:  Saturday 16th December 2017
Time:  2017 09:00 – 15:00

Description: Belmont St Local Market

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/138291603477944


Santa And His Reindeer At The White Horse Inn

Organiser: White Horse Hotel & Restaurant

Where: White Horse Hotel & Restaurant, Old Road, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire AB23 8XR

Date:  Saturday 16th December
Time:  10:00 – 14:00

Description: Come visit santa and his reindeer at the whitehorse inn.

There will also be a craft fayre to pick up any last minute gifts.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1572064342851221


Coastal Play Christmas Special

Organiser: Bettridge Centre

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

Date:  Saturday 16th December 2017
Time:  10:00 – 12:30

Description: Join us for a fantastic Coastal Play Christmas Special!

£7 per child for 2.5 hours play, including gift from Santa. Must be booked and paid for in advance.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/169455376985145


Santa Specials – Saturday 16th December 

Organiser: Milton of Crathes Station

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

Date:  Saturday 16th 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/305542683246526


Breakfast with Santa 

Organiser: Culter Village Hall

Where: Culter Village Hall, 178 North Deeside Road, Peterculter, Aberdeen AB14 0UD

Date:  Saturday 16th December 2017
Time:  10:30 – 12:30

Description: Come for a special breakfast at the Hall with festive activities and a visit from Santa who will have a gift for every child. tickets £7.50 for Children. Adults will be able to purchase refreshments on the day.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/125323984888077


Santa Claus the Movie in the Gallery

Organiser: Fyvie Castle

Where: Fyvie Castle, Turriff, Ellon AB53 8JS

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

Description: In ancient times, a man named Claus, who delivers toys in his small village, fulfills his destiny to become Santa Claus after meeting an expert toy-making elf, Patch in the North Pole.

In the present day, Santa Claus has become overwhelmed by his workload, and the disgruntled Patch flees the workshop to New York City. There, Patch unknowingly threatens the fate of Christmas by taking a job at a failing toy company run by a scheming businessman.

You know it isn’t Christmas until you have seen “Santa Claus the Movie” so come along to the music gallery in Fyvie Castle and enjoy a treat for all the family.

Tickets – Adults £8 | Children £6

Doors open at 15.30. Movie starts at 16.00.

Refreshments available

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/150226919042231


Santa Specials

Organiser: Milton of Crathes Station

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

Date:  Sunday 17th 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/115173975834915


Elf Christmas Door Workshop

Organiser: Geek Bothy

Where: Geek Bothy, Unit 3 Transition Extreme, Links Road, Aberdeen,  AB24 5NN

Date:  Sunday 17th December 2017
Time:  11:00 – 13:30

Description: WORKSHOP – Elf Christmas Door

AGE – Suitable for adults, and children over 6 years (Under 10’s must be accompanied by an adult however you do not need to pay for a space unless you would like to make your own one)

FREE PARKING IN CAR PARK

COST – £17 per person

This 2 ½ hour workshop held in Geek Bothy shop will show you how to texture clay and shape it into an elf Christmas door with snow, candy canes and sweets

Included: All tools, materials, tuition and a small snack.

Please note that workshops are non refundable and dates can not be swapped, you are welcome to give your place to someone else, it doesn’t have to be the named person that booked the workshop attending. If the workshop is cancelled by the maker and/or Geek Bothy a full refund will be issued.

BOOK online – http://www.geekbothy.co.uk/product/elf-christmas-door-workshop or pop in and see us in the shop.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/136970770256483


Have you entered our competition over on Facebook yet? Why not check it out and you could be in with a chance of winning £75 of Argos vouchers!


 Lunch with Santa

Organiser: Pittodrie Events

Where: Pittodrie Stadium, Pittodrie St, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire AB24 5QH 

Date:  Sunday 17th December 2017
Time:  12:00 – 14:00

Description: Join Santa at Pittodrie Stadium for a children’s festive fun day from 12pm – 2pm in our Richard Donald Stand.

£15 per child which includes:

Kiddies lunch box containing a filled sandwich roll, crisps, juice carton and fruit

Meet Santa and receive a toy gift

Children’s Christmas disco

Party games

Photos with Angus the Bull

To book please contact a member of the Pittodrie Events sales team on:

E: salesaberdeen@sodexo.com T. 01224 650445

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/499122410450342


Christmas Carols in the Courtyard 

Organiser: Haddo House & Country Park

Where: Haddo House & Country Park, Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 7EQ

Date:  Sunday 17th December 2017
Time:  14:00 – 16:00

Description: An afternoon of carols in the Haddo courtyard. Come and enjoy alcohol free mulled wine, mince pies and seasonal cheer. Sing along to all your favourite Christmas carols – wrap up warm!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1706259332777362


Christmas Carol Singing

Organiser: Albury Sports Centre

Where: Albury Sports Centre, Albury Road, Aberdeen AB11 6TP 

Date:  Sunday 17th December 2017
Time:  17:00 – 18:00

Description: Free entry annual Christmas Carol singing event. All are welcome and there will be mulled wine and snacks.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/159777761302301


Christmas Party

Organiser: Inchgarth Community Centre 

Where: Inchgarth Community Centre, Aboyne Place, Aberdeen AB10 7DR

Date:  Monday 18th December 2017
Time:  17:00 – 19:00

Description: Inchgarth is hosting it’s fabulous FREE annual Christmas party for all ages which will see us entertained by the excellent Quirky discos, super-heroes, face painters, glitter tattooist, balloon moderlling, cake, snacks, juic, tea/coffee, community stalls.

This event is for families, children, the disabled, elderly- for everyone of every age to mingle together and have a right good community christmas party.

THERE IS NO NEED TO BOOK – SIMPLY TURN UP.

Children MUST be supervised by their parents or legal guardian at all times during the party.

It’s going to be fantastic, it’s free, fun and not to be missed!!

MONDAY 18TH DECEMBER 5PM AT INCHGARTH CC

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/184789655415429


NCT Bump Club December 

Organiser: NCT Aberdeen City & Shire

Where: Cults Kirk Centre

Date:  Tuesday 19th December 2017
Time:  19:00 – 21:15

Description: If you’re expecting a baby, then you need to join us in our pregnancy support group – Bump Club!

NCT Aberdeen Bump Club

Our monthly meetings are for both mums and dads to be to come along, meet other expectant parents and prepare for the birth of your baby.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/524797257881100


Santa’s Grotto at Crathes Castle 

Organiser: Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Where: Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate, Banchory, Aberdeenshire AB31 5

Date:  Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd December 2017
Time:  10:00 – 16:00

Description: A visit to Father Christmas adds that little bit of magic to the festive period. The jolly man himself will be visiting Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate this year with his helpful elves.

Visit our 16th Century tower house with your little ones and meet the man himself in the cosy Great Hall. Santa will be sure to reward those who have stayed off the naughty list!

Tickets are limited – book your dedicated time slot today!

Tickets – £6 per child

Fancy something extra special?  Have a look at our Santa in the Castle experience on Christmas Eve!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/826000874245449


Santa Specials

Organiser: Milton of Crathes Station

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

Date:  Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th 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/112495226159203

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Messy Play Hatton – Messy Christmas 

Organiser: Mess Around North Aberdeenshire

Where: Hatton Public Hall, Station Rd, Hatton, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire AB42 OHZ

Date:  Friday 22nd December 2017
Time:  13:30 – 14:30

Description: Jingle Mess, jingle Mess, jingle all the way!

Don on your Christmas jumpers and come join the best festive party of the season! Mums, dads, boys and girls, whether you e been naughty or nice this year, everyone can have a jolly messy time with Messy Christmas!

Little ones can Mess Around in fun activities such as reindeer dust, brussel sprout rolling and candy cane rice, or get messy with our festive treats such as angel foam, Santa goo and Christmas pud!

All you have to do is come along, Mess Around and leave the cleaning up to us!!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/387773831636884


Kids Christmas Disco

Organiser: Culter Village Hall

Where: Culter Village Hall, 178 North Deeside Road, Peterculter, Aberdeen AB14 0UD

Date:  Friday 22nd December 2017
Time:  19:00 – 20:30

Description: Celebrate the end of term at our Christmas Disco. Entry £2

Tuck shop will be available.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/538920176459818


December market – last chance for Christmas shopping!

Organiser: Belmont St Market Aberdeen

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

Date:  Saturday 23rd December 2017
Time:  09:00 – 15:00

Description: December market – last chance for Christmas shopping!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1615700615144836


Christmas Party

Organiser: Aberdeen Science Centre

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

Date:  Saturday 23rd December 2017
Time:  14:00 – 16:00

Description: Add a little fizzy and festive fun into the season with Aberdeen Science Centre’s Christmas Party! Come along to join in with our Christmas-themed science activities. Our Christmas elves have prepared presents and wintry snacks so come along and enjoy the fun! We even expect the visit of a surprise guest (ho, ho, ho! ). Suitable for ages 4 – 10.

Cost: £13.50 (Includes 2 Adults with the Child)

Pre-booking is required.

For Enquiries E-Mail: STEM@asc.scot

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/163647644226545


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!


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