What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire (18th – 24th November 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

November Bridge of Don Drop In Session

Organiser: Close and Calm

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

Date:  Friday 17th November 2017
Time:  9:15AM – 10:30AM

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/243822332770515

Pop Up Book Shop @ The Tin Coo

Organiser: Mrs K’s Little Bookshop

Where: The Devenick Dairy, Bishopston Farm, Banchory Devenick, Aberdeen AB12 4RS

Date:  Friday 17th November 2017
Time:  11:00AM – 3:00PM

Description: Pop Up Bookshop at Tin Coo – grab your lunch, let the kids play and do some Christmas shopping!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/127525491231355

Santa’s Grotto

Organiser: Bon Accord Aberdeen

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

Date:  Friday 17th November till Sunday 24th December 2017
Time:  09:00 – 17:00

Description: Santa only has one home this Christmas, and that’s Bon Accord! His magical winter wonderland opens on Friday the 17th of November.

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

Pudsey Day 

Organiser: Scallywags

Where: Scallywags, The Promenade, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire AB39 2RD 

Date:  Friday 17th November 2017
Time:  From 09:00

Description: Pudsey Day!!!

Wear something spotty, prize for best spotty outfit!

Colouring Competition pop in and pick up your favourite picture of Pudsey Bear!

Pudsey Cakes and Treats, trying to raise as much money as we can for Children in Need!

And of course our raffle – £1 a ticket and buy one get one free on tickets on Friday!! Prize- YEARLY PASS FOR SCALLYWAGS SOFTPLAY!!!!!!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1768970046468859

Airyhall PTA Xmas Shopping & Pamper Evening

Organiser: Airyhall PTA

Where: Airyhall Community Centre, Aberdeen 

Date:  Friday 17th November 2017
Time:  19:30 – 21:30

Description: Come along to our shopping and pamper evening – featuring lots of stalls from local businesses, and a pamper zone with beauty treatments.

Make a start on your Xmas shopping while enjoying a glass of fizz with your friends!

Tickets are £5 and include a glass of Prosecco or a soft drink and nibbles.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1318160134960538

Get Christmas Ready 

Organiser: Bon Accord Aberdeen

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

Date:  Saturday 18th November 2017
Time:  09:00 – 18:00

Description: Christmas Starts Here!

Join Us on Sat 18 Nov for:

Fashion shows | Festive Food Sampling | Santa’s Grotto | Festive Entertainment | Gift Guides | Giveaways

We’ve got the festive season all wrapped up.


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1898565140471878

Don’t forget you can also check out our events calendar for lots more events happening in Aberdeen City & Shire in the run up to Christmas!

Coastal Play 

Organiser: Bettridge Centre

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

Date:  Saturday 18th November 2017
Time:  09:45 – 11:00

Description: Coastal Play is a children’s soft play area for children aged toddler to 10 (height restrictions will apply and take precedence over age).

We provide a huge play area that includes 2  Bouncy Castles, one with slide, Soft Play Pods & Shapes, plus Bouncers, Inflatable Pitch and toddler area. It’s a great space for running around and letting off some steam – especially when the weather outside’s not so nice!

Coastal Cafe provides a seating area  where parents can see children at all times while enjoying a coffee and snack.

Numbers are limited, so please call us on 01569 731320 to reserve your space.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1691389400934463

Flock Contemporary Craft and Design Christmas Fair 

Organiser: The Barn

Where: The Barn, Burn o Bennie, Banchory,  AB31 5QA 

Date:  Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th November 2017
Time:  10:00 – 17:00

Description: The Barn’s signature Craft and Design fair is returning this year with a festival format and includes satellite makers-venues and an exciting programme of hands-on craft workshops.

This year flock provides even more opportunities to make, experience and purchase high-quality craft and design pieces from over 50 of Scotland’s top makers. flock brings two days of the best Christmas shopping in Scotland to your doorstep – come early and beat the crowds!

Free entry


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1073832719425657 

Wetland Conservation for Dragonflies! 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service

Where: Scotstown Moor, Aberdeen AB22 8

Date:  Saturday 18th November 2017
Time:  10:00 – 15:00

Description: A Scottish name for dragonflies is “blazing flies”! These impressive predators need areas of open and vegetated water to breed and hunt.  The work of opening pools and channels within the marshy area to the north of the reserve began over five years ago and you can help the aquatic wildlife of Scotstown Moor LNR by joining the Rangers to open up this area further.

Gloves tools and hot drinks will be provided but please bring wellies and a packed lunch.

Meet at the Reserve car park off Scotstown Road.  First bus 2 goes to Scotstown Road and First bus 8 goes to Dubford Road close by.

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

Suitable for adults and children over the age of 5.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/141173013172918

Little Explorer Days – Marvellous Minibeasts 

Organiser: Aberdeen Science Centre

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

Date:  Saturday 18th November 2017
Time:  10:00 – 17:00

Description: Come along and meet our minibeasts! We have some with six legs, some with hundreds of legs and some with no legs! Learn all about how to look after them!

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/128738737880583

Christmas Fayre 

Organiser: Fraserburgh Cats Protection

Where: Fraserburgh Leisure Centre, Seaforth Street, North Links, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire AB43 9BB 

Date:  Saturday 18th November 2017
Time:  10:00 – 17:00

Description: Please come along and support Fraserburgh Cats Protection, lots of pussycat goodies designed just for Christmas, will love meeting you all – come and say hello

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/126751351327793

Fairy Wood Open at Weekends (weather permitting) 

Organiser: VSA Easter Anguston Farm

Where: Easter Anguston Farm, Peterculter, Aberdeen 

Date:  Saturday 18th November 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

Culter Playgroup Christmas Fayre

 Organiser: Culter Playgroup

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

Date:  Saturday 18th November 2017
Time:  12:00 – 15:00

Description: Come along for a wonderful family afternoon with lots of fun, games and crafts for kids to enjoy, as well as stalls for shopping, tombolas and homebakes for all.

The guest of honour will, of course, be making an appearance! Bring your kids along to visit the most amazing Santa in his Grotto at Culter Village Hall!

We will have plenty of stalls with gifts available including highbrows, personalised Christmas gifts, handmade items, delicious sweets and bakes and much more as well.

It is also worth mentioning some of the FANTASTIC raffle prizes that will be up for grabs! You could win a night at The Marcliffe at Pitfodels, cinema vouchers, entry for 2 adults and 2 children to The Den & The Glen, designer sunnies from Duncan and Todd Opticians, bottles, afternoon tea at Raemoir Garden Centre, a studio session and print at Flash Photography Aberdeen and much, much more! Be sure to come to the Fayre to buy your raffle tickets and be in with a chance!

All the money raised goes to Culter Playgroup, which offers a fantastic service for young people and their families in the community.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/490062658041271

 Frozen Fraserburgh Drive In Cinema: Elf & Home Alone 

Organiser: Fraserburgh Super Saturdays

Where: NESCOL Car Park, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire AB43 9GA 

Date:  Saturday 18th November 2017
Time:  16:00 – 21:30

Description: Bring Home The Laughter This Holiday Season!

Aaaahh! Frozen Fraserburgh are bringing an evening of festive family films with screenings of Elf at 4pm and Home Alone at 7pm On Saturday 18th November 2017.

Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins – grab your tickets for our drive in cinema event at the NESCOL car park, Henderson Road, Fraserburgh.

Park up, tune in your radio, relax, snuggle up and enjoy the film.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the film to park and test your sound. Each person in the car must have their own seat belt. Larger vehicles will be parked at the rear of the car park.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/527739880891746

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Unicorn March 

Organiser: Haddo House & Country Park

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

Date:  Sunday 19th November 2017
Time:  10:00 – 12:00

Description:  We will have a blessing of unicorns at Haddo on the 19th of November. Local children will be coming to Haddo with their unicorns to march through the park. There will be a few different unicorn elements: a face painter; unicorn cupcakes and hot chocolate in the Pheasantry; a raffle for charity; and unicorn themed goodies to buy.

This is a free event, so no tickets required. It will also be weather dependent, so please keep an eye on updates.

If you would like to take part as a unicorn rider please email Suzanna on haddo@visithaddo.com. Places will be limited so this will done on a first come, first served basis. To be clear, you must have your own horse and be willing to dress it up as a unicorn

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/364442260663221

The Jack & Jill Market – Aberdeen 

Organiser: The Jack & Jill Market

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops, 161 Springfield Road, Aberdeen 

Date:  Sunday 19th November 2017
Time:  10:30 – 13:00


 Shop smartly, be savvy and save. Find everything you need for baby and children up to 9 years of age, all under the one roof, all on the same day. Whether it’s large items from our Large Items Gallery, or clothes, toys, and equipment from our quality nearly-new stalls, you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for – why pay more when you can pay less – now that’s being smart!

 Entry £1.50 Adults. Children free.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1725871911042087

Bird Needle Felting Workshop 

Organiser: Geek Bothy

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

Date:  Sunday 19th November 2017
Time:  11:00 – 13:30

Description: WORKSHOP – Bird Needle Felting (suitable for beginners) with The Green Boat

AGE – Adults and Children over 12 years old (due to sharp parts).


COST – £25 per person

This 2 1/2 hour workshop will show you how to make a Needle Felted Robin and a Sparrow. These little birds can be adapted into either a christmas decoration or a brooch.

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

Book online – http://www.geekbothy.co.uk/product/needle-felting-workshop  or pop in and see us at the shop.

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.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1907785356204803

Leith Hall: Nature Nippers – Sleepy Trees & Acorn Antics

Organiser: North East Ranger Service

Where: Leith Hall Gardens & Estate, Kennethmont, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 4NQ 

Date:  Monday 20th November 2017
Time:  13:00 – 14:00

Description: Nature Nippers for 1-5yr-olds features short walks, stories, games and crafts.

Find out what’s happening as autumn moves into winter.

Waterproofs and wellies essential.

£4.50 per child.

Booking essential via url on Facebook event page.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/126975967970550

Elves Workshop Bundle Offer 

Organiser: Wynford Farm Park

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

Date:  Thursday 23rd November till Thursday 14th December 2017
Time:  10:30 – 15:30

Description: Help our Elves prepare for Santa’s arrival!

Do you have what it takes to be a REAL Santa’s Little Helper? Join our Elves in Santa’s workshop and help them make and prepare Toys and Decorations to take home!

Our experienced Elves will help you make your own Toys and Decorations so that you too can help Santa, and take a little piece of Christmas home with you!

Elves Workshop Bundle includes Indoor and Outdoor Play for a full day of fun, Crafts and a Toy or Christmas Decoration to take home! Sessions may not be possible to move and so it is important that you arrive on time and present yourselves to our Cafe team, or your slot may be lost.

TICKETS – £12.95/Child

By appointment only, booking required. Dependent on the child’s choice, sessions can take anywhere between 20 and 45 minutes and takes place in Santa’s Grotto!

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

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/236847526849700

Christmas Tree Switch-On – ACC Official Event 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Council – City Events

Where: Castlegate Aberdeen, Aberdeen  

Date:  Thursday 23rd November 2017
Time:  19:00 – 20:00

Description: Our Twin Town of Stavanger in Norway has once again kindly donated a magnificent Christmas tree. A carol service will be held at the Castlegate prior to the switch-on where the Lord Provost of Aberdeen and the Deputy Mayor of Stavanger will light up the beautiful spruce. Musical entertainment will be provided by Big Noise, Torry.

This is a free event. Everyone welcome.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/518205441876945

Christmas Lights Switch On 

Organiser: Alford Community

Where: Haughton Arms Hotel, Haughton Arms Hotel, Main Street, Alford,  AB33 8WA 

Date:  Friday 24th November 2017
Time:  17:00 – 22:00

Description: Come and join us for the switching on of the christmas lights then come inside for the family disco at 8pm – 10 pm

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/121784475143138

Stoneywood School Fayre 

Organiser: Pryde of Place Studios

Where: Stoneywood School, Aberdeen AB21 9

Date:  Friday 24th November 2017
Time:  18:00 – 20:30

Description: Fun fayre for all ages and pockets.

Our quality crafters and quirky sellers will tempt you with amazing toys, foodie stalls, decorations, unique gifts including jewellery, fairy doors, handmade clothes, accessories, engraved giftware, hand painted glassware.

Christmas shopping just got easy!

Soak up some festive cheer with a fly cup and seasonal treat.

Get a photo with Santa at the grotto, let the kids do secret parent shopping in the special gift room and try your luck at the raffle and tombola. Tons of top prizes to be won on the night.

Please bring friends & family! All welcome.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1952617698294428

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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