What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire (3rd – 9th December 2016) | Mummy Mimi


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?

** Event details as at time of posting, please check through relevant links for more details **

Aberdeen Etsy Made Local Christmas Market

Where: The Foyer, 83A Crown St, Aberdeen

Date: Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th December 2016
Time: Friday – 11.00am – 7.00pm (Late night shopping event)

Saturday – 10.00am – 5.00pm  Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm

Description: Join us for Etsy Made Local this Christmas!

Popping-up in the site of the old Foyer restaurant over three days, the very first Aberdeen EML Market promises to be a fun alternative to the traditional Christmas shopping experience.

Buy direct from local Etsy designers, makers and vintage collectors. Meet the people behind the product and look locally for this year’s Christmas gifting!

 It’s the perfect opportunity to find unique, affordable and meaningful gifts in the lead up to Christmas. Pop in for a mince pie and meet some lovely local creatives! 🙂

Website: https://www.facebook.com/AberdeenEtsyTeam/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/212735675814455/

Christmas Fayre and Santa’s Grotto!

Where: The Gordon Highlanders Museum, St. Luke’s, Viewfield Road, Aberdeen AB15 7XH

Date: Saturday 3rd December 2016
Time: 10.00am – 4.30pm

Price: Free entry to the Christmas Fayre, Santa’s grotto £7 per child.

Booking for Santa’s Grotto is essential: To book your session please contact alice.walton@gordonhighlanders.com and provide your name, the names and ages of your child or children, and the number of accompanying adults. Alternatively you can telephone 01224 498926.

There are various time slots throughout the day suitable for individuals or family groups. The first opportunity to meet Santa will be at 10am and the last will be at 4.20pm. We ask that you propose an approximate time of your preference and we will try to accommodate this as far as possible.

Description: This December Santa Claus will be taking time out of his busy duties to visit The Gordon Highlanders Museum!

Meet Santa Claus in our Christmas Grotto and tell him all about what you are hoping for this Christmas.

While you wait to meet Santa you can take part in a range of Christmassy crafts including decoration making, colouring, and letter writing ready for Santa. There is something for adults too as the Museum’s annual Christmas Fayre will be free to enter and enjoy in the Museum’s popular conference room.

A range of stall holders will be there with unique Christmas gifts for all the family. The items on display are set to include; handmade wreaths, knitted figures, skincare products, unique picture frames, candle holders, jewellery, scarves, original pieces of art and much more. And that’s not all!

The Museum’s Duchess Jean Tea Room (currently a finalist for an Evening Express Retailers Award 2016) will be open and ready to serve you a range of delicious sweet and lunch options. Finally, for history lovers the Museum’s main exhibition room and armoury will be open and free to take a look around. Free parking is available on site.

Website: http://www.gordonhighlanders.com/Diary-of-Events?item=151&offset=#.WEAbdtKLSCg

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/342179336141628/

Delgatie Castle Victorian Christmas

Where: Delgatie Castle, Turriff, Aberdeenshire

Date: Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th November & Saturday 3rd – 4th December 2016
Time: From 10.00am

Price: £5 per person entry, admission for children includes their visit and gift from Santa.

Description: Join us for our Annual Christmas event here at Delgatie Castle. Santa is here for the kids, lots of wonderful crafts for sale including some old favourites and some brand new stalls.

Our Laird’s tearoom will also be open serving Christmas fayre. We look forward to giving all our visitors a very warm and festive welcome.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/DelgatieCastle

Crathes Christmas Wonderland!

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

Date: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December 2016
Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Price: Adult: £7.00, Child: £ 5.00 Family: £ 22.50, Concession: £6.00

Description: Find out if you have been naughty or nice at Crathes Christmas Wonderland.

Visit Crathes this Christmas and experience the Castle transformed into Santa’s workshop, see Santa and his reindeer on parade, pop into Mrs Claus’ Christmas Kitchen and try your hand at Christmas skittles on the croquet lawn. We’re hosting our very own Christmas party in The Horsemill and we’d like you to come!

Parades at 12.30pm & 2.30pm Owls in Horsemill 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Website: http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Crathes-Castle-Garden-and-Estate/Events/#

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/292218111146675/

Christmas Past & Present

Where: Fyvie Castle

Date: Saturday 3rd December 2016
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Description: Christmas past and present at Fyvie castle. Pay a visit to Santa in the billiard room by the cosy log fire, write your wish lists and post them in the special Fyvie Castle post box.

Come along and enjoy our annual Christmas Fair at Fyvie Castle. The Fyvie Community Choir will be entertaining in the music gallery with seasonal songs for all to join in! You can visit Santa in the Billiard room and write your letters and post them in the special Fyvie Castle post box, Santa will have a small gift for each child.

There will also be a craft fair and gift stands in the racquets court. Bacon Rolls will be served in our Victorian Kitchen tearoom from 10.00am – winter soup & sandwich lunches from 12.00pm – or treat yourself to a festive home bake from our selection of fresh made scones and cakes.

Website: http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Fyvie-Castle/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/625512870964492/

Kids Christmas Bushcraft

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

Date: Saturday 3rd December 2016
Time: 11.00am – 2.00pm

Price: £2 per child (some activities may have an additional charge)

Description: Join us for some seasonal outdoor fun – learn basic skills and use them to make Christmassy crafts and creations from natural materials. Weather permitting we’ll also be at the outdoor campsite where you can learn some basic camping and bushcraft skills.

Drop-in event, booking not required. Some activities may involve use of hand tools, saws and open fires and will not be suitable for very young children.

Website: http://visithaddo.com/events/46/576-Go-Wild-In-The-Woods-Kids-Christmas-Bushcraft/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/592856327583804/

Busy Beasties Aberdeen City

Where: Mercure Aberdeen Caledonian Hotel, 10-14 Union Terrace, AB10 1WE

Date: Saturday 3rd December 2016
Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm

Price: £2 per adult, Under 12’s free

Description: Lots of local stalls. Free craft activities. Lots of Christmas cheer.

Meet Angus the bull and other VIPs. Face paints, Glitter tattoos, Raffles and tombolas, Bouncy castle and much more.

Come along and support your local businesses and charities. Supporting Absafe and AFCCT

Website: https://www.facebook.com/BusyBeasties/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1055003504534891/

Torphins Christmas Market

Where: Platform 22, 22 Station Road, Torphins AB31 4JF

Date: Saturday 3rd December 2016
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Description: With 20 stalls promising a jolly mix of local businesses, art work, crafts, new enterprises, fundraising stalls and lots of family fun with festive cheer! The Sandpiper Trust has been in touch with Santa! 😉 He will be here from 11am to 12pm and again from 1pm to 2pm.

Cooking their amazing mouth watering seasonal fayre will be The Deesidedly Tasty Company, along side our very own 22 Bake and Brew beer tent!!!We are also being entertained by the talented village community choir Notes from Torphins with seasonal classics and festive songs!

Website: https://www.facebook.com/TorphinsMarket/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1160321957391556/

Castleton Christmas Market

Where: Castleton Farm Shop & Cafe, Laurencekirk AB30 1JX

Date: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December 2016
Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm

Description: Come along to Castleton Christmas Market!

Hot Pulled Turkey Rolls, Hot Chocolate, Mulled Wine, Freshly Made Crepes & Mince Pies, Craft Stalls, Christmas Decs Stalls, Bouncy Castle, Santas Workshop, Meet Santa

Website: https://www.facebook.com/CastletonFarmShopandCafe/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/758000071006234/

Christmas Fayre – Kincorth

Where: Kincorth Community Centre, Aberdeen AB12 5NA

Date: Saturday 3rd December 2016
Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm

Description: Various Stalls, Raffles, Hot Food & Drinks

Website: http://www.kincorthcc.co.uk/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1587749454869212/

Santa Sundays

Where: Ardoe House Hotel and Spa

Date: Sunday 4th December 2016
Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Price: Sunday Lunch – £22 per Adult,  £15 per Child aged 2-12, Under 2’s £5

Afternoon Tea – £20 per Adult, £12 per Child aged 2-12, Under 2’s £5

Advance booking required

Description: Fun for all the family, join us on Sundays throughout December with a festive twist. A visit to Santa’s grotto, a gift for every child and excellent children’s entertainment throughout the afternoon.


To book your places, a booking form will need to be completed and returned along with full prepayment which is non-refundable.To book or for more information please contact the events team on 01224860642 or h6626-sb1@accor.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Ardoe-House-Hotel-and-Spa-601891509821254/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/164098517370523/

LoveLocal Christmas Market

Where: Lochter Activity Centre, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire AB51 0DZ

Date: Sunday 4th December 2016
Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm


Description: Christmas Shopping Market – Local Traders and Makers Onsite Cafe with Coffees, Cakes and Carvery!

Website: http://www.lovelocalevents.com/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/160656424390705/

Christmas Fair

Where: Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, AB42 5FQ

Date: Sunday 4th December 2016
Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm

Price: Free Event, Santa’s Grotto £5

Description: If you are looking for stocking fillers or that special gift for that hard to buy for person then why not come along to the Christmas Fair in Aden Country Park.

Not only will there be a fantastic range of local crafters and producers, but there will also be Santa’s grotto, face painting and traditional Christmas music from the Aurora Choir.

Website: http://www.adencountrypark.org.uk/eventslisting/238-christmas-fair-at-aden-country-park

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1242564832480583/

Santa Specials – 4th December 2016

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

Date: Sunday 4th December 2016
Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm

Price: Santa Special Ticket Prices

Adult : (10 years & over)  £7.00 – includes a train ride, a hot mince pie and a drink

Child (1 – 9 years inclusive) : £9.50 – includes a present, biscuit, drink and train ride

Description: Santa’s on the train! 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.

This year he will again be handing out presents to the children in the coaches during the train ride from the Milton station.

Website: http://www.deeside-railway.co.uk/santax.html

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1196132577105552/

Christmas Fayre – Portlethen

Where: Bourtree Hall, Portlethen, Aberdeenshire AB12 4

Date: Sunday 4th December 2016
Time: 10.00pm – 12.00pm

Price: Entry Adult – £2.00, Child – FREE, Santa’s Grotto – £3 (includes gift)



Word has it that Santa will be arriving at his grotto at 10am to say…. Hello!!

Website: https://www.facebook.com/BourtreePreSchoolParentsPage/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1694858930830159/

Turriff Pre School Playgroup Christmas Fayre

Where: Baden Powel Centre, Turriff, Aberdeenshire AB53 4

Date: Sunday 4th December 2016
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Price: Adults £3 and children £1, this will include entry, your tea or coffee and the child’s visit to Santa.

Description: It’s that time of year again! Come along to our Christmas fayre and support Turriff Pre-school Playgroup.

We will have several stalls from make up to books and crafts. Chase & Skye from Paw Patrol will also be making an appearance and Santa will be in his grotto too and Creation Station will be there to make crafty things with the children.

We’ll have teas & coffees, a homebakes stall, lucky dips and a raffle also! Tailor Tough will be there to take photos of your children which would make a fine present for family or friends! Please come along and show your support!

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Turriff-Pre-School-Playgroup-521034708042681/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/354185214928688/

Ranger Event: Nature Nippers: Christmas Trees

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

Date: Tuesday 6th December 2016
Time: 11.00pm – 12.00pm

Price: £4.00 per child per session

Description: Nature Nippers activities club for children aged 5 and under.

First Tuesday of the month 11.00am – 12.00pm. £4.00 per child per session or all six sessions for £20. Meet outside the café Children must be accompanied by an adult.

We will be outside so remember wellies and warm waterproof clothing. Booking essential.

Website: http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Crathes-Castle-Garden-and-Estate/Events

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

Where: AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen AB23 8BL

Date: Wednesday 7th – Sunday 11th December 2016
Time: Wed 7th Dec – 6:30pm, Thurs 8th Dec – 6:30pm, Fri 9th Dec – 6:30pm,

Sat 10th Dec – 10:30am, 2:30pm & 6:30pm, Sun 11th Dec – 10:30am & 2:30pm

Price: From £20.35

Description: Disney on Ice will be returning to AECC’s GE Oil & Gas Arena for eight special shows from Wednesday 7th December to Sunday 11th December!

Tickets are on sale from www.ticketmaster.co.uk/AECC or 08444 77 9000

Enter a wintry wonderland when Disney On Ice presents Frozen – now a full-length spectacular live on ice! Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven, on a journey to discover love is the most magical power of all. Dazzling effects, astonishing skating and special appearances by favourite Disney stars combine to create memories to last a lifetime. Experience the Full Story – Live on Ice!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/123242994751552/

Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Bon Accord

Where: Bon Accord Shopping Centre, George Street, Aberdeen AB25 1HZ

Date: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December 2016

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Price: Entry £4.50 which includes a free gift and all proceeds go to Clan Cancer Support

Description: It’s time for excitement. It’s time for enchantment. It’s time…to meet Santa

The magic of Christmas is to be brought to life in Santa’s Winter Wonderland. There will be snow and magic all around and children of all ages are invited to come on down and soak up the sparkle.

Santa and his magical Winter Wonderland, will be based in the upper mall at the Bon Accord Centre.

Website: visit http://www.bonaccordandstnicholas.com/whats-on-in-aberdeen/422-santa-visits-the-centre for full details of dates

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/370206386652156/

Santa’s Post Office

Where: Aberdeen Trinity Centre, 155 Union Street, Aberdeen AB11 6BE

Date: Saturday 19th November 2016
Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm

Price: Free

Description: An enchanting Santa’s Post Office where friendly elves help children write and send their Christmas wish list is set to open and bring some Christmas magic to The Trinity Centre and its shoppers – aimed at children, families and the young at heart.

A team of Christmas elves will be busy at work every weekend from Saturday 19th November until Christmas Eve, including the 23rd and 24th of December. With the help of Santa’s elves, we’re inviting children to write their Christmas wish list and post their letters through a magical post box and watch as it travels all the way to Santa in Lapland – we reckon it will be the perfect place to make some special memories this Christmas.

The post office will be open every weekend from 19th November from 11.00am – 4.00pm and is 100% FREE to participate. Please feel free to share your magical experiences with us via the hashtag #TrinityXmas.

Website: http://www.trinityaberdeen.co.uk/events-and-news/something-magical-heading-this-way

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/447694008739066/

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

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