What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire | 1st – 7th 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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Etsy Made Local – Aberdeen 

Organiser: Aberdeen Etsy Team

Where: St Nicholas Mall, The Bon Accord Centre

Date:  Thursday 29th November – Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time:  05:00PM-05:00PM

Description: Join us for Etsy Made Local this Christmas!

Popping-up in the St Nicolas Centre over four days, the third annual Etsy Made Local 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!

Etsy Made Local is a national initiative celebrating the crafters, collectors and artisans in local communities across the UK.

After our amazing 2016 & 17 markets, we are so excited to bring this fantastic national event back to Aberdeen for a third time. Our biggest fair yet – it’s going to be HUGE – and full to bursting with amazing local talent.

Once again we are working with Look Again/RGU who helped us secure this fantastic space in the city centre for Christmas. We are so grateful for their continued support. And a big thank you to the Bon Accord Centre for accommodating us for a second time.

We kick off with our launch party on Thursday 29th November –  a late night shopping event with the coolest vibes – DJs, complementary mulled wine and mince pies – the absolute best way to do your Christmas shopping!

See you there!

Aberdeen Etsy Team

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1124514187697241/

Ferryhill Kids – Friday Fun! 

Organiser: Kids at Ferryhill Baby and Toddler Groups

Where: Ferryhill Parish Church, Fonthill Road, AB116UD, Aberdeen

Date:  Friday 30th November 2018
Time: 09:30AM-11:15AM

Description: Friday Fun is for toddlers to pre-school.  It’s a volunteer-led group so please come along, help set up and chat to other parents/carers.  Babies are welcome too, just ask for some of the baby toys/equipment.

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/528889630872926/?event_time_id=528889660872923

Messy Play Sessions – Cove 

Organiser: Messy Moments

Where: Altens Community Centre, Strathburn Street,Aberdeen AB12 3SE

Date:  Friday 30th November 2018
Time:  10:00AM-11:00AM

Description: Come join in the messy fun! Spaghetti, jelly, rice, ice cream and lots more.

Please arrive 15 minutes early for sign in. We hope to see you soon
£5.50 per child / £3.50 per sibling/friend when booked with a full paying child, per session. Only £30/£50 when booking all 6 sessions.

Book via emailing fun@messymoments.co.uk.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1694392633977581/?event_time_id=1694392657310912

Fyvie Castle Christmas Festival 

Organiser: Exclusively Highlands & Fyvie Castle

Where: Fyvie Castle,Turriff,  AB53 8JS

Date:  Friday 30th November – Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time:  10:00AM-04:00PM

Description: Our fabulous Christmas Festival is being held at the˜fairy tale Fyvie Castle.  Over three days Fyvie Castle will be transformed into  a festive treat for all and will include the finest array of Art, Craft and Food together with a traditional wandering carol singer and festive (but non alcoholic) mulled wine.
The perfect setting for Father Christmas will of course be in front of the fire in the Billiards room.  The Castle will be overflowing with festive goods in every room and the racquet court brimming over with festive fare for all.  Beautiful handcrafted jewellery, exquisite glass figurines, glass, fine photography, historic pens, textiles, horncraft, ceramics, skincare, felted animals and artefacts, sculptures and stained glass ware.  Our food court will be filled with festive confectionary, cheeses, belgian and scottish chocolates, mouthwatering preserves, sumptuous cakes and patisseries, seafoods and charcuterie, local beer & gin. Admission is £4

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/222358225073500/

Auchenblae Christmas Market

Organiser: Auchenblae Pre-School Group

Where: Auchenblae Village Hall, Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire AB30 1WQ

Date:  Friday 30th November 2018
Time:  06:30PM-08:30PM

Description: The Auchenblae Pre-School Group is delighted to welcome everyone to our annual Christmas Market.

Once again we will be showcasing the amazing talents of local crafts people and giving you a fantastic opportunity to make your Christmas shopping that bit easier.

Come along and find some amazing gifts whilst supporting local small businesses. A mulled wine and a mince pie with every admission!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/267789540680699/

Victorian Christmas Event 2018 

Organiser: Delgatie Castle

Where: Delgatie Castle, Turriff, AB53 5TD

Date:  Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time:  10:00AM-04:00PM

Description: We are so thrilled to be back again with our annual Victorian Christmas Event.  We have been running this event at Delgatie for over 20 years and we are the original, biggest and best event in the area.  There will be amazing decorations, crafts for sale and of course Santa will be visiting with presents for the children.  Make sure you don’t miss out and get the dates in your diary now!

No need to book in advance, admission is £5 per head payable on arrival.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/256520471848145/

Christmas Fair – Orchard Brae

Organiser: Friends of Orchard Brae/Orchard Brae Connect

Where: Friends of Orchard Brae/Orchard Brae Connect, Howes Road, AB16 7RW Aberdeen

Date:  Saturday 1st December 2018
Time:  10:00AM-01:00PM

Description: Christmas Fair

10am – 1pm at Orchard Brae School

All Welcome – Adults £1 / Children 50p  (includes light refreshments)

Lots of class stalls, favourite school stalls including chocolate tombola, tomobola/bottle stall, homebakes, various local craft/stall holders and more…

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/641889666179157/

Christmas Fayre & Santa’s Grotto 

Organiser: The Ritchie Hall

Where: Ritchie Hall, Strichen, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire  

Date:  Saturday 1st December 2018
Time:  10:00AM-02:00PM

Description: Strichen Gala Committee and Strichen Playgroup are holding their Annual Christmas Fayre & Santa’s Grotto on Saturday 1st December 2018 from 10 – 2.00pm.

Come along and browse around over 30 stalls with a wide variety of gifts, fresh produce, wreaths, floral art, jewellery, sweets, handcrafted goods, handmade cards, scarves, bags, cosmetics and lots lots more. More details will follow but in the meantime pop the date in your diary.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/644741745920513/

Santa’s Grotto at Bon Accord 

Organiser: Bon Accord Aberdeen

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

Date: Every Weekend from 17th November & Weekdays 17th – 25th December 208
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 Fayre 2018 

Organiser: Danestone Primary Parent Council

Where: Danestone Primary School  

Date:  Saturday 1st December 2018
Time:  10:00AM-01:00PM

Description: Fun for the whole family!

Santa’s Grotto, Bottle/Chocolate Stall, Gift Stalls, Home Baking, Glitter Tattoos & Face Painting, Games and much more!

Entry: Adults £2 Children £1 Under 3s Free

Entry includes free refreshments and rowie or mince pie!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/303436187098943/

Santa’s Grotto 2018 

Organiser: Kelpie Cafe

Where: Banff Castle, Banff, Aberdeenshire AB45 1

Date: Saturday 1st-Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time: 10:00AM-03:00PM

Description: Our annual weekend Grotto will be running 1st & 2nd of December from 10am till 3.00PM both days,

This year marks our 5th year!! Previously we’ve seen different themes of Traditional Christmas, Frozen, Peter Pan & Narnia.

Once Again this year Banff Day Services have special guests involved – Banff Primary will be lending a hand to help decorate our magical world of Christmas.

Let the magic of Christmas Begin.

Ticket avalible to buy at The Kelpie Cafe, make sure you get there sooner rather then later as they don’t last long.

Tickets are £5 per child.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/317640125456788/

Christmas Celebrations 

Organiser: Loopty Lou’s Soft Play Centre

Where: Loopty Lou’s Soft Play Centre, Unit 12, Buchan Braes, Station Avenue, Boddam, Aberdeenshire AB42 3AR

Date: Saturday 1st December 2018
Time:  10:00AM-03:30PM

Description: You choose either

Breakfast with Santa and his singing elves


Party with Beauty and Spider-man in our alternative Christmas party although Santa will be making an appearance

Love Rara will be at both parties to entertain, sing and play games with you whilst you are served your breakfast or lunch. .

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/547662768991414/

Baby’s 1st Christmas Party Aberdeen Arts Centre And Newtonhill 

Organiser: Baby Sensory Aberdeen South

Where: Aberdeen Arts Centre, AB24 2 Aberdeen

Date: Saturday 1st December 2018
Time:  10:00AM-04:00PM

Description: Come along and join us for a Magical Christmas Party.  Jingle Bells, Snowmen, Puppet Show, Snow, Dancing, Singing, Signing, Bubbles and of course our fabulous photo booth so that you can capture your amazing memories to keep forever.  Every baby will get a gift and of course there will be plenty of chocolate for the adults!  Please click on book now to see the full availability in Aberdeen Arts Centre and The Bettridge Centre Newtonhill.  Siblings and family are all welcome at no extra charge.  Book quickly once they are full they are full!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1953063018170810/

Christmas Slime – Alford 

Organiser: Splat Messy Play Aberdeen & Shire

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

Date:  Saturday 1st December 2018
Time: 10:30AM-11:30AM

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/

Santa Specials – Saturday 1st December 2018 

Organiser: Milton of Crathes Station

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

Date:  Saturday 1st 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/2227526104134267/

December AMoC Event

Organiser: Aberdeen Ministry of Crafts

Where: The Coffee House, 1 Gaelic Lane, AB10 1JF Aberdeen

Date:  Saturday 1st December 2018
Time: 11:00AM-04:00PM

Description: We are a FREE entry event held on first Saturday of the month upstairs in The Coffee House, Aberdeen, AB10 1JF, just round the corner from Belmont Street. Our monthly indoor arts & crafts market has over 20 stalls. Discover unique design led handmade products sold directly by the makers. It is a friendly and relaxed market and showcases an eclectic mix of artists and makers from the local area and with new makers and crafters every month, there will always be something new to see.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/401087193741956/

Disney’s Winter Wonderland

Organiser: The Different Not Less Foundation

Where: The Deveronside – Banff, Tannery Street, AB45 1EQ Banff, Aberdeenshire   

Date:  Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time:  11:00AM-04:00PM

Description: Join us again for our Disney Winter Wonderland themed fun day.

As well as meeting and interacting with so of Disney’s Characters, we will also have so Avengers along to keep everyone safe. (We will have different characters from the Disney Dream’s fun day).

We will also have a professional photographer to take some snaps of you with your favourite characters.

Facepainting, balloon modelling, softplay, candy floss, popcorn, slush puppies, sweets.

And a Disney Disco.

We will have two times again dependant on how popular. 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.

Tickets will be £10 per child and an additional £2 per adult.

Tickets can be reserved now. Please comment on this event page.

We hope you can make it along

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1882994388659595/

Midmill’s Family Christmas Fayre 

Organiser: Midmill School Parent Council

Where: Midmill Primary School, Kintore, Aberdeenshire

Date:  Saturday 1st December 2018
Time:  11:00AM-02:00PM

Description: We would like to invite everyone to Midmill School’s first ever Family Christmas Fayre on Saturday 1st December from 11am – 3pm.

Tickets cost £3 for adults, which includes a free hot chocolate on arrival and kids go free!

What to expect on the day;

 Lots of festive shopping

 Crafts area for kids to enjoy

Santa’s Grotto

Face Painting & Glitter Tattoos

Bouncy Castle

 Christmas Raffle

The Flaming Pizza guys are bringing their Pizza van to help fill everyone’s tummies along with  The Vintage Koffiecabine who will satisfy your sweet tooth with their desserts and yummy coffees.

Lots more still to be announced.

Stall holders – please get in touch if you would like to come along on the day.

Tables cost £10 plus a small raffle donation.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/163218737919139/

Meethill school Christmas fair and Santa’s grotto 

Organiser: Meethill School Parent Council

Where: Meethill Primary School, AB42 2BF Peterhead, Aberdeenshire

Date:  Saturday 1st December 2018
Time: 11:00AM-03:00PM

Description: Huge selection of local crafters, games stalls, crafts for the kids, tea and coffee and lots more

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/114701472739927/

Artie’s Tartan Tales 

Organiser: Whitehills Public Hall

Where: Whitehills, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom   

Date: Saturday 1st December 2018
Time:  11:00AM-01:00PM

Description: After a great afternoon in March we have booked Artie again!!

The Singing Kettles creator and former star, Artie Trezise, is back with his exciting storytelling production, Tartan Tales. Traditional stories and songs with a Scottish accent. He weaves Singing Kettle favourites with classical material.

Action packed, enthralling and interactive. The kids are involved throughout and become story tellers themselves by the end of the show. Lots of joining in and singing for children and adults alike.

Whitehills Public Hall, Reidhaven Street, Whitehills, Aberdeenshire. AB45 2NJ.

TICKETS £6 (child under 12mths Free)

*Children must be accompanied by an adult

Can pay on the door

Raffle will be available.

Message directly to the page for tickets – ON SALE NOW!!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/260850044536319/

Christmas Pop-up Shop 

Organiser: The Gallery at Kemnay House

Where: Kemnay House

Date:  Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time:  11:00AM-04:00PM

Description: The Gallery will be open, selling quality art and crafts by Letitia Smith-Burnett, Alice Harman, Nikki Monaghan, Lucy Brydon, Moira Ritchie, Suzanne Brownrigg and Min Fletcher-Jones.  Refreshments also available. Come along and find unique gifts made in Scotland. We look forward to welcoming you.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/350095725743846/

Christmas Pony Grooming 

Organiser: World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm

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

Date:  Saturday 1st 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’s Grotto 

Organiser: Clare Barraclough

Where: Torphins Playgroup Pre-School, St Marnan Road, Torphins, Aberdeenshire AB31 4JQ

Date:  Saturday 1st December 2018
Time:  12:00PM-04:00PM

Description: Santa’s making a special visit to playgroup on Saturday 1st December!

Enjoy and afternoon of Christmas crafts, festive drinks and tasty treats to get you fully into the festive spirit.

All ages welcome.

All donations and proceeds go directly to Torphins Playgroup.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/238423417032218/

Kids Giant Advent Calendar

Organiser: Mains Of Scotstown Inn

Where: Mains Of Scotstown Inn, Jesmond Square, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB22 8WT

Date:  Saturday 1st December 2018
Time:  12:00PM-07:00PM

Description: Competition Time

Last year we ran a competition for the children, where we gave away over £600 worth of toys. This year we will be doing the same again!

You have to be in it to win it!

Competition opens for entries on the 20/11/2018

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1021177528064886/

Turriff Winter Wonderland 2018 

Organiser: Turriff Winter Wonderland

Where: The Den, Turriff, Aberdeenshire   

Date:  Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd  December 2018
Time: 12:00PM-05:00PM

Description: FREE ENTRY

Saturday 1st December:

Ice rink open from 12 noon until 8:30pm

Lights, stalls and performers from 4pm – 8pm

Festive lit woodland with Art displays from local children

Ice rink
Santa’s grotto

Santa’s reindeer

Bouncy castles

In our marquee, Deveron FM and Local performers of all ages

Modo fire performers

Festive mascots

Lots of tasty catering vans

In St Andrews Church hall, stalls full of arts, crafts and yummy treats

Sunday 2nd December:

 Ice rink open from 11am-5pm


Ice rink: £3 per person or family ticket for £10

4 people in a family ticket: 2 or 3 children accompanied by either 1 or 2 adults.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/361627437910943/

Old Rayne Christmas Fair 2018

Organiser: Lesley Royan

Where: Lawrence Road, Insch, Aberdeenshire AB52 6

Date:  Saturday 1st December 2018
Time:  01:00PM-04:00PM

Description: **** OLD RAYNE CHRISTMAS FAIR ****

Lots to do for all the family! FREE ENTRY

Variety of Local Craft Stalls

Children’s Arts & Crafts

Games for Adults & Children

Face Painting

Bottle Tombola

Chocolate Tombola

Teas & Coffee’s served with Homebakes

Raffles with some fantastic prizes

Local Playgroup will have a stall selling reindeer dust made by the children

Carol singing by the local children

Visit from Santa followed by our very own Strathorn Horse Carriage Rides where the you can have a trip round the village.

At 4pm there will be a walk down to our Village Christmas Tree where there will be mulled wine for the Village Christmas Tree Light Turn on

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/704501236582814/

Jack and the Beanstalk – Pantomime 2018 at Aberdeen Arts Centre 

Organiser: Aberdeen Arts Centre

Where: Aberdeen Arts Centre, 33 King Street, AB24 5AA Aberdeen

Date: Saturday 1st – Monday 31st December 2018
Time: 02:00PM-05:00PM


Fe-Fie-Fo-Fum – A Family Panto Full of Fun!

This Christmas, join Jack and Ma Mackie with their coo Mucklemoo and a host of other colourful characters in this homegrown Panto extravaganza.

Bursting with great songs, dance, plenty of laughs, and bundles of audience participation come help Jack on this heartwarming adventure to overcome the dastardly Donald Turnip and reclaim ownership of Abergreen.

Brought to you by Aberdeen based Ten Feet Tall, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK features ingredients to charm audiences of all ages and promises plenty of festive cheer this December.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/320737368677477/

Afternoon Christmas Tea Party 

Organiser: Emily Morrison’s Borneo Fundraising

Where: Kemnay Village Hall, 8 Aquithie Rd, AB51 5SS Kemnay   

Date: Saturday 1st December 2018
Time:  02:00PM-05:00PM

Description: Afternoon tea with cakes, sandwiches and savouries, a bottle of Prosecco each and entertainment by JD sings. Tickets cost £20

Raffle prizes on the day;

First Prize- an overnight stay at Ardoe House, Second Prize – a pamper hamper.

And various other prizes.

Raffle tickets can be bought prior to the event.

Afternoon tea tickets must be bought before the event and are available to buy now. These can be bought through the Borneo fundraising page.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/242800886586525/

Christmas Shopping Evening 

Organiser: Messy Moments

Where: Altens Community Centre, Strathburn Street, Aberdeen AB12 3SE

Date: Saturday 1st December 2018
Time:  04:00PM-08:00PM

Description: Messy Moments – Christmas Shopping Evening

Saturday 1st of December from 4pm-8pm. Our event, where you can come along, look and buy from local businesses at their stalls within our Christmas Shopping Evening.

Free entry! Only pay for what you would like to do and buy We shall keep you updated on this event page with the stall holders who will be attending on the evening.

Stalls for both children’s and adults gifts, raffle in aid of Eileidh Rose Puddles Project SCIO We look forward to seeing you all there!

Messy Moments

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/234808264043432/

Community Gingerbread Winter Wonderland 

Organiser: Beachside Coffee Shop

Where: Beachside Coffee Shop, Eigie Road (Balmedie Leisure Centre), Ab23 8Y Balmedie 

Date:  Saturday 1st December 2018
Time:  06:00PM-08:00PM

Description: Balmedie leisure centre and Belhelvie church would like to invite you to join us in celebrating christmas and raising money for north sound 1’s cash for kids.

Bring along your decorated gingerbread house (homemade or preprepared) between 12pm & 2pm and we will create a winter wonderland to showcase your creations.

Group entries welcome. Doors reopen at 6pm for carols, refreshments and community spirit.

A donation of £1 required per entry

All donations going to cash for kids.

Free tea,coffee, juice and biscuits available on the night.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/262344781140388/

Ellon Pantomime 

Where: The Ellon kirk centre, Station Road, AB41 9 Ellon, Aberdeenshire

Date:  Saturday 1st – Tuesday 4th December 2018
Time:  09:00PM-00:00AM

Description: Annual local pantomime, Aladdin. 5 performances.  Follow Ellon Pantomime Group Facebook page for more information.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1957691754542489/

Santa Specials – Sunday 2nd December 2018 

Organiser: Milton of Crathes Station

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

Date: Sunday 2nd 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/2293437054223629/

Christmas Movie Afternoon 

Organiser: Mains Of Scotstown Inn

Where: Mains Of Scotstown Inn, Jesmond Square, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB22 8WT   

Date:  Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time: 12:00PM-02:00PM

Description: Sit down relax for lunch and let the kids watch a movie..

3 time slots available. Tickets available from the 15th November.

FREE Movie admission

FREE Hot Dog

FREE Slush Drink

FREE Pick & Mix

Noon – Polar Express

2.30pm – Elf  **Filling Fast**

5pm – The Grinch  **FULL**

Admission by ticket only.

All of our Christmas children’s events are free throughout December. However we welcome a donation to #NorthsoundCashForKids

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1071408629688447/

B.a.country Store Santa’s Grotto 

Organiser: Jemma Brownie

Where: B.A Country Stores., Dunecht Westhill, Westhill, Aberdeenshire   

Date:   Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time: 12:00PM-05:00PM

Description: Come along to see Santa Clause in his grotto, fun for all the family.  He arrives by helicopter on the:

2nd of Dec at 12pm-5pm

he will then be in his grotto from the:

3rd-23rd of Dec 10am-5pm

24th Dec 10am-4pm

Tickets can be purchased on the day at the grotto till at the left hand side of the counter.


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/502471516931823/

Me Too! Christmas Fayre

 Organiser: Me Too Sc045895

Where: Jurys Inn Aberdeen, Union Square, Guild St, Aberdeen AB11 6GR 

Date:  Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time: 01:00PM-05:00PM

Description: We are excited to announce the Me Too! Christmas Fayre!

The Fayre will he held at Jury’s Inn, Union Square on Sunday 2nd December and we’d love to see you there!

If you’d like a stall at this event then please email events@metoomagazine.org

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/194148651249459/

Breakfast / Afternoon Tea with Santa 

Organiser: Macdonald Pittodrie House

Where: Macdonald Pittodrie House, Chapel of Garioch, AB51 5HS Inverurie, Aberdeenshire    

Date: Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time:  02:00PM-05:00PM

Description: Breakfast or Afternoon Tea with Santa

Sundays 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd December 2018

£20.00 per adult

£14.00 3 -12 years

£7.00 under 3’s

Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast or afternoon tea in our ballroom before heading to the grotto to meet Santa, all children will receive a gift.

£20.00 for adults £14.00 3-12 years under 3s £7.00. Full Prepayment required to book. Call 01467 622 437 to book. Booking is essential.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/446726699168338/

Newburgh Preschool Christmas Fayre 

Organiser: Linda Rae

Where: Newburgh village hall 

Date:  Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time:  02:00PM-04:00PM

Description: Newburgh Preschool would like to invite you to our Christmas Fayre on Sunday 2nd December at Newburgh Village Hall


Adults Free

Children £1 (includes visit to Santa & Selection Box)

The following stalls will be attending:

Bakeology with Matt

Swan Creations

Buttercups & Bluebells

Aromatherapy Thyme

Happy Face Designs

Bows by Lou

Tropics & No 10 Beauty by Amy

Gizzy Rascals

Serenity Jewellery

There will also be a Raffle on the day

Bottle Stall

Kids Tombola (toys & sweets)

Christmas Tattoos

Kids lucky dip

Lucky Square for a chance to win a LOL Doll House

Raffle for a box of prosecco

And of course don’t forget the refreshments Tea Coffee Mince Pie & Shortbread

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1985907701489130/

Pitmedden Festive Fireworks 

Organiser: Udny Community Trust Company Ltd

Where: Surgery Carpark   

Date:  Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time:  03:30PM-04:30PM

Description: Pitmedden Festive Fireworks.  Ellon and District Pipe Band.  DJ Ray.  Santa and his helpers.  Christmas Goody Bags.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/179652986246060/

Daviot Xmas Light Switch on 

Organiser: Nicola Currie

Where: Daviot Village Hall, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire   

Date: Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time: 04:00PM-06:00PM

Description: Daviot Xmas Light Swich On. We have a fantastic evening for all the family planned. With Santa’s grotto, Mulled Wine, Fun stalls and games, Fireworks and soooo much more. keep an eye for regular updates.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1085788188271188/

Light UP Garioch 2018 

Organiser: Light UP Children’s Charity

Where: In the garden behind Lil’ C’s, The Blue Roof and Daisy Tree 

Date:  Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time:  04:00PM-06:00PM

Description: Come and have some festive fun! We will have lanterns for children to hang on the tree, Christmas wishes to write, hot chocolate to warm even the coldest hands, mulled fruit punch, festive nibbles, carol singing, twinkly lights, lasers, a raffle with some super prizes and this year our very own friendly Rudolph will have his own photo booth to capture a fun photo! All accompanied by the Inverurie Concert Band. A lovely way to start the Christmas season!

All in aid of Light UP Children’s Charity SC069453 who brighten local children’s lives by offering grants to Aberdeenshire’s vulnerable children.

Raffle tickets available in advance from Daisy Tree Baby Boutique. Also available on the afternoon of the event!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/254544235254429/

Village Tree Lights Switch On 

Organiser: Newburgh Gala

Where: Holyrood Chapel, Main Street 

Date: Sunday 2nd December 2018
Time: 04:00PM-07:00PM

Description: Gather your friends and family to join the countdown to the lights switch on and meet Santa!

Then join in the carols and enjoy mince pies and mulled wine.

No entry fee but donations welcomed.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/253850378808060/

Winter Wonderland week! 

Organiser: Splat Messy Play Aberdeen & Shire

Where: Splat Messy Play Aberdeen & Shire

Date:  Monday 3rd December 2018
Time: 10:00AM-11:00AM

Description: It’s December and time for the wooly hats, gloves and hopefully some snow so we can all make a snow man! So this week we will have mainly white and blue colours to play with for creating our winter wonderland theme and we will have penguins polar bears and other animals who enjoy the winter weather and snowflakes to decorate.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/764571727212309/

Nativity Scene 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Council – City Events

Where: Kirk of St Nicholas, Aberdeen 

Date:  Monday 3rd December 2018
Time: 11:00AM-12:00PM

Description: An important reminder of what Christmas is all about. Aberdeen Churches Together will officially bless the crib, and refreshments will be available after the event.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/254759695384095/

Huntly Little OWLS 

Organiser: Outdoor Woodland Learning School CIC – non-profit

Where: Battlehill Wood

 Date:  Monday 3rd 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=112238843034202

Christmas Market 

Organiser: Banff Playgroup & Toddlers

Where: Deveronside Community Social Club,3 Duncan Street, AB45 1EQ Banff, Aberdeenshire

Date:  Monday 3rd December 2018
Time:  06:00PM-09:00PM

Description: Banff Playgroup & Toddlers are holding our annual Christmas Market!

Come along to the Deveronside for a look at the stalls for gift ideas or a treat for yourself!

Tea, Coffee and mince meat pies also available on the day – donation only!

For any local crafters etc who would like a stall please contact us to book your space!!

£10 per stall

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2181669155208808/

Messy Play Sessions – Cove 

Organiser: Messy Moments

Where: Altens Community Centre, Strathburn Street, AB12 3SE Aberdeen   

Date:  Tuesday 4th  December 2018
Time:  01:00PM-02:00PM

Description: Come join in the messy fun! Spaghetti, jelly, rice, ice cream and lots more.

Please arrive 15 minutes early for sign in. We hope to see you soonüòä £5.50 per child / £3.50 per sibling/friend when booked with a full paying child, per session. Only £30/£50 when booking all 6 sessions.

Book via private messaging us or emailing fun@messymoments.co.uk.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1694392633977581/?event_time_id=1694392690644242

Relaxed Santa (ASN Friendly) with Codona’s & Me Too!

Organiser: Me Too  Sc045895

Where: Codonas, Sunset Boulevard, Beach Boulevard, AB24 5ED Aberdeen

Date:  Tuesday 4th  December 2018
Time:  05:00PM-07:00PM

Description: Delighted to be working with Codona’s for our 3rd Relaxed Santa Session – Come and Meet Santa in an accepting and relaxed atmosphere!

For participants with Additional Support Needs predominately, but anyone is welcome who feels they may benefit from a calmer environment.

Session 5-6pm will have all the music and moving figures as usual.

Session 6-7pm will have no music and the figures will be stationary.

Please book the session that you feel will best meet your requirements. If unsure, we advise you book the first session initially and we can move you to the later session if it’s too much.  Smugglers Cove will be open for the duration for some play while you wait so no queues to wait in – Smugglers Cove Family Restaurant will also be open for meals/snacks/coffee and homebakes.


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1886014764767671/

Portlethen Santa Run 2018

Organiser: Portlethen Santa Run

Where: Portlethen

Date:  Tuesday 4th – Thursday 6th December 2018
Time:  05:30PM-08:00PM

Description: Portlethen santa run is back for 2018!

It is again being organised and run by Fishermoss School PSC in association with Portlethen Primary and Hillside Primary. The run will take place on the dates advertised, unless the weather is against us or were short of helpers.

This is for the benefit of all of the community and we will try our best to get round Portlethen on these nights, but bear in mind were all volunteer’s and sometimes things may happen out with our control and we may not get to a certain road!

There will be updates constantly on face-book throughout the run nights keep checking for details.

See Facebook event for listing of the streets covered across the nights.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/317608625636582/

Ferryhill Kids – Babies and Crawlers (Wednesdays) 

Organiser: Kids at Ferryhill Baby and Toddler Groups

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

Date:  Wednesday 5th 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=1767924969959538

Christmas Fayre 

Organiser: Shelagh Watson

Where: Peterhead Central School  

Date:  Thursday 6th December 2018
Time:  05:00PM-08:00PM

Description: Christmas Fayre with Stalls

£10 per stall with donation to School raffle

£5 deposit required to secure your table

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/538461806576115/

Christmas in Chapelton 

Organiser: Chapelton

Where: Hume Square, Stonehaven, AB39 8

Date:  Thursday 6th December 2018
Time:  05:30PM-08:00PM

Description: Join us for an evening of festivities in Chapelton as we spread some seasonal cheer. Starting at Hume Square, we will be switching on Christmas trees, decorated by the children of Newtonhill Primary School, before hosting the town’s very first Christmas fair at Nether Cairnhill Steading. Delicious food and drinks will be on offer including mince pies and a festive tipple, as well as a selection of Christmas crafts for those looking to treat loved ones to an extra special gift.

Christmas is a time for giving back, so all proceeds raised from the event will go towards Pillar Kincardine, a charity dedicated to promoting positive mental health.

Tickets for this event are free but we expect it to be popular so make sure to register your space by emailing events@chapeltonnewtown.co.uk.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/272955840093555/

Christmas Card Making Night 

Organiser: Kids at Ferryhill Baby and Toddler Groups

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

Date: Thursday 6th December 2018
Time:  07:30PM-10:30PM

Description: This is a popular event and tickets go fast.

Save the date now and watch this space for updates and when tickets go on sale.

 Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/704742019905583/

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/

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