What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire | 21st – 27th December 2019


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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Breakfast or Tea with Santa

Organiser: Dobbies Garden Centre

Where: Dobbies Garden Centre, Lang Stracht, Aberdeen AB15 6AX


Date: Friday 20th – Tuesday 24th December 2019

Description: Make it a Christmas to remember and see your little ones eyes light up as they tuck into breakfast or tea with Santa. Our popular family events includes a meal for each child followed by fun activities and a gift from Santa himself. This event is suited to families with children aged 12 years and under. To relax and fully enjoy the experience families will be seated and served at their own table.


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/762569217517081/

CLAN Santa’s Grotto  

Organiser: CLAN Cancer Support

Where: The Den & The Glen  

Date:   Friday 15th November – Tuesday 24th December 2019

Description: Experience the magic this year at the CLAN Santa’s Grotto which returns to the Royal Deeside at Den & the Glen!

The enchanting location transports both adults and children to a truly magical and authentic Christmas wonderland, where professional photos are taken for you to treasure the memories forever.

Opening Times: November 15th – December 8th Friday – Sundays 10am-5pm December 13th – 24th Every day 10am-5pm December 24th 10am-2pm

Ticketing: Available on the door, tickets are £6.45 per child which includes a gift

By visiting the CLAN Grotto you are directly helping us support local people affected by cancer in the North East, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. From everyone at CLAN Cancer Support, we look forward to welcoming you and your family for an unforgettable experience with Santa and his elves.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/744796482646937/

Festive Silent Disco Walking Tour

Organiser: Friends of Anchor

Where: Christmas Village Aberdeen

Description:  IT’S CHRISTMAAAAAAAAS – and what better way to get in the festive mood, than to sing and dance through the Christmas Village with the city’s first festive silent disco walking tour!

This winter, Friends of ANCHOR is the chosen charity of the Christmas Village.

Every weekend, we will be bringing back the old fashioned tradition of carol singing… with a modern twist!

The 30-minute silent disco adventure tour will take place every hour, on the hour, on Fridays from 5pm to 9pm inclusive, Saturdays 2pm to 8pm inclusive and Sundays 1pm to 5pm inclusive.

Gather together your family, friends or workmates and grab one of our headsets to rock around every Christmas tree! Celebrating the festivities in style, you’ll join your tour guide from the famous Silent Adventures – the team who brought you this year’s Edinburgh Fringe silent disco.

Let the tempo build with a half hour of hand-picked festive tunes to get you in the spirit as you dance your way around the Christmas village and the winter wonderland of the Marischal College quad and Square.*

With all profits going directly to Friends of ANCHOR as a local charity, your festive party will also benefit a great cause.

Running from Friday 22nd November to Sunday 22nd December.

Tickets will be available at Aberdeen Christmas Village or can be pre-booked by emailing info@friendsofanchor.org. Email pre-booking will close each Thursday at 12pm for the coming weekend. From then, tickets will be available to purchase on the day, from the Christmas Village bar area.

Ticket prices are, £10 per adult, £7.50 per child (aged 5-12) or £25 for a family of four (two adults and two children).

Unfortunately we cannot control the North-east weather and regret that refunds will not be available if the event is cancelled due to poor weather. If this does happen, your generosity will be treated as a kind donation to the charity.

Please note this attraction is recommended for children over the age of five. Buggies and pushchairs will not be permitted. Babes in arms are welcome.

*access to Marischal Quad only during the venue’s opening hours

We hope to see you there!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/948566888843176/

Aladdin – The Pantomime You Wished For at Aberdeen Arts Centre 

Organiser: Aberdeen Arts Centre

Where: Aberdeen Arts Centre 

Date:  Sunday 1st – Tuesday 24th December 2019

Description: This November, join Aberdeen Arts Centre and professional pantomime company, TaleGate Theatre Productions, for THE panto you wished for!

Follow our hero, Aladdin, and his troublesome Mum, Widow McTwankey, on a journey full of Eastern promise with a sprinkling of Aberdonian-Charm! Will Aladdin beat the evil Abanazar to the magic lamp and win the hand of Princess Jasmine? Find out in what’s sure to be our funniest and most spectacular pantomime ever! Aladdin‚ is packed with songs, slapstick, silliness, audience participation and all the fairytale magic of a traditional pantomime‚ grab your tickets today for this fun-filled panto extravaganza that’s guaranteed to delight the whole family!

Thursday 12th November at 7pm: RELAXED PERFORMANCE & BSL

£18 Standard | £17 Concession | £16 Child

£60 Family Ticket (2 Adults 2 Children)

Discounts for group bookings available. Aberdeen Arts Centre is an inclusive, community-focused arts venue, committed to providing accessible theatre and arts experiences for all. The team at the Arts Centre and TaleGate Theatre Productions are dedicated to sharing some Festive Magic with as many people as possible this November  – if you are an organisation looking to make a group booking, get in touch with us at stephanie.walls@act-aberdeen.org.uk

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2368769660037284/

Snow White – Tivoli Panto 2019 

Organiser: The Tivoli Theatre and Attic Theatre

Where: The Tivoli Theatre 

Date:  Friday 6th– Sunday 22nd December 2019

Description: Once Upon a Time there lived a lovely princess whose skin was white as snow, lips were as red as a rose and hair as black as ebony. Her name was Snow White.

Snow White lived with her step mother who was a beautiful but wicked, vain woman. Every day her stepmother would ask “Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all” and every day the Mirror would answer “You are” until one fateful day when this was no longer true……

Come along to the Tivoli this December for Attic theatre’s fun filled family panto, full of songs, laughter and 7 vertically challenged men. Make sure it’s on your Christmas list!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/406754076744980/

Santa’s Grotto at Bon Accord 

Organiser: Bon Accord Aberdeen

Where: Bon Accord Aberdeen

Date:  Saturday 16th November – Tuesday 24th December 2019

Description: 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 16 Nov and weekdays 16 Dec – Christmas Eve.

A visit is £4.95 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.

Party size is limited to 4 children per pre-booked slot. For larger parties walk-ins are welcome.

Please note that the slot is for one child, for additional children please scroll down to additional admissions.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/541607056669846/

Breakfast With Santa 

Organiser: The Harbour Spring

Where: The Harbour Spring 

Date:  Saturday 21st December 2019
Time:  09:00 – 11:00

Description: Come and join Santa and his elves for breakfast!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/438567553671585/

 Pre-Christmas market 

Organiser: Belmont St Market Aberdeen

Where: Belmont St Market Aberdeen 

Date:  Saturday 21st December 2019
Time:  09:00 – 15:00

Description: Local food and drink as well as crafts

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/745212399192851/

Santa at Crathes Castle 

Organiser: Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Where: Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate 

Date:  Monday 23rd December 2019
Time:  10:00 – 16:00

Description: Add some magic to this Festive Season and make sure to bring your little ones to see Santa in Crathes Castle! The jolly man himself has just confirmed that, together with his helpful elves, he will be returning to Deeside this year bringing gifts and smiles to our youngest visitors. Book your dedicated slot (available half hourly between 10am and 4pm) Remember that Santa only rewards those who stayed off the naughty list! 

Tickets: £6 per child 

For a truly magical experience, why not visit Santa on Christmas Eve itself? See our website for details!


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/541898696601608/

 Breakfast with Santa

 Organiser: Cafe Ahoy

Where: Cafe Ahoy, Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen AB24 5HP 

Date:  Saturday 21st December 2019
Time:  10:00 – 12:00

Description:  Join Santa & his little Elf for a tasty breakfast, some festive cheer & an early Christmas Gift.

Child 10.00 includes breakfast, juice & a gift from Santa

Adult 7.00 includes breakfast & tea or coffee

This event is only available by booking. Email hello@cafeahoy.co.uk

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/692886467878805/

Dine with Santa 

Organiser: Peterhead Stella’s Voice Charity Shop

Where: Peterhead Stella’s Voice Charity Shop 

Date:  Saturday 21st December 2019
Time:  10:00 – 15:00

Description: Book a table for a 30 minute session – breakfast or afternoon tea – with Santa and relax at the very festive Gingerbread Cafe where your child(ren) can eat with you or join Santa’s table after he arrives.

Santa has also convinced the Elves to open their workshop for you and your child(ren) to help out with a few activities.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2711035402457516/

 Fishmas Fun and Diving Santa 

Organiser: Macduff Marine Aquarium

Where: Macduff Marine Aquarium

 Date:  Saturday 21st December 2019
Time:  11:00 – 16:00

Description: Ho ho ho… Santa Claus is surfing into Macduff for his annual visit to feed the fish their Christmas treats.

Come and see Santa swim in his favourite watery winter wonderland on Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th and Saturday 21st December at 2pm and enjoy fishy festive fun in the aquarium each day from 11am until 4pm

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/432028184360458/

 Santa Fun Run – Sat 21st Dec 

Organiser: Run Banchory

Where: Run Banchory 

Date:  Saturday 21st December 2019
Time:  11:00 – 14:00

Description: To celebrate the final Banchory Farmers Market on Sat 21st Dec, Run Banchory will be hosting an Adults and Kids Santa Fun Run.

The Adults race will be a 1 mile dash while the kids race will be a 1k distance.  Maximum of 100 entrants per race.

Entry fee £5pp adults race (aged 12+) and £2.50pp (p1-p7) for kids race.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/521427465072819/

Lunch with Santa 

Organiser: Hatton Mill Pub

Where: Hatton Mill Pub, Hatton, Aberdeenshire AB42 0LL 

Date:  Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time:  12:00 – 15:00

Description: Treat the wee ones to lunch with Santa. Missed something on your list to Santa?? its a great way to let him know.

The lunch will include our full festive menu for Adults & Children and several visits from the BIG man himself. With a small gift for all good girls and boys. Sorry, but Kids Eat Free will not be available over the festive period.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1201345450057972/

Wheelie FUN at Fraserburgh 

Organiser: Wheelie Fun Aberdeenshire

Where: Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre 

Date:  Saturday 21st December 2019
Time:  13:00 – 17:00

Description: Wheelie Fun are rolling into Fraserburgh with our Segways and Ninebot GoKart Sessions!!! Great family fun for Adults and Kids*!!

Booking required see link below…


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2493747660868598/

The Wizard of Oz (U) Tea Party and Film 

Organiser: The Barn

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

Date:  Saturday 21st December 2019
Time:  14:00 – 17:00

Description: Begin your festive season by joining us for a special 80 year anniversary showing of the Wizard of Oz.

Dorothy Gale dreams of a land somewhere over the rainbow and, after a tornado rages through her hometown, her dream comes true. Joined by her dog and a band of unlikely friends, Dorothy sets out to find the enigmatic Wizard of Oz. Judy Garland stars in this feel good family classic.

The ticket price includes entry to the film and a cream tea inspired by all-colours of the rainbow.

Cream tea @ 2pm

Film @ 3pm

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2636497719717354/

Enchanted Forest 

Organiser: Banchory Lodge Hotel

Where: Banchory Lodge Hotel, Dee St, Banchory, AB31 5HS 

Date:  Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time:  16:30 – 18:00

Description: If you go down to the woods……… on Saturday 21st or Sunday 22nd December your sure to be in for a big surprise….

We’re bringing our forest to life at the hotel with a magical event. Start with a family supper and enjoy a cocktail or mocktail on arrival. Then be amazed when we take you out to the forest at 6pm, our woodland forest will have been magically transformed with a a mystical light show but watch out as the forest comes alive with fairies, singers, and elves. While enjoying all the fun you can toast marshmallows at our lovely fire pit and enjoy a warming cup of hot chocolate, take part in the fairy garden quiz and enjoy all the entertainment.

Adults £25pp, children £15pp which includes supper, the event and a little treat too. To book, email us on enquiries@banchorylodge.com  and make it a Christmas to remember…

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2593926027391069/?event_time_id=2593926040724401

 Lunch with Santa 

Organiser: Village Hotel Club

Where: Village Hotel Club, Prime Four, Kingswells, AB15 8PJ 

Date:  Saturday 21st &  Sunday 22nd December 2019

Description: Book a big date with the big man himself! Treat yourself and the kids to a delicious festive two-course lunch with a kids buffet option available, mini disco and then the main event – meet Santa and tell him what good boys and girls you’ve been (we mean the kids, not you!).

£20 per child

£25 per adult

Bar Opens:12.00pm

Lunch: 12.30pm

Bar Close: 4.00pm

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/408705716415713/

 Santa’s Pony Express 

Organiser: Drumshalloch

Where: Drumshalloch Farm, Banchory 

Date:  Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time:  10:00 – 11:00

Description: Santa is making a special visit to Drumshalloch – come along for some festive pony fun. The hour session will include riding and helping to add some sparkle to Santa’s very own ‘reindeer’.

Before leaving all children will meet with Santa and receive a gift. Hot refreshments will be available along with photo opportunities aplenty.

Suitable for 3yrs upwards and each session is £30 payable at the point of booking.  

Please ensure that children wear lots of layers and gloves, jackets should be close fitting and not flap around in case they scare the ponies.  We supply riding hats.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2253631738086704/

Santa Specials – Sunday 22nd December 2019 

Organiser: Milton of Crathes Station

Where: Milton of Crathes Station 

Date:  Sunday 22nd December 2019
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. 

Festive singing on all services, which will be steam hauled. 

The whole Santa experience will last approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2473402052738659/

Family Service & Nativity Play 

Organiser: Peterculter Parish Church

Where: Peterculter Parish Church 

Date:  Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time:  10:30 – 11:30

Description: Join us for our Sunday service and children’s Nativity Play

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/473056020002739/

Breakfast with Santa 

Organiser: The Palm Court Hotel

Where: The Palm Court Hotel

Date:  Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time:  10:30 – 12:30

Description: Bring along the wee ones and let them hand their wish list to the big fella himself. We will have our very own grotto corner and a buffet breakfast for the kids and the big kids to tuck into.

Advanced booking only £9.95 per child £12.95 per adult

To book your tickets contact the hotel directly on 01224 310 351 or email events@palmcourthotel.co.uk

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/437547896868729/

Love Rara Magical Christmas Disco 

Organiser: Love Rara

Where: Beach Leisure Centre 

Date:  Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time:  11:00 – 12:30

Description: Love Rara’s Magical Disco allows you to have one on one attention with our characters. Lots of singing, dancing and games for a truly magical Christmas event with the family.  

Face painting and glitter tattoo stalls additional cost £2 per item.

Please note due to capacity everyone attending requires a ticket. Tickets are non refundable

Important information:

**parents are responsible for their own children this is not a drop off event.

** The Beach Leisure centre will have facilities to buy drinks and snacks no offsite food is to be brought on the premises unless for medical reasons.

** Space is limited so please try not to bring buggies

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/660712604423573/

Santa Sunday 

Organiser: Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel & Spa

Where: Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel & Spa

Date:  Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time:  12:00 – 16:00

Description: Fun for all the family, join us on the count down to Christmas. Visit Santa in his grotto with a gift for every child and excellent children’s entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Choose from a variety of freshly prepared starters, Chef will then carve your chosen succulent meat while you add all the trimmings, before finishing with a visit to our tempting dessert selection.

Let the children make their own choice from our young diners buffet, filled with a variety of children’s favourites.

£26.00 per adult | £16.00 per child (2-12) | £7.00 under 2’s

Pre-payment required at time of booking. Call 01224 860 600 or email  h6626-sb@accor.com to reserve your table.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2315388838683903/

Kids Festive Movie Day

 Organiser: Newburgh Inn

Where: Newburgh Inn, Main St, Newburgh, Aberdeen AB41 6BP

Date:  Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time:  12:00 – 13:30

Description: Let the kids sit back and watch on of our great festive favourites with popcorn, a hot dog, Juice and a pick & mix, whilst you relax for a spot of lunch or festive afternoon tea (Booking is important).

We have 3 great movies on our massive 20 foot screen and awesome surround sound:

-Noon – 1.30pm… Elf (What a classic!!) – Great for all ages

-2pm – 3.30pm… Curious George – Very Monkey Christmas – For the young ones

-4pm – 5.30pm… Polar Express – For the older ones

All of this for ONLY £2.50 per child!

Santa’s little elf’s with be there on the day helping to dispensing the food and drinks and collecting for Cash for Kids

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/387192182231269/

 The Spotty Bag Shop Reindeer Parade 

Organiser: The Spotty Bag Shop

Where: The Spotty Bag Shop, 13 Old Market Place, Banff, Aberdeenshire AB45 1HE 

Date:  Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time:  12:00 – 16:00

Description: Join us on Sunday the 22nd of December for our Annual Reindeer Parade

Come and see Santa with his Reindeer in the Parade at 2pm

 Meet Santa’s Reindeer

Visit Santa in his Grotto

Lot’s of fun for the whole family

Pop in-store and grab some last minute Christmas bargains

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/557612625029805/

 Brunch with Santa – 22nd December 

Organiser: Banff Springs Hotel

Where: Banff Springs Hotel, 8 Golden Knowes Road, Banff, Aberdeenshire AB45 2JE

Date:  Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time:  12:30 – 14:30

Description: Visit Santa this Christmas in his Grotto and meet his Donkeys and Special Helpers along the way.

Buffet Brunch, Entertainment, Santa Visit and a Small gift included in the following prices.

Adults: £18.95 and Children: £11.95

To book or get more information please contact the events team at the hotel on 01261 812881

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1059355897593824/

 Carol Concert 

Organiser: World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm

Where: World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm 

Date:  Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time:  14:00 – 15:00

Description: Get into the festive spirit and join us for some carol singing lead by The Banchory Singers on Sunday 22nd December at Belwade Farm Bistro.

This will be a lovely afternoon for the whole family whether you want to join in and sing along or sit back and enjoy your complimentary mince pies listening to the sounds of Christmas.

No requirement to book just turn up from 1.30pm with the carols expected to begin around 2pm for around a hour. 

For more information on this event or any of our other events please call 013398 85398 or email lisagardiner@worldhorsewelfare.org.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the staff and horses at Belwade Farm

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/437947013731216/

Frozen 2 (PG)

Organiser: Ballater Films

Where: Victoria and Albert Halls, Ballater 

Date:  Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time:  15:00 – 17:30

Description: A special pre-Christmas showing of the most eagerly anticipated animation sequel of the decade!Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom.

Tickets are available from Yules in Bridge Street, Ballater, and there is a limited number online intended for those from outside the area.

We have been able to keep ticket prices low at £5pp (regardless of age) thanks to Ballater Winter Festival, who have sponsored the hall hire for this event to help us with costs. It is much appreciated.:-)

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/954966701545718/

Brunch with Santa 24th December 

Organiser: Banff Springs Hotel

Where: Banff Springs Hotel, 8 Golden Knowes Road, Banff, Aberdeenshire AB45 2JE  

Date:  Tuesday 24th December 2019
Time:  12:30 – 14:30

Description: Visit Santa this Christmas in his Grotto and meet his Donkeys and Special Helpers along the way.

Buffet Brunch, Entertainment, Santa Visit and a Small gift included in the following prices.

Adults: £18.95 and Children: £11.95

To book or get more information please contact the events team at the hotel on 01261 812881.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/440272596566672/

A Family Magic Show with Gary Seagraves 

Organiser: The Tivoli Theatre

Where: The Tivoli Theatre 

Date:  Friday 27th December 2019
Time:  14:00 – 16:00

Description: Following on from last year’s sold out show we are delighted to welcome back Garry Seagraves The Magician, and his assistant Basil the live white rabbit to the Tivoli. All kids and adults alike love magic, so join us for a fun filled afternoon.


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2356641577903799/



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