Christ­mas In The City

The Scots Magazine - - Focus On… Aberdeenshire - Cas­tle Fraser, near Dunecht

WITHIN the city it­self, Aberdeen can of­fer a host of fes­tive at­trac­tions. The 12 Days Of Christ­mas wooden sculp­ture trail, cre­ated by lo­cal chain­saw wood carver Gary Shand, is cer­tainly one for all the fam­ily.

From A Par­tridge In A Pear Tree in Castle­gate all the way to Twelve Drum­mers Drum­ming in The Green, it’s a chance for a stroll as well as a sing-along to the well-known carol.

Union Square hosts its tra­di­tional Ger­man Mar­ket, which runs un­til Jan­uary 4, and in the quad­ran­gle of Marischal Col­lege you’ll find the HAAN Christ­mas De­sign Mar­ket. A lo­cal word for “hand”, HAAN cel­e­brates the best crafted and hand­made de­signs in Aberdeen­shire.

Friends of Ha­zle­head Park will pro­vide their own Win­ter Won­der­land on De­cem­ber 17, when en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by Rock Choir, Ha­zle­head School Choir, Cairn­gorm Rein­deer and the Bon Ac­cord Sil­ver Band.

Aberdeen’s Christ­mas Vil­lage on Broad Street and Queen Street boasts an open-air ice rink, fair­ground rides and there are re­fresh­ments ga­lore, in­clud­ing pop-up cafés cour­tesy of some of the city’s top in­de­pen­dent cof­fee shops.

It’s not be­gin­ning to look a lot like Christ­mas – it is Christ­mas!

For more de­tails of the events go to www.ab­

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