The Aberdeen Christmas Market can get easily overlooked when we have Edinburgh’s Christmas an express train away, however, a wee Christmassy getaway up North is still worth considering. Whether visitors are after a change of scenery or just want to visit every Christmas market in Scotland, we’ll look into whether Aberdeen Christmas Village is worth a visit, and everything we need to know before visiting.
When and where is Aberdeen Christmas Village 2023?
Aberdeen Christmas Village is on Broad Street between November 16 and December 31, bringing traditional Christmas market vibes to the city. Plus, the market is open until quite late on weekends, compared to others out there. On Fridays and Saturdays, guests can enjoy the festivities for longer between 10am and midnight, Sundays will see a 10am – 10pm opening time, and on weekdays Aberdeen Christmas Village is open between 12pm and 10pm.
It is also important to note the market is also closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but has extended opening hours during school holidays opening from 11am on weekdays.
Open-air ice rink
Aberdeen Christmas Market boasts an open-air ice rink, inviting guests for a glide with the stunning backdrop of Marischal College. Tickets are £8 for a 20-minute skating session including skate hire, as well as £5 during off-peak times between Monday and Thursday from 12pm to 6pm. The off-peak times are not applicable during school holidays, however.
Guests can enjoy food and drinks at the Village Square, drawing inspiration from world-famous Christmas markets around Europe. Visitors can expect covered outdoor seating, relaxed vibes and street food, such as German Bratwursts from the Swing Grill, mulled wine and festive cocktails curated by Ten Dollar Shake and local craft beer from Fierce.
Big Manny’s Pizza, Hot Chip and Cookie Cult are also there, offering food lovers a bit of everything. Sweet House is also serving Dutch pancakes, churros and Bailey’s hot chocolate (don’t mind if we do!).
On top of ice skating, guests will be able to go on a number of rides this year, with a brand new Ferris Wheel having been introduced this year. What is more, some seasonal favourites, such as the Helter Skelter and Candy Cane Bungee Trampolines have returned, while the Ice Fun House is another new addition. All attractions range between £3 and £5, so it’s not going to break the bank.
Is Aberdeen Christmas Village it worth it?
For those looking for a change of scenery and going on a wee adventure this Christmastime, the Aberdeen Christmas Market is the place to be. On top of exploring the winter wonderland, visitors can also explore what Scotland’s third-biggest city has to offer.