Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What's Going On in Aberdeen?

I'm starting to learn that looking up community events is a really fun and important part of living... anywhere! There are so many free and inexpensive happenings that are so fun. One website that I really enjoy here in Aberdeen is "What's On In Aberdeen" shown on the City Council website here: http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/xev_Event.asp. This week the city had their switching on the lights parade where Santa comes and turns on Christmas lights down Union Street (the main street in the city). We missed the parade because we didn't realize the date, but we did get to see part of the fun at the Union Square Shopping Center. When we came out of the movie theatre we saw a Coca Cola lorry (truck) outside decorated in lights with loads of people queuing beside it. When we walked out to see what was going on, we found people were in the queues to get their picture in front of the truck, AND they had a snow machine. It was snowing! How fun is that? My grandma and grandad Nelson love Coca Cola products. They would have enjoyed this!

The lights that are switched on. There are lots of these lined down Union Street.
You can get more information related to the holidays on the winter festival website here:
http://www.aberdeeninvestlivevisit.co.uk/winterfestival . The following information came from the two previous links on this page.

Here is a quick look at some things coming up in Aberdeen:
  • Christmas Tree Switch On - Date: 28 November - Venue: Union Street
    The festivities continue with the Christmas Tree Switch On which has been kindly donated by our Twin Town of Stavanger in Norway. A 30 minute carol service will be held prior to the switch on, where each year the Lord Provost and a special guest light up a beautiful spruce.
  • The Christmas Carol Concert - 21 Dec. - David Welch Winter Gardens, Duthie Park
    This popular event held in the David Welch Winter Gardens at Duthie Park. Come along and sing to favourite carols at the indoor garden, taking in the rare and exotic plants while listening to the accompaniment of music performed by the talented Bon Accord Silver Band.
  • March Hare Craft & Vintage Market - 30 Nov 2013 - Boys Brigade, Crimon Place 
    (just off golden Sq) , Aberdeen City, AB10 1RX
    The March Hare Craft & Vintage Market is a regular monthly market in Aberdeen City, Scotland. We feature an eclectic selection of stallholders from vintage fashion to handmade furnishings. Back this month is our popular Vintage Tea Party, hosted by the Boys Brigade, serving teas and coffees as well as pancakes, sandwiches and soups all day.
    Opening Days and Times:
    11am - 4pm

  • The Trickery - 01 Dec 2013 - 
    Do you like different nights out? Do you like gob-stoppingly good magic from some of the best magicians in the world? Of course you do! Magic, burlesque, and comedy!

    There is only one place and one night where you can see them in Aberdeen!  

    Opening Days and Times: Sunday
    Doors open at 19.30
    Show Starts at 20.00  Ticket Information:
    Due to the last two shows selling out it is advised to buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. 
    Link to Event Website: http://thetrickery.co.uk
  • Hogmanay Ceilidh - 31 Dec 2013 - Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
    Bring in the New Year in style!
    The evening includes Scottish Stovies, music from Clachan Yell, Bucksburn Mini Pipe Band, Solo Piper at the Bells, and a glass of bubbly to bring in the New Year.

    Opening Days and Times:
    Start Time: 19:30
    Ticket Price: £39.50
    Tickets are available from the Beach Ballroom on 01224 647647 or by visiting in person.
Get out there and have some fun! The possibility of fun is something much better to look forward to than the TV shows that you know you can record. 

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