Aberdeen’s Christmas village will return to the city in November, with local businesses being urged to join the burgeoning attraction.
Aberdeen’s festive initiative will run from November 21 to December 31 at Broad Street and Upperkirkgate, with more details to be revealed in the next few months.
After announcing the dates, organisers Aberdeen Inspired are now calling on businesses to to sign up for a stall at the Christmas in the Quad Market.
Introduced last year, the market offered festive shoppers a wide range of locally-produced crafts, arts and gifts, along with gourmet food and drink from open-air festive wooden cabins in Marischal College Quad.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “We were delighted to introduce the Christmas in the Quad element to the Aberdeen Christmas Village last year, which was a fantastic showcase of the huge talent we have on our doorstep in the city centre and surrounding areas.
“We had a great response from the public to it and stallholders were delighted with their return, so we have decided to increase the number of stalls from 15 to 24 this year to provide a platform for even more local traders.
“It is a unique offering within the village and we would urge traders to get in touch and find out more about getting involved.”
The Quad market will be open during peak times from Thursday evening until Sunday evening and features a unique line-up of traders each week in the lead up to Christmas.
Aberdeen council’s culture spokeswoman Marie Boulton said: “Christmas in Aberdeen is always a magical time of the year as the granite sparkles and the city is brought to life.
“This year, the events line-up is shaping up to be full of festive cheer and we are delighted to welcome the Christmas village back, promising to be bigger and better.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for local producers and businesses and I encourage all of them to get in touch with Aberdeen Inspired to see how they can play their role in the festive-fun within the unique setting of Marischal Quad.
“Christmas in the city creates over a month of activity that has something for everyone, but importantly encourages people into the city centre boosting both the retail and leisure economy.”
To find out more about booking a Christmas in the Quad space, visit: www.aberdeeninspired.com/christmasinthequad