Balmoral Castle under the snow
Image by: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam - Balmoral Castle

Explore Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire this winter

By RGU Communications & Marketing - 28 November 2023

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are majestic all year round, but during the winter months our setting could definitely rival a Christmas card. Do you know that there are enchanting adventures, a jam-packed programme of festive events and heart-warming foodie experiences just waiting to be experienced this festive season? Here are some of our top suggestions to get your winter wish list started.

Things to do

Glenshee-1 Glenshee Snowsports Centre, Image credit: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam













With snow-topped mountains, frosted fairy-tale castles, wide open parks and gardens, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets, winter in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire really is a magical time. Some of the must-do winter activities include: skiing or snowboarding at the Lecht or Glenshee, cosy walks in city locations including Big O’Balgownie, Aberdeen Beach or Duthie Park, visiting snow-dusted castles and if you’re lucky, even spotting the Northern Lights. You might prefer to head indoors to warm up as you start your Christmas shopping or check out our impressive museums and galleries.

What’s on

Aberdeen-Christmas-1 Aberdeen Christmas Village













It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! Celebrate the festive period at incredible events and festivals throughout winter. Highlights include: Aberdeen Christmas Village, Christmas markets, pantos, live Christmas music and even comedy shows.  

Places to eat and drink













Is there anything better than a heart-warming meal on a chilly evening? There are plenty of foodie experiences to tuck into this winter, from hot chocolate in a cosy café to a comforting meal in front of a roaring fireplace. Make sure you try our famous local flavours in our restaurants and bars.

 Feeling inspired yet? Find out more about the amazing experiences you can enjoy this winter at

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