Let's get festive

A sparkling final edition of Your Aberdeen for 2023

Let's get festive


Welcome to this year’s final edition of Your Aberdeen. We’re publishing early this month so we can include all the events heading your way at the end of the November through until Christmas. As the year winds down and the festive season sparkles on the horizon, we're here to keep you connected with all the cool things happening in our wonderful city.

In this edition, we’ll dive into the eclectic mix of events that continue to make Aberdeen a unique place to live and explore. We’ve tried to give you a balance of festive events and also spaces you can go to escape from the Christmas madness.

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In the weeks ahead, SNUG at the Anatomy Rooms offers a cozy sanctuary for artistic exploration, while Curated at the Quad at Marischal College showcases local arts and crafts, perfect for unique holiday gifts. Chef The Rapper, JusHarry, CRPNTR, Josh McLean and more are on the line-up for HOURS unmissable Christmas Special at the Lemon Tree and Calum Bowie is back in Aberdeen for a live show at The Tunnels.

Dive into the poignant art of Joyce Davies in Da Broken Parts at The Print Room, exploring complex emotions through mono-prints. For theatre lovers, A Play, A Pie and A Pint - The Guns of Johnny Diablo at The Lemon Tree and Rapunzel at Aberdeen Arts Centre both promise enchanting and humorous performances.

Immerse yourself in Abdulrazaq Awofeso's New Aberdeen Bestiary: The Cock at The Worm Gallery before it closes and the MAK-KIN Christmas Market at Deemouth Artist Studios is a festive haven for art enthusiasts.

We hope you all find something to brighten up your dark nights.

Chris & Kevin 💛

What’s on in November / December

This image shows a cosy, warmly lit room that has an inviting and homely feel. In the foreground, a comfortable-looking brown leather armchair with a cushion invites relaxation. The middle ground reveals a table and chairs, suggesting a dining or social area. A decorative lamp stands to the right, casting a soft glow. The word "Snug," in a large, playful, and bold yellow font with steam lines rising from the 'u', suggests warmth and comfort, overlaying the scene. Behind it, on the back wall, is a blurred neon sign with the same word "Snug," echoing the text in the foreground, enhancing the ambience of the setting.


Every Friday
Anatomy Rooms

SNUG offers a wonderful opportunity to spark your creativity during the colder months in a comfortable and inviting setting. It's an ideal place to chill out and delve into your artistic pursuits.

Every Friday, from 10 am to 5.30 pm throughout the winter season, you're welcome to access to art materials, engage in assorted activities and enjoy complimentary hot beverages. An ideal haven if you’re looking for a artistic outlet. Relax, unwind, and unleash your creativity!

👉 Connect

Curated At The Quad

Every Fri - Sun
Marischal College

Marischal College Quadrangle transforms into a magical festive market with Curated in the Quad this Christmas. Over 50 north-east producers and creatives will showcase arts, crafts, clothing, unique homeware, and gourmet food and drink. Enjoy a new line-up of local talents each weekend leading up to Christmas.

More than a market; it's a major fundraiser for Charlie House and a perfect destination for exclusive gifts and a chance for you to support local businesses.

👉 Get sparkly

Winter Exhibition

Sat 25 - Sun 26 November
Wasps Artists Studios

Join Wasps Artists Studios at Langstane Place, Aberdeen for a winter showcase! Discover a transformed gallery space featuring local artists' works in painting, textiles, print, ceramics, and more.

Peek into open studios to see the creative process firsthand. A great chance to view, buy, or commission unique art.

👉 Check it out

Da Broken Parts

Until Sat 25 Nov 2023
The Print Room

This new exhibition by Joyce Davies, a self-taught artist and former Consultant Clinical Child Psychologist, showcases 40 unique mono-prints. Joyce's art explores the physical body, health, and well-being, reflecting her journey through complex emotions and memories.

Her works, raw and authentic, invite you to interpret and connect with your own stories. The exhibition represents a powerful visual narrative of life's challenges and the therapeutic nature of art​

👉 Find out more

A Play, A Pie and A Pint - The Guns of Johnny Diablo

From Tue 28 Nov
The Lemon Tree

This production, written by Philip Differ and directed by Shilpa T-Hyland, marks the 60th anniversary of 'A Fistful of Dollars.' It's a comical take on a spaghetti western script, featuring an old school actor, an ex-model, and a BAFTA-winning actress navigating their oversized egos and acting quirks.

Expect a laugh-filled farce with an unexpected twist on the classic western genre…as well as a cracking pie!

👉 Now on sale

The image features an artistic title design that reads "Rapunzel," stylized to resemble long, flowing blonde hair, reflecting the character's most distinctive trait. The text is set against a purple background with subtle sparkles, creating a magical feel. A ribbon banner in a rich red hue flows through the lettering with the pun "A HAIR-LARIOUS PANTO ADVENTURE" written on it in white, adding a playful touch to the theme of the image. The overall design is whimsical and vibrant, hinting at a fun and comedic retelling of the classic fairy tale.


Sat 2 - Sun 24 Dec
Aberdeen Arts Centre

TaleGate Theatre Productions, brings to life the story of Rapunzel – a lively and humorous take on the beloved fairy tale. Experience Rapunzel's exciting escape from the clutches of the evil Queen Gothel in this dynamic production, filled with catchy pop tunes, enchanting magic, and playful puppets.

It's an enchanting show perfect for families and anyone who enjoys a blend of humour and fantasy, offering a fantastic way to enjoy a magical storytelling experience.

👉 Get your tickets

Legacies of Slavery - Transatlantic Slavery and Aberdeen

Until Sat 2 Dec
Sir Duncan Rice Library

This insightful exhibition delves into the North-East's historical connections with the transatlantic slave trade. It is part of the University's efforts to broaden understanding about both its own colonial legacy and the region’s involvement in slavery.

The exhibition offers a meaningful exploration of this significant aspect of history and is open to all with free entry. Lets all discover our shared history together and grow.

👉 Explore

New Aberdeen Bestiary: The Cock

Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Abdulrazaq Awofeso creates art inspired by the cock, a symbol in his childhood memories. His pieces, born from his experiences in both Nigeria and Birmingham, delve into how this animal is seen in different cultures and religions.

The exhibition, formed during his residency at Peacock, blends personal stories with broader themes, offering an intriguing look at the connections between animals, our beliefs, and our lives.

👉 Connect

A promotional poster for "MAK-KIN," an event for shopping locally at Christmas open studios by Deemouth Artists + Makers. It showcases a creatively arranged display with an artist's mannequin dressed in a jacket and a colourful scarf, accessorised with chunky necklaces. Beside it, on a wooden stool, there's a potted plant in a two-tone fabric pot, and a small wooden ladder holds a cushion and a few ceramic pieces. A bird and a fish ornament hang in the background, adding a whimsical touch. The event details at the bottom invite visitors to Deemouth Artist Studios on December 2nd and 3rd from 10 am to 5 pm. The address provided is South Esplanade East, Aberdeen, AB11 9PB.

MAK-KIN Christmas Market

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec
Deemouth Artist Studios

Get in the holiday spirit at the MAK-KIN Open Studios event! Wander through 26 unique artist spaces, meet local creators, and find special Christmas gifts crafted in Aberdeen.

Indulge in the warmth of a cosy pop-up café, serving hot teas and coffees. This event is a wonderful chance for you to explore and buy local art, making your holiday season truly special. A perfect blend of art, community, and festive cheer awaits!

👉 Get festive

Calum Bowie

Fri 8 Dec
The Tunnels

Catch Calum Bowie at The Tunnels this month. A vibrant new star in the Scottish music scene and known for his soulful melodies and honest lyrics. Emerging from Banchory, Calum has been captivating audiences since 2018.

Now based in Edinburgh, he’s also a TikTok sensation with over 87,000 followers for his engaging song covers and original music. Influenced by the likes of Sam Fender, his charismatic performances are redefining Scottish music.

Experience this one live, where his authentic storytelling and tunes shine brightest. A must-see for music lovers!

👉 Tickets on sale

An ADHD AF Christmas

Sun 17 Dec 2023
Chester Hotel

Laura from the ADHD AF podcast hosts a unique Christmas party and a chance for the ADHD community to connect, celebrate, and raise awareness. Guests can expect a lively atmosphere with music, laughter, and moments of heartfelt connection.

The event is a safe space for those with ADHD to unmask and bond with others who understand their experiences. It's an evening filled with camaraderie, festive fun, and a deep sense of community for anyone interested in or affected by ADHD​.

👉 Book your spot

The poster is a vibrant and eye-catching advertisement for a music event at The Lemon Tree on Friday night, 22nd December. It features bold, stylized text announcing "CHEF THE RAPPER with HITLIST" as the main act, plus supporting acts "JusHarry", "CRPNTR", and "Josh McLean". Also mentioned are "THE HOURS HOUSE BAND". The graphic has a retro feel, with stylized illustrations of musicians in black against a bright teal background. The event information at the bottom notes "7-11PM 14+" and "TICKETS VIA ABERDEENPERFORMINGARTS.COM". The overall design has a playful and musical theme, with Christmas decorations like holly adding a festive touch.

HOURS Christmas Special

Fri 22 Dec
The Lemon Tree

The HOURS team are doing incredible work for Aberdeen's music scene! They've got a Christmas special lined up at the Lemon Tree, bringing together the best of live bands and Scottish Hip-Hop. The line-up includes Chef The Rapper, JusHarry, CRPNTR, and Josh McLean, plus indie stars Hitlist and the HOURS House Band live.

Their events are always a blast, and this one's no different with pay-what-you-can tickets. Don’t miss out on this amazing lineup – it’s going to be special!​

👉 Tickets

Curated At The Quad

Until Sat 23 Dec
Marischal College

Marischal College Quadrangle transforms into a magical festive market with Curated in the Quad this Christmas.

Beginning this Friday over 50 north-east producers and creatives will showcase arts, crafts, clothing, unique homeware, and gourmet food and drink. Enjoy a new line-up of local talents each weekend leading up to Christmas.

More than a market; it's a major fundraiser for Charlie House and a perfect destination for exclusive gifts and a chance for you to support local businesses.

👉 Find out more

Symphony in Grey by Mae Diansangu

Until 17 Feb 2024
Music Hall

This poetic exhibition by Mae Diansangu is a profound journey through Aberdeen. Inspired by the city's description as "an extraordinary symphony in grey" in the 1999 Lonely Planet’s Guide, this collection captures the essence of Aberdeen.

The poems traverse our familiar streets, unraveling a tapestry of grey hues that, while sometimes cold, are always full of spirit. This exploration invites you to connect deeply with the city's multifaceted character and its unique blend of starkness and vitality.

👉 Explore

See you in 2024

Whether you're spending time with loved ones, enjoying quiet moments alone, or venturing out into the festive buzz of the city, we hope this season brings you contentment and a sense of renewal.

Thanks for being a part of our journey this year. Here's to enjoying the festive season and welcoming a hopeful new year. Wishing you a peaceful Christmas.

K&C xx