Our pick of the best going out & staying home activities in December & January
04-06 DEC WILDWOODZ OPEN AIR CHRISTMAS MARKET
Road trip? Exclusively Highlands can be found Between Munlochy and Tore on the A832 just north of Inverness. The market features a wide range of Art, Craft, Food & Drink Open 11-3 each day. Elderly and disabled access at 10am. Find out more at exclusivelyhighlands.co.uk/events
THROUGH DEC CHRISTMAS MARKET
Head to the Bon Accord Centre for a socially distanced Christmas Market with lots of stalls from local makers. It runs from Thursday to Sunday 10-6 every weekend in December and also on Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd.
07 DEC DONATE A TOY
Donate a new toy to the Christmas appeal run by Cash for Kids, Find out where you can drop your gift off at planetradio.co.uk/northsound/charity/events/mission-christmas-aberdeen
10 DEC GET CRAFTY
Make a wreath for your door using greenery from the garden centre or visit your local florist for a ready-made option. Alternatively have a go with some jewel-toned baubles and a glue gun.
13 DEC WATERFALL WALK
Garioch Ranger Service have a waterfall walk heading out from Bennachie Visitor Centre. Pre-booking is essential. Find out more here. eventbrite.co.uk/e/waterfall-walk-tickets-127173075091?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
18 DEC SUPPORT A LOCAL FOODBANK
Pop some extra staples in your trolley and donate it to a local foodbank, or make a donation online. They need even more help in January.
23 DEC-4 JAN THEATRE
If you’re missing out on the panto this year, try streaming the National Theatre of Scotland’s rather different version of Rapunzel, which was filmed at Stirling Castle. Tickets are available from nationaltheatrescotland.com/book/instance/68601. They are priced from £0 to £25, so donate what you can. The show includes a free, fun, festive activity pack for families to enjoy over the holiday period. An audio described version and a creative BSL performance interpretation are also available.
02 JAN RESOLUTIONS
Make a start on your resolutions.
UPTO 24 JAN BP PORTRAIT AWARD
Book a slot to see this year’s most outstanding portrait works at the Art Gallery
09 JAN FOOTBALL
Aberdeen take on Rangers at Pittodrie.
16 JAN ABERDEEN SCIENCE CENTRE
Explore the exhibits and ignite the kids’ curiosity at Aberdeen’s newly reopened Science Centre. Visit aberdeensciencecentre.org/ to find out what’s happening.
27 JAN BURNS NIGHT
Bring out the tartan and rejoice in the fact that we’re probably the only nation who routinely declaim poetry to the minced up internal organs of a sheep.
28-31 JAN SOUND FESTIVAL
The city and shire’s annual celebration of new music has a mix of live performances and livestreams. Find out what’s going on