Second year success for Aberdeen's Christmas Village

Aberdeen’s Christmas Village has been hailed a success after attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors.

The bonanza saw fairground rides, food stalls and music bringing people to Union Terrace to enjoy the festivities.

Local business owners praised the event, which kicked off on November 25 before closing yesterday, for attracting customers to their premises.

Julie Haig, owner of Haigs Food Hall on Schoolhill, said: “We were delighted with the footfall the Christmas Village brought to Aberdeen city centre and our business.

“It created a real buzz in the city and it was great to see so many people out and about enjoying the Christmas Village.”

Spearheaded by Aberdeen Inspired in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Codona’s, organisers say hundreds of thousands of people visited the winter wonderland over the five weeks it was open.

Craft, art and drink stalls were also part of the event.

Union Terrace had been shut to traffic for the village and will reopen next Monday.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “It was brilliant to see the public get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy everything the Village had to offer.

“We have also been pleased with the response from the businesses in the city centre, a number of which have been in touch with us to comment on the positive difference they noticed throughout the festive period in terms of increased footfall.

“It was a key aim of ours to achieve a knock-on effect for local businesses, which further emphasises the tremendous benefits of big events like this in Aberdeen.”

The first Christmas Village in the Granite City was launched in 2015 as a response to calls from local businesses for more events.

Its closure also marks the end of the Aberdeen Winter Festival, which includes the fireworks spectacular, Hogmanay celebrations and the Trinity Centre reindeer parade.

City council leader Jenny Laing said: “The Aberdeen Christmas Village has once again been a tremendous success and we are delighted to have worked with our partners to provide what has become a mainstay of the city’s events calendar.”

 

Source: Evening Express