Book a Christmas panto for a festive family-friendly weekend away, see a great show and watch children’s faces light up as they holler, ‘OH NO SHE ISN’T’ and ‘IT’S BEHIND YOU!!!’ Aberdeen’s renowned His Majesty’s Theatre is undoubtedly one of the most handsome and luxurious auditoriums in Scotland, so opulent it was once described by Billy Connolly as “playing a gig inside a wedding cake!”
This year’s headline panto is Dick McWhittington. Join the hero and his cat as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness to become Lord Provost of Aberdeen on an adventure that sends him from the North Sea to the High Sea headed for Morocco. The production stars Elaine C Smith and it’s running from Saturday 3 December 2016 to Sunday 8 January 2017.
If you prefer a white Christmas then Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, starring Joyce Falconer as the evil queen, is running at Aberdeen Arts Centre from Thursday 1 December to Saturday 24 December 2016. Or for a genie in a bottle head to the recently reopened Tivoli Theatre where Aladdin will be playing from Thursday 8 December to Friday 23 December 2016. Book tickets for all the performances highlighted at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com. So if the panto is calling your name here are Skene House’s recommendations for having a very merry Christmas break in Aberdeen.
Where to Eat – It’s possible to cook up a Christmas roast, or a light supper, in your own kitchen within Skene House Apartment Hotels. You can also keep goodies in the fridge, such as cold drinks and snacks, to take with you to the theatre to save a few pennies. If you’d prefer to eat out then Carmine’s on Union Terrace is ideally suited for Skene House Rosemount and His Majesty’s Theatre. This old school Italian trattoria serves up very reasonable set menus, pizza and pasta. And sometimes the proprietor hands out chocolate treats to children to take away with them. This is a traditional, family run establishment with a heart of gold.
If you like to rely on trusted chain restaurants then Union Square Shopping Centre, right next to the train station, serves up a rich offering of family friendly eateries in close proximity to the Tivoli Theatre. Restaurants include Carluccio’s, Giraffe, TGI Fridays, Pizza Express, Las Iguanas, Wagamamas, Prezzo and Yo Sushi, and there’s easy parking too.
For a touch of tapas try your tots’ tastebuds at Cafe Andaluz on Bon Accord Street, for kids who love their meat drop by Maggie’s Grill on Holborn Street or for hearty fish and chips park up at The Ashvale Restaurant on Great Western Road. And don’t worry about feeding the family the next morning as at Skene House you get your breakfast included so all you have to worry about is what festive adventures you’ll undertake next.
What to Do – Aberdeen’s sparkling Christmas Village is returning with its festive stalls, festooned tree, mulled wine and glistening ice rink but this year explore the new Christmas Tree Maze at Union Terrace Gardens and lose yourself in a little festive magic: track your way to the elves’ workshop and back, and complete a quiz as you go to win a pouch of treasure. Or follow the Twelve Days of Christmas Wooden Sculpture Trail and track down the sculptures around the Granite City.
Where to Stay – Skene House Apartment Hotels Rosemount location is just a few minutes walk from His Majesty’s Theatre and the attractions of the Christmas Village. It’s ideally located for those wishing to enjoy the festive sparkle of Aberdeen and provides all the space and comfort you need for a winter family stay. Spacious fully equipped kitchens, homely lounges and multiple separate twin or double bedrooms, everyone has their own space. Put the kids to bed, heat the mulled wine in your own kitchen and retire to the sitting room to put on a favourite Christmas DVD – ‘Elf’ anyone?
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Photo courtesy of Michal Wachucik / Abermedia.