Plan Your Christmas Panto Break in the Granite City

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  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.



25 thoughts on “Plan Your Christmas Panto Break in the Granite City

  1. That looks so much fun! We’re also booked to watch a Panto in Exeter. Can’t wait 🙂

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Sounds great. I think we’re lucky to have three to choose from in Aberdeen, different stars, different dates, different price brackets so hopefully something for everyone.

  2. Some fab recommendations here! Love a good Christmas Panto to get into the festive spirit! 🙂

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      It gets you in the mood doesn’t it! And Aberdeen’s Christmas Village is always so festive as well.

  3. Marie Barber says:

    I love Christmas pantos, what a fab idea to make it into a getaway, sounds fantastic!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      City Breaks can be busy and vibrant or they can be relaxed and family orientated. I think Christmas is a great time for a chilled short break together as a family.

  4. I love to go to see a good panto at Christmas with the kids. They are always so much fun. I bet this one will be great 🙂

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      At least three to choose from in Aberdeen. Fair amount of choice and lovely venues too.

  5. Rachel says:

    Great recommendations here – you can’t beat a good Christmas panto

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Agreed! Hope you find a panto to tempt you.

  6. Danielle says:

    I love the panto Aladdin would be awesome can’t wait till my little ones abit older to take him xx

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      I took my two year old to Peppa Pig at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen, he loved it. It’s a beautiful location too. I was amazed at how still the toddlers all sat. All utterly consumed. Hope your tot gets to the theatre soon.

  7. Kerry Norris says:

    Skene house sounds like a great place to stay and ideally located. It’s a bit far for us this year but there’s always next year…

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      That’s what’s great about blogs. Even if you can’t do something right now it plants a seed for the future. Would love to welcome you next year.

  8. karen says:

    That looks like fun, we’re currently looking at pantos to take the girls to before christmas

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Well there’s lots of choice in Aberdeen. Hope you find a panto and a destination that tempts you.

  9. Fab post. I like the thought of a Christmas panto.

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Go for it. Let’s get Christmas started!

  10. Anosa says:

    I have never actually seen a pantomime I always hear about it but always too late when I decide to book and watch one

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Perhaps this year is the year!! That’s why we posted in November, to give busy people a chance to snap up some tickets and take a break away.

  11. That looks great, I am planning on taking my girls to a Pantomime but I’m not sure which yet.

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      There seems to be more choice each year. Not a bad thing! And the kids will love whichever one you choose.

  12. Alina says:

    I love a good panto every year. Looks like a lot of fun as always 🙂

  13. I love going to the Panto. I can’t wait till my daughter is old enough to enjoy things like this. x

  14. Skene House Blogger says:

    A real date in the calendar Alina! Get your tickets soon.

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