It’s time to celebrate the season in Dundee, as the city launches an exciting timetable of festive celebrations which the whole family can enjoy. Running all the way through to early January, head to City Square for the ultimate Christmas selfie, then follow the brand-new illuminations down to Slessor Gardens where you’ll find a big wheel, ice skating rink and Christmas markets filled with local vendors to explore.


This year, Dundee is switching on a brand-new set of Christmas lights. Specially designed for the city, keep a look out for your favourite DC Thomson characters who will appear alongside designs inspired by Dundee’s rich heritage. For the first year ever, Dundee will have a living Christmas tree, so head down to the City Churches to see it sparkle!





The heart of the city will light up this Christmas, and it’s not to be missed! From December 2nd-24th, City Square will become the heart of Dundee’s festivities. Enjoy nightly projections on the City Chambers, and illuminated Wishing Fountains, and there’s the chance to take your ultimate selfies at Dundee’s 3D Christmas Card which has been specially commissioned by Beano Studios. Those wishing to get into Christmas spirit can donate gifts to those in need at Social Bite’s Tree of Kindness, and our city’s much loved Pingoo returns for another year, and head to the activity tent which will play host to a regular schedule of activities including workshops and ‘Letters to Santa’ station. Hot drinks are also available to enjoy on site from the Wee Tipple Trailer at weekends.

Opening hours: 11am – 7pm Sun – Thurs, 11am-8.30pm Fri and Sat.

Free - no booking required. 

Find out more about the accessibility of City Square here: Christmas in City Square: Accessibility Guide
Please note Chritstmas in City Square will close at 3pm on 24 December 2021.


Make your way down to Slessor Gardens to experience WinterFest – a celebration of all things festive. Book a slot at the ice rink for some cold weather fun, then explore the Christmas Market filled with local vendors and treat loved ones (and yourself) to a last-minute gift or two. Keep warm with a delicious mulled wine or hot chocolate, then head to the stunning Big Wheel for some of the best views around. Opening times: Mon-Thu 10am - 9pm, Fri-Sun 10am - 10pm; from 15th Dec - 2nd Jan 10am - 10pm every day.

Find out more here: WinterFest


With so many things to see and do in Dundee you will want to make it more than a day trip for sure. Enjoy a stay in one of the city’s many accommodation options. Dundee has been voted the UK Staycation City of the Year (2019) and that was before we had all this going on! From chic urban hotels to budget accommodation you will find something to meet your needs.

Find out more here: Where To Stay In Dundee



Dundee is so easy to get to with flights from London and Belfast , regular train services on all the main lines and great road networks. Once here its easy to get around and the city’s focus on active travel means that there are e bikes, good walkways and a great local bus service too throughout the city. The fact you can easily walk to most attractions means your stay will be uncomplicated and relaxed.

Find out more hereHow To Get To Dundee



Dundee has some of the best visitor attractions you could wish for and all within walking distance of each other. Many are putting on great festive activities. Make sure you don’t miss out by checking the The list what’s on and visiting the home pages of all our attractions. V&A DundeeRRS Discovery at Discovery PointDundee Contemporary ArtsThe McManus:  Dundee's Art Gallery and MusuemDundee Rep TheatreDundee Science Centre, Dundee Museum of Transport, Verdant Works…..and finally if its retail therapy you are after then there is plenty to shop.

Find out more hereShopping in Dundee

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