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 illuminations down to Slessor Gardens where you’ll find a big wheel, ice skating rink and Christmas markets filled with local vendors to explore.

Dundee has a newly planted living Christmas tree, so head down to the City Churches to see it sparkle! The living tree will be joined by five unique interpretations of a tree.  Working with UNESCO City of Design and V&A Dundee, the structures were comissioned to bring design into the heart of our celebrations, and will carry a message about sustainability and eco awareness.  The trees will be kept by the city for future use. There are also lots of Christmas lights to see in the city centre, specially designed for the city, find your favourite DC Thomson characters who appear in the lights alongside designs inspired by Dundee’s rich heritage.


The heart of the city will light up this Christmas, and it’s not to be missed! From November 25th-30th #DundeeKindness Exhibition will return to the city centre alongside a brand new celebration for St Andrews Day, the Dundee Hooley.  From December 1st-24th, City Square will become the heart of Dundee’s festivities. Enjoy illuminated Wishing Fountains, there’s the chance to take your ultimate selfies at Dundee’s 3D Christmas Card, lose yourself in the insta friendly Heofon maze or play an end of curling on the curling lanes with friends. There's live music on Thursdays and Sundays and street performers at weekends and our city’s much loved Pingoo returns for another year. You can also make your way to the activity tent which will play host to a regular schedule of activities including workshops and ‘Letters to Santa’ station. Our full schedule of events can be viewed below. You can also stay up to date by following our socials Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Opening hours: 11am – 6pm Sun – Wed, 11am - 7pm Thurs - Sat.

FREE  -  no booking required. 


Download full Christmas programme or click through for upcoming Christmas highlights.

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 3.00pm on 24th December, 2022.

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! Dundee has an array of accommodation whether you fancy staying in a chic urban hotel, luxury apartment, or lovely B&B, no matter what your budget Dundee has something for everyone, treat yourself this festive season.

Find out more here: Where To Stay In Dundee



Dundee is so easy to get to with flights from London, Belfast and Shetland, 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 cycle paths, 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. Remember you can help by shopping local, even give a Dundee Loves Local Gift Card this Christmas redeemable in over 140+ local outlets.

Find out more hereShopping in Dundee


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