Christmas in Dundee 2023
Thursday to Sunday (last day Sat 23rd)
It’s time to celebrate the season in Dundee, as the city shares an exciting programme of events and activities with something for everyone. From the opening of the festive season celebration with the The Dundee Hooley there is a whole lot more on offer. Craft, fun activities and entertainment in the Square, Christmas makers markets, Community Light switch ons, Christmas trees galore and a whole lot more...
Step into the enchanting world of our festive tipi, where you'll come face-to-face with Santa Claus himself! Santa is eagerly waiting to hear your wishes and spread holiday joy. Book to meet santa here...
There's the thrilling Kids Bumper Cars attraction for the kids, adding an extra layer of excitement to their holiday adventure.
Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchantment of the season as the heart of our city lights up with festive cheer. City Square will be transformed with fun activities, festive lights,and magical moments, welcoming visitors every Thursday through Sunday.
Thursday to Sunday, 11am - 6pm. You can also stay up to date by following our socials, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Christmas in City Square: Accessibility Guide
For those seeking picture-perfect moments, our adorable light-up Penguin and Reindeer duo, Reinoo and Reintoo are ready to strike a pose with you
Challenge friends and family to a fun game of curling on the two available lanes.
At our activity tent, creativity knows no bounds as you and your loved ones can colour in your very own free Dundee Christmas cards. It's a delightful way to add a personal touch to your holiday greetings. And don't forget to encourage the little ones to share their Christmas wishes and dreams by writing their letters to Santa. Rest assured, we'll make sure those letters reach the North Pole in time!
Before you leave, be sure to visit our mesmerizing Wishing Fountains, where you can make a special wish and watch it sparkle in the heart of the city
Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with live music performances on Thursdays and Sundays, providing the perfect backdrop to your festive experience.
Tree of Kindness, City Square: This festive season, Social Bite invite members of the public to share the spirit of giving with those who are homeless or vulnerable. It's a simple yet powerful gesture that can light up someone's Christmas. Social Bites are open Monday to Sunday 11am to 6pm.
So, mark your calendars and spread the word. Join us for a magical season of joy and wonder and create lasting memories with your loved ones.
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 DataThistle.com (previously The list) What’s On and visiting the home pages of all our attractions. V&A Dundee, RRS Discovery at Discovery Point, Dundee Contemporary Arts, The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Musuem, Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee 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 here: Shopping in Dundee
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 here: How To Get To Dundee