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Aberdeen's biggest-ever Christmas Village welcomes first visitors

Thousands of shoppers are expected to travel to the German market-themed event on Union Terrace.

Christmas Village: Winter Festival welcomes first visitors.
Christmas Village: Winter Festival welcomes first visitors. STV

Aberdeen's biggest-ever Christmas Village has welcomed its first visitors as part of the city's Winter Festival.

Thousands of festive shoppers are expected to travel to the German market-themed village on Union Terrace, which opened on Thursday night.

The 200,000 event has been jointly funded by the city council and business body Aberdeen Inspired and features an ice rink, market stalls and fairground rides. 

The local authority said it is "working closely" with transport companies and local businesses to minimise disruption caused by a five-week traffic ban on Union Terrace. 

The event was launched by Aberdeen-born golfer Paul Lawrie, who said: "I have been fortunate enough to travel a lot during my career and experienced a variety of global attractions. 

"It is fantastic to see something festive on this scale being brought to the Granite City by Aberdeen Inspired and their partners. 

"Earlier this year I brought my European Tour event to Aberdeen and we had a great response from participants and spectators who commented on the warmth of the welcome and beauty of the surroundings.

"I am sure that the Aberdeen Christmas Village will be a great draw for locals and visitors alike and bring a fantastic atmosphere to the city."

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