Discover the Magic of Dundee This Festive Season

Welcome to Dundee, the city of discovery, where the festive season brings a special kind of magic to the streets, the people, and the very air you breathe. Whether you’re a food connoisseur, a family on the lookout for holiday cheer, a culture enthusiast, or an adventure seeker, Dundee’s winter wonders are ready to enchant you.

Winter Activities in Dundee (Starting November 20, 2023)

DateVenueTimeEvent/ActivityBooking Link
Nov 20Dundee Rep TheatreVariousCommunity EventsLink
Nov 21Gardyne Theatre7:30 PMCreative Christmas EventsLink
Nov 22City CentreAll DayDundee MarketsLink
Nov 23Various LocationsVariousFree Events in DundeeLink
Nov 24Whitehall Theatre7:30 PMComedy Night: Weegie Hink Ae ThatLink
Nov 25Dens ParkVariousScottish Premiership: Dundee vs CelticLink
Nov 26V&A DundeeVariousFestive Design MarketLink
Nov 27McManus GalleriesVariousChristmas at The McManusLink
Nov 28Forbes of KingennieVariousKingennie Christmas MarketLink
Nov 29Whitehall Theatre7:30 PMABBAmania Christmas PartyLink
Nov 30Gardyne Theatre7:30 PMThe Rat Pack Christmas ShowLink
Dec 1AndieVariousChristmas Pop-UpLink
Dec 2Gardyne Theatre7:30 PMArt of Believing Flamenco – Special EditionLink
Dec 3Evening Telegraph7:30 PMChristmas ConcertLink
Dec 4Whitehall TheatreVariousSleeping BeautyLink
Dec 5Dundee Rep Theatre7:00 PMJimeoin: The CraicLink
Dec 6Gardyne Theatre7:30 PMBye Bye BabyLink
Dec 7Whitehall TheatreVariousI’m Dreaming of a Whitehall ChristmasLink
Dec 8Dundee Rep TheatreVariousA Christmas CarolLink
Dec 9City SquareEveningDundee HoolieLink

A Culinary Journey

Dundee’s culinary scene is a festive feast for the senses. From the Forbes of Kingennie Christmas Market with its array of local and artisanal treats to the Pre-Christmas Menu and Over 60s Festive Dining at Forbes of Kingennie, your palate is in for a holiday treat. Don’t miss the chance to dine at the Rep Restaurant for a pre-theatre meal that will set the stage for a night of entertainment.

Creating Memories Together

Dundee shines with family-friendly activities that turn the festive season into a treasure trove of memories. Join the Little Creatives sessions at Dundee Rep Theatre for an artistic adventure suitable for the little ones, or dive into the heartwarming Breakfast with Santa event at Forbes of Kingennie. And for a truly unique experience, the Discovery Point Christmas Fayre offers a blend of education and festive fun that’s perfect for curious minds of all ages.

A Festive Tapestry of Arts

Dundee’s cultural tapestry is rich and varied, offering a plethora of events that will satisfy any art lover’s appetite. The Dundee Rep Theatre is a hub of creativity, featuring performances like “A Christmas Carol” and “Jekyll & Hyde” that bring classic tales to life. For a touch of local history mixed with holiday spirit, the Verdant Works Christmas Fun Day is a must-visit.

Thrills and Chills

Even in the chill of winter, Dundee offers thrilling experiences for those who seek them. The Jimeoin The Craic! comedy show provides laughs and surprises, while the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra performance at the Rep Theatre offers a night of exhilarating music. And for those looking to make their own adventure, the Ring Making Workshop provides a hands-on experience that’s both creative and rewarding.

A City Aglow: Dundee’s Festive Highlights

Beyond these tailored experiences, Dundee as a whole transforms into a winter wonderland, offering attractions that everyone can enjoy. The city’s Christmas Craft & Flea market is a treasure trove for unique gifts, while the Santa’s Breakfast at Dobbies offers a delightful start to the day. And for a night of nostalgia and classic tunes, don’t miss The Rat Pack Christmas Show at the Dundee Box Office.

You’re right, I apologize for missing those events. Let’s include the Dundee Hoolie and other events from to ensure the list is comprehensive. Here’s the updated guide with these additions:

Winter Activities in Dundee (December 2023 – February 2024)

DateVenueTimeEvent/ActivityBooking Link
Dec 1V&A DundeeVariousFestive Design MarketLink
Dec 2McManus GalleriesVariousChristmas at The McManusLink
Dec 2-3Forbes of KingennieVariousKingennie Christmas MarketLink
Dec 3Whitehall Theatre7:30 PMABBAmania Christmas PartyLink
Dec 6Gardyne Theatre7:30 PMThe Rat Pack Christmas ShowLink
Dec 9Gardyne Theatre7:30 PMArt of Believing Flamenco – Special EditionLink
Dec 9-10AndieVariousChristmas Pop-UpLink
Dec 10Gardyne Theatre7:30 PMEvening Telegraph Christmas ConcertLink
Dec 11Gardyne Theatre7:30 PMBuddy Holly & The CricketersLink
Dec 14-23Whitehall TheatreVariousSleeping BeautyLink
Dec 15Dundee Rep Theatre7:00 PMJimeoin: The CraicLink
Dec 15Gardyne Theatre7:30 PMBye Bye BabyLink
Dec 17-18Whitehall TheatreVariousI’m Dreaming of a Whitehall ChristmasLink
Dec 25-30Dundee Rep TheatreVariousA Christmas CarolLink
Dec 26-27Dens ParkVariousScottish Premiership: Dundee vs CelticLink
Dec 31City SquareEveningDundee HoolieLink
Jan 23, 2024Whitehall Theatre7:30 PMDirty DustingLink
Jan 24, 2024Gardyne Theatre7:30 PMThe Legends of American CountryLink
Feb 2, 2024Gardyne Theatre4:00 PMReady Steady 60s ShowLink
Feb 3, 2024Whitehall Theatre6:30 PMAn Evening with Jake WoodLink
Feb 7-10, 2024Dundee Rep TheatreVariousJekyll & HydeLink
Feb 14-17, 2024Dundee Rep TheatreVariousOh What a Lovely WarLink
Feb 23, 2024Dundee Rep Theatre7:30 PMJimeoin: The CraicLink
Feb 9, 2024Gardyne Theatre7:30 PMSomething About George – The George Harrison StoryLink
Feb 18, 2024Gardyne Theatre7:30 PMThe Greatest Star – Barbra Streisand Tribute ShowLink
Feb 22, 2024Whitehall Theatre7:30 PMMcFleetwoodLink

This festive season, let Dundee be your canvas for creating the winter story you’ve always dreamed of. With a heart full of cheer and a city sparkling with joy, we invite you to unwrap the gift of Dundee – a place where every moment is a memory in the making.

Remeber Remeber the 25th Of November 😉

As the winter chill sets in, the city of Dundee prepares to wrap itself in a cloak of festive lights and joyous celebrations. The season’s merriment begins on November 25th with the much-anticipated Dundee Hooley, a vibrant event that embodies the spirit of St Andrew’s Day and Scotland’s renowned hospitality.

The Dundee Hooley: A Torchlit Celebration of Community

The Dundee Hooley, now in its glorious second year, promises an evening of enchantment starting at 3 pm in the City Square. The streets will come alive with a torch-lit procession, proudly led by the Lord Provost and accompanied by community groups. Spectacular performances by Thingumajig Theatre and Urban Moves will dazzle onlookers, while PyroCeltica’s Celtic Fire theatre will illuminate the night with their fiery artistry.

The festivities will crescendo into a traditional Christmas ceilidh, with live music from Skyrie, inviting everyone to dance the night away until 7.30 pm.

Lantern Workshops and Torch-Carrier Procession

In the lead-up to the Hooley, from November 22nd to 25th, Dundee offers free lantern-making workshops, perfect for families and friends to craft their own beacons of light. Those eager to be torch-carriers in the procession can register from November 1st on the website.

Dundee’s Winter Wonderland

As winter unfolds, Dundee’s custom festive lighting will cast a warm glow over the city, celebrating its rich heritage with delightful references to DC Thomson characters and designs that nod to the city’s UNESCO status. The designer trees and living Christmas displays are set to return, creating a picturesque backdrop for holiday photos and memories.

From November 30th, City Square will be the heart of Dundee’s Christmas festivities, open Thursday through Sunday until December 23rd at 1 pm. The Nordic Ti-pi will offer free activities, including meetings with Santa, the Dundee Christmas Card, and illuminated wishing fountains. Families can enjoy curling, meet Pingoo and his reindeer friends, and even send a letter to Santa.

A Season of Giving and Kindness

Social Bite returns with their LED Christmas Tree of Kindness, inviting visitors to share gifts with the homeless and vulnerable, spreading the true essence of the holiday spirit.

Special Events Not to Miss

Mark your calendars for December 2nd’s Christmas Special, featuring ice carving, a unicorn dance party, and appearances by Poppy Bubbles and other delightful characters. And on the morning of December 23rd, join Santa, Mrs. Claus, and special guests as they collect letters from Dundee’s children before heading to the North Pole.

This season, let the heart of Dundee be your destination for an unforgettable Christmas experience. Join us as we celebrate the warmth, joy, and community spirit that makes this city a winter wonderland like no other.

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