Posted by: christinelaennec | December 10, 2011

December sights in Aberdeen

I do love this time of year in Aberdeen, the weeks building up to Christmas and before that, the shortest day.  Less than two weeks now until the trend to darkness begins to reverse!  Here are a few snaps of recent winter sights here:

Beautiful Christmas wreath on an Aberdeen door, December 2011.

This house is one of an entire terrace of houses – but if you look carefully, you can see that its neighbour to the right is made of pink granite.  I like how the grey and the pink interweave at the join!  Karen recently commented that the sparkling granite must look pretty in the winter light – and it does!  It’s hard for me to get a photo that shows the sparkles (though I think I nearly succeeded in this post last winter), but perhaps this gives you some idea:

Granite in the winter sun, Aberdeen, Dec 2011.

I don’t know if you can make it out, but I was walking up the road the other day and was delighted to see a faint rainbow over a ship in the harbour:

Faint rainbow on a ship in the harbour. Aberdeen, Dec. 2011.

The Christmas lights are very pretty here, although some of the lights on Union Street were ripped from their moorings by the hurricane we had on Thursday (86 mph winds in Aberdeen).  Luckily no-one was hurt.  Below is Robert Gordon’s College, all decked out.  In the foreground is Major General Charles George Gordon, a colonial who was killed in Khartoum in 1885.  I always wonder what Sudanese people living in Aberdeen feel when walking past this statue.

Christmas lights at Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen, December 2011.

The Music Hall is looking similarly festive:

The Music Hall, Aberdeen, 8:20 a.m., 7 December 2011.

And winter is of course the best time to appreciate some of the stunning stained glass in the city:

Stained glass windows in Aberdeen. December 2011.

This morning, we’ve woken up to a dusting of snow – the first of the year!  The Dafter is hoping there will soon be more.

I wish you all a very good weekend!



  1. the first snow is wonderful…enjoy! Looks like a wonderful place to enjoy the holidays….thanks for sharing it with all of us. Have a great weekend….we’re off to more basketball games!

  2. Once again lovely Aberdonian photos, love them…Have a nice weekend

  3. Beautiful photos! I can only imagine how fine the granite looks in the winter sunlight.

    • I have to agree. Such a beautiful city. Was just there for graduation ceremonies at the U of Aberdeen in late November. I will return to explore in depth the magnificent highlands.

      A Canadian in Toronto

  4. I miss my grey granite toon – thanks for the pics, yoos two, xx

  5. gorgeous stained glass windows! and how lovely to get some snow. it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

  6. What a wonderful pictures, love the one with all those lights in the music hall !

  7. What beautiful sights…a beautiful city. I really love the stained glass and the beautiful door with the wreath. 86 mph winds? My goodness! Glad all is well with you and your family! xx

  8. Dear Everyone,

    Thank you for all the kind comments! I’m glad you liked the photos. (Karyn and amanda, hurry back now!) The hurricane didn’t harm us, and the snow has not been back though we’ve had some frosty sidewalks / pavements in the past few days.

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