Aberdeen's Christmas Lights Parade
Every year, Aberdeen City puts on a parade through the centre of town for the switching on of the Christmas lights. I started going to watch five years ago when I was living on the main street - I figured if I couldn't avoid the noise, I may as well enjoy the spectacle - and now it's become a festive tradition.
The parade is always a bit random and this year was no exception. In amongst the Santas and reindeer and people dressed as Christmas presents there were... stormtroopers... Darth Vader... a big stompy robot... some children in alien costumes... All a bit bizarre. But loads of fun.
We didn't get the best spot for photography this year. Or, rather, we got our usual spot which is usually fairly quiet. This year, the crowds were something else. I have never seen the parade that well attended. We were stood behind several rows of parents and children so my photos are a bit blurry and have the odd bit of hat in the corners (and then I forgot to take any proper shots of the lights because I was so focused on getting to the pub and grabbing a table before the bulk of the crowd gathered its hungry thoughts).
But we were standing right outside the Jamie Oliver restaurant so got to enjoy free hot chocolates and mince pies - hurrah!
And, while I've got your attention, I just wanted to show off my Christmas jumper (it's from the ASOS maternity range; there's also a non-maternity version - none of the links in this post are sponsored or affiliate links, by the way; they're just for your info). I've been trying very hard to keep my maternity wardrobe as small and as cheap as possible but I decided that one good Christmas jumper is absolutely a wardrobe must.
Hi! I'm a 30-something stay-at-home feminist mother-of-one. I live in Aberdeen, Scotland with my toddler, boyfriend and two black cats.