West End Christmas Fortnight 2022
Venues Vary (inside Dundee) | Free. Booking Required
This year's West End Christmas Fortnight will run from Saturday 26th November until Saturday 10th December and is packed with lots of festive activity all residents are very welcome at each event!
Monday 28th November
6.30pm: Christmas in Print-the Victorian era, an online event with Erin Farley of Dundee Libraries. In late 19th century Dundee, 25th December would have been a working day for many. But the idea of Christmas was becoming more popular each year, inspired by stories such as Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol but also more local pieces, including the Dundee-based People's Journal's Christmas poetry writing competition. This online event will run at www.facebook.com/WestEndChristmas
Wednesday 30th November
6.30pm: Christmas in Print-the twentieth century, an online event with Erin Farley of Dundee Libraries. Christmas became a public holiday in Scotland in 1958, though its celebration was growing in popularity long before this official designation. In Dundee, local publishers and writers marked the season through annuals and postcards, and the Christmas advert became a staple for local businesses. Erin Farley from Dundee Libraries shares some seasonal highlights from the Local History Centre's collections. This online event will run at www.facebook.com/WestEndChristmas
Thursday 1st December
4pm to 8pm: Christmas Highlight - West End Christmas Market at the Miller's Wynd car park and community fridge in Perth Road. Join us to browse Christmas gifts and we'll also have some hot food and drink stalls and music and entertainment for you to enjoy. We will be having a lights switch-on at 7.15pm. There's also a visit from Santa, who will be distributing Christmas goody bags to the children! Many thanks to Scotmid for sponsoring the goody bags which will thereafter be available at the Community Fridge.
6.15pm: The West End Christmas Concert at Dundee West Church. Featuring our two secondary schools at Harris Academy and St John's RC High School and our five primary schools - St Joseph's RC PS, Blackness PS, Tayview PS, Ancrum Road PS and Victoria Park PS - along Cherry Blossom Nursery School, Girls' Brigade and the wonderful Scottish singer Sheena Wellington! Mains of Fintry Pipe Band will lead everyone to the lights switch on after the concert. Our thanks also to Rev Dr Jim Connolly for hosting the concert.
Tuesday 6th December
6.30pm: Hogmanay in Print-the Victorian era, an online event with Erin Farley of Dundee Libraries. Hogmanay and New Year's Day have long been a popular celebration for Dundee's people, with celebrations recorded in newspapers, broadsides, photographs and elsewhere through the years. Erin Farley from Dundee Libraries shares some seasonal highlights from the Local History Centre's collections. This online event will run at www.facebook.com/WestEndChristmas
Thursday 8th December
7pm to 9pm: West End Community & Business Awards night at The Vine. This includes a Christmas West End Community Groups' social event plus awards presentation. Guest Speaker is Kevin Frediani, Botanic Garden Curator. All welcome to attend, please contact Cllr Fraser Macpherson on Dundee 459378.
Friday 9th December
12 noon to 2.30pm: Logie Centenary event at Lime Street Sheltered Lounge, for Logie residents includes sandwich lunch and a talk on the history of the scheme from Sarah Aitken of City Archives. We had hoped to hold a centenary event on 27th May 2020 to mark the 100th Anniversary of the official opening of the Logie scheme - the oldest council housing scheme in Scotland. Sadly, it had to be postponed due to the COVID pandemic. Lord Provost Bill Campbell will give a civic welcome to attendees and Bailie Fraser Macpherson will present a painting of the Logie Avenue area to the sheltered lounge. No booking necessary and local residents welcome!
6.30pm to 7.30pm: Louisiana Fairytale Riverboat Jazz Band Concertat The Gate, 158 Perth Road.
The excellent Louisiana Fairytale Riverboat Jazz Band Concert will give an hour of their fantastic musical entertainment at this free concert with the hugely talented jazz band. All welcome - no booking required.
Saturday 10th December
10am and 11am: Children's Craft events. For young school age children, these 2 one hour free workshops are led by the wonderful Lisa Earl of 'Create...Kids Create Crafts' at Logie & St John's (Cross) Church Hall. Booking essential at www.tiny.cc. The 10am and 11am one hour sessions are each restricted to 25 children who must be accompanied by a parent or carer who must stay with their child throughout the session.
These are the main events for West End Christmas Fortnight, please view the other events in the full programme.
Information published by Leisure and Culture Dundee.
Promoted By: West End Christimas