The snow may have been fake in Falkirk last weekend but the Christmas joy on faces was 100 per cent genuine at the big festive lights switch on.
Foam ‘snow’ covered the crowds in the High Street who braved the cold night air on Sunday to watch the spectacle unfold as Elsa from Disney’s Frozen joined Victoria Primary School pupil Bailey Howarth (7) and Santa himself to throw the switch to illuminate the town centre.
A late afternoon of top entertainment on stage at the foot of The Steeple preceded the big event, with music from Elsa’s talented tonsils and the combined vocal chops of the mighty Soul Nation Choir sending seasonal songs soaring into the sky above the town.
There will be more Yuletide excitement this weekend as Denny and Stenhousemuir mark the final countdown to Christmas – Denny holding a festive event from 10am to noon on Saturday, November 28 complete with carol singing and the Q20 Theatre’s take on seasonally appropriate Disney film Frozen, while Stenhousemuir illuminates the fairy lights at 5pm.
The events and other initiatives over the coming weeks – including a Festive Farmers’ Market in Falkirk on Friday, December 4 – will help bring a boost to the respective town centres as Christmas approaches.
Sarah McKenzie, of event organisers Falkirk Delivers, said: “There is really no need to go elsewhere this festive season. The message we want to get out to people, whether they are shopping in Falkirk town centre or one of our district towns, is shop local.
“We just hope people who attend these events also support the shopkeepers at this important time of year.”