Christmas is just a month away and the Falkirk area is lighting the way this weekend so Father Christmas does not have to rely on his ‘Santa’ nav.
The big Christmas lights switch on takes place at 5pm in Falkirk town centre, at the Steeple in the High Street, on Sunday – preceded by an afternoon of festive fun from Q20 Theatre’s Sing-a-long-a-Frozen and the fantastic Soul Nation Choir.
Flicking the all-important switch will be competition winner Bailey Howarth, from Wallace Street, Falkirk. It’s a double celebration for the Victoria Primary School pupil, who turned seven today (Thursday).
Mum Susan said: “She loves Christmas – it’s the time of year she is always high as a kite. I’m just so thrilled for her.”
Runners-up, brothers Liam (5) and Joshua Garden, of Lomond Drive, Falkirk, will have the honour of riding along with Father Christmas when his sleigh touches down in town.
Grangemouth will be switching on its lights the day before on Saturday, with local councillor Baillie Joan Paterson hitting the button at 5.30pm and competition winner Naomi Caklosova (7), from Chisholm Place, Grangemouth, enjoying a sleigh ride with Santa.
The following weekend sees 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, with siblings Marc (6) and Emma Leask (3), of Montgomery Place, Carron, enjoying an exclusive ride in Santa’s sleigh.
It is hoped the entertaining events and other initiatives over the next two weekends 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 and also support the shopkeepers at this important time of year.”