Excitement builds for Christmas switch-ons

Lanark Christmas Market and Christmas lights''November 15 2014'pics by freelance Sarah Peters
Lanark Christmas Market and Christmas lights''November 15 2014'pics by freelance Sarah Peters

The atmosphere is set to be electric for the annual 
Christmas lights switch-on celebrations across East 
Dunbartonshire this month.

The council is supporting three seasonal switch-ons at Bishopbriggs, Lennoxtown and Kirkintilloch to help kick-start the countdown.

The fun at Bishopbriggs town centre runs from 3-6pm on Thursday, November 27.

STV Glasgow weather presenter and local girl Storm Huntley will carry out the honours at 5pm, along with Provost Una Walker and the Bishopbriggs Gala Queen.

There will be a DJ in Morrisons’ small car park next to the church and fairground rides next to the Clydesdale Bank.

Local school choirs will perform and Santa will in his Grotto in the library. The road to the small car park will be closed from the morning onwards.

At Lennoxtown, the run runs from 5-8pm on Friday November 28.

Lennoxtown primary school choir will perform at 5.15pm at the school prior to the switch-on by Councillor John Dempsey at 5.30pm. There will be a Christmas

There will be a Christmas Fair, with a DJ, lazer quest game and more.

At Kirkintilloch, celebrations take place on Saturday November 29, from 3-6pm. The lights will be switched on by Heart FM DJ Paul Harper at 5pm, with market stalls around the edge of Regent Gardens.

Union Street will be closed past Peel Park Medical Surgery for fairgound rides. A youth band and choirs will perform from 3pm with fireworks in Peel Park after the switch-on.

Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of the Council’s Development & Regeneration Committee, said: “I am delighted we are able to support Christmas switch-on events again in our town centres.

“Extremely challenging financial circumstances mean we have been unable to directly fund the events as such but we have provided as much support as possible.

“The events are a great way for the community to come together.

“It’s perfect timing as the switch-on events come days after Scotland’s Towns Week - which aims to support, unite and inspire town centres across the country.