A SERIES of Christmas lights switch-on events are set to be held across Dundee in the coming weeks.
Events will be held at Broughty Ferry, the West End, Whitfield and Lochee High Street, to mark the start of the festive season.
The Broughty Ferry celebration takes place at Brook Street and Gray Street on Thursday November 26 from 6pm, complete with fairground rides, live music and street entertainment.
There will be carol singing from the Eastern Primary School Choir and Downfield Musical Society will be on stage with pantomime-style performances. Glasgow Princess Parties are also coming and will perform songs from Frozen including ‘Let it go’ with lyrics ‘The cold never bothered me anyway’.
The event is hosted by The Broughty Ferry Traders’ Association and some of their members will be there dressed as Christmas themed minions.
Chairman Steve James said: “It’s due to be a bumper event. The kids love it and come out in droves. It’s got busier every year with 2000-3000 coming along last year and we expect the same turnout this year.
“It’s smaller than other Christmas Lights events in the city but that makes it more personal.”
“It means a lot to the neighbourhood and it’s a special occasion so we try hard to make it a good event. It’s our way to say thank you to all the people who come to Broughty Ferry and use the businesses here.”
The lights will be switched go on along Brook Street and into Gray Street at 7pm. There will be children’s prizes and free mince pies and mulled wine. Santa will also arrive on his colourful sleigh.
Broughty Ferry themed bags for life and calendars can be purchased. All donations will be split between 8 charities, including RNLI, Alzheimer’s Research, and to local groups including Broughty Ferry Brownies and Guides.
The West End Chrismas Lights will be illuminated on Wednesday November 25 at 7pm, with events beginning at 6.15pm.
Dundee City councillor Fraser Macpherson said: “There’s a children’s concert and Scottish singer Sheena Wellington will perform.
“People gather for the lights near Seabraes at the grass end, that’s at the bottom of Airlie place.”
The Lochee and Whitfield Christmas lights will be turned on during the evening of December 8.
The Lochee event will be at 6.30pm while the Whitfield lights will be switched on at 5.30pm. The locations are still to be confirmed.
Lochee counsellor Tom Ferguson said:
“It is a time for families and communities to enjoy themselves together and let all other things be put to rest. Modern families can celebrate in Lochee the good, old fashioned way.
“Some families lack money and find this time of year harder than others. It’s a time to think about them as well and for everyone to be included.”