Santa will help switch on Lanark’s Christmas lights

Carousel...will be back in Lanark today for Christmas fun
Carousel...will be back in Lanark today for Christmas fun

A FEAST of festive family fun is set to take place in Lanark today (Saturday) as the town’s Christmas lights are switched on.

In the morning the annual Christmas Market will transform the High Street into a festive wonderland and shoppers’ paradise with 80 stalls and a selection of funfair rides including a Christmas Carousel.

Then in the afternoon, Clyde One’s Knoxy will be the host with a mix of music, games and prizes keeping the crowd entertained until the lights are switched on just after 5pm.

A Christmas Chartbusters Review Show, featuring chart hits from the last 40 years as well as some Christmas classics, will warm the crowd up before the big finale.

Provost Eileen Logan will be joined on stage by Santa, Lanimer Queen Paige McCulloch, Lord Cornet David Murdoch and Knoxy for the countdown to the switch-on.

“I am delighted to be taking part in the Christmas Lights switch-on festivities again this year,” said Provost Logan.

“I hope as many people as possible will come along and help us celebrate what has become a hugely successful event. There is a real family atmosphere in the town during the celebrations and there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

The Christmas Market is being run by Forum Event Management, following the retiral of Lanark organiser George Topp.

Forum have been involved in the past through supplying the stalls but this year they are at the helm and looking forward to the event.

Producers showcasing their goods this Saturday include Arbroath Smokies, Perthshire Preserves, Lomond Chillies, John Muir Country Store, The Soapbox, Ealf Designs, Cairn O Mohr Fruit Wines, Mother Murphys, Wee Toon Carver, Eternal Flame Candles, Threepwood Fayre and Hebridean Liquor Co.