Town gears up for festive fun at lights switch-on

SANTA WAVES TO THE CROWD  AT THE GLOW PARADE.(DUNCAN BROWN)
SANTA WAVES TO THE CROWD AT THE GLOW PARADE.(DUNCAN BROWN)

PLANS are well in hand for this year’s Blue Toon festivities, with the annual glow-stick parade and switch-on of the Christmas lights set for the end of this month.

Youngsters will be able to enjoy the now popular glow-stick parade on Thursday, November 22, coinciding with a late night shopping event in the town centre.

Santa will be leading this year’s parade, which leaves at 6pm from the court house, heading to Drummer’s Corner.

Glow-sticks will be on sale in the vestibule of the Methodist Church from 3pm to 5.30pm and those wishing to participate are advised to get their glow-sticks early.

Many of the town centre shops will remain open until 8pm, allowing some extra Christmas shopping to be done by mums and dads, with special deals and festive goodies on offer at various stores.

The town’s Christmas lights display, which will be erected next week, will be officially switched on at a special event on Saturday, November 24.

Again, Santa will be prominent in the day’s festivities, with Theatre Modo taking part including lantern bearers, stilt walkers, a big puppet and possibly drummers all helping to make the day a special one for Peterhead folk.

The Salvation Army band will be playing from 3.45pm to 4pm, with the official switch-on of the Christmas tree at 4pm, this year to be performed by Stephen Bruce in his Olympic relay attire, who will light the tree with the Olympic torch.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the afternoon, with the fun beginning at 1.45pm, and it’s sure to be an afternoon not to be missed.

Santa will be in his grotto for children to visit, with Theatre Modo performers providing a super spectacle during the afternoon.

“It’s sure to be a fantastic few days,” said Light Up Peterhead chair, Cath Agnew.