Big switch on for Stranraer

Santa and the prize wiiners make their way through the streets of Stranraer prior to switching on the Christmas lights.
Santa and the prize wiiners make their way through the streets of Stranraer prior to switching on the Christmas lights.

Santa and his reindeer are on their way back to Stranraer and they are bringing lots of free events and activities for all of the children of the area to enjoy.

On Saturday November 28 from 12 noon onwards, the Castle Square will be abuzz with festive fun including the giant toboggan which offers a 30ft ride for young and old alike, all free of charge and with a photo memory provided by the elves.

Also on the 28th of November, the new Santa’s Grotto will be open and free to everyone. Unveiling will be from 12 noon onwards and Santa will be waiting for you there to call in and see him.

Everyone can come along and write and post letters to Santa, make a wish on the Wish Tree, have their photos taken with the Frozen and Christmas characters and also The Muppets.

You can also play giant bowls which is another new feature added to the Christmas activities.

In addition to all of the above, at the Stranraer Library from 12.30pm – 1.30pm and then from 2.30pm – 4.00pm, the Sea Pyots Art Group and YMCA will be helping children and adults to take part in creating a new Stranraer Christmas Collage which will be displayed after completion from the 20th of December.

Christmas Cards can also be made at the same time.

As well as the above, the fabulous Christmas fairy will be storytelling at the Castle of St. John from 12noon onwards.

Please drop in for a sprinkling of magic Christmas fairy dust!

Then at 4.45pm, the Stranraer Christmas lights will be being switched on by the winners of the Primary School’s “Paint A Snowman” competition who will be driven to the Castle Square on the YMCA and APEX Stranraer Santa’s float for its annual unveiling.

Christmas music will be playing all day to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. Come along and join in the fun – it’s all free so that everyone can join in!

The following day in Newton Stewart the Christmas Lights Fair take place on Sunday, November 29th with a street fair from 2pm with live music from Kippy & Co, dancers, a choir, pony rides, lots of stalls and Santa’s grotto. The Kids’ Parade begins at Dashwood Square at 4.45pm and the big switch of this year’s Christmas lights on will take place at 5.15pm.

Wigtown’s Winter Kist takes place on Saturday 28th, 10am – 7pm and Sunday 29th, 11am – 4pm in the County Buildings. Enjoy a treasure trove of arts, crafts, food and drink from makers and producers from Dumfries & Galloway and beyond.

Santa will be there too and the switching on the Wigtown Christmas lights happens on Saturday evening.

The Friends of Minnigaff are having a Christmas Fayre at Minnigaff Primary School on Thursday, December 3rd, from 3pm to 6pm. There will be a Santa’s grotto, crafts, raffle, bottle stall, baking stall, coffee and mince pies and lots more including story telling with Renita Boyle. All to raise funds for the school.

Gatehouse Music Society are looking forward to performance from the Maxwell String Quartet on Thursday, December 3rd at 7.30pm in Gatehouse Parish Church.

The quartet will be performing pieces by Mendelssohn and Schubert.