NEWTON Stewart is preparing for a white Christmas extravaganza with the switching on of this year’s festive lights on 2 December.
Victoria Street will be closed from the town clock to the Bank of Scotland, with traffic diverted by the Riverside Car Park, from 3pm to 7pm and in place of traffic will be market stalls, children’s rides, entertainment on a stage such as bands and Highland dancing, and even a Santa’s grotto. A snow machine will even bring a hint of a white Christmas.
Some shops will stay open to accommodate the crowds and the switching on of the lights at 7pm will be carried out by this year’s Queen of Galloway, Emily Keenan, in a departure from tradition which will not see townsfolk gathered around the Dashwood Square Christmas tree, but on the main street instead.
The Cree Bridge will be adorned with a string of lights and this year’s festive twinklers will even extend to the new Minnigaff pharmacy, down to Giles Insurance and up Queen Street to as far as the cattle market.
Cree Valley Council’s Bob Boan said a small committee had come together to work tirelessly and ensure the event went ahead.
He said: “Thanks must go to those people and also to the businesses who have supported us and who will be staying open late on the evening.”
Competitions will determine the best decorated house and also prizes for the best festive window.