Christmas lights switch-on in Milngavie was a huge success

Milngavie was full of festive fun when the Christmas lights were officially switched on recently.

Santa took time out his very busy schedule to be part of the special ceremony and he was joined by the winners of an art competition, Sam Smith (8) from Milngavie and Hayley Speedie (6) from Bearsden.

Milngavie Christmas lights switch on. The Donkey  Sanctuary. Jacqui Methven - volunteer, Elma Cunningham - welfare officer. Kids L/R Emily Reynolds (9) Kara Reynolds (7) Lily Gibson (7).

Milngavie Christmas lights switch on. The Donkey Sanctuary. Jacqui Methven - volunteer, Elma Cunningham - welfare officer. Kids L/R Emily Reynolds (9) Kara Reynolds (7) Lily Gibson (7).

The event, which was organised by Milngavie BID, has been hailed as a huge success with about 10,000 visitors on the day and some traders reporting record takings.

Coco the donkey, kindly provided by the Donkey Sanctuary - proved to be very popular with all the children who thoroughly enjoyed meeting him.

There was also a Christmas market and entertainment all day in the village including Frozen characters Elsa and Anna and performances by the rock choir and various bands.

Ania Surma, BID co-ordinator, said: “The streets were filled with people.

“It was a massive success for us with a really jolly atmosphere all around the town.

“We would like to thank sponsors Mactaggart & Mickel, Waitrose and Tesco for providing refreshments for volunteers.”

Don’t forget children can still visit Santa in his Grotto in Milngavie - he will be there every Saturday until December 12 between 12pm and 4.30pm.