Thousands of people packed into Milngavie Precinct for the Festive Family Day recently, which began the official countdown to Christmas.
The lights were switched on by actor Sanjeev Kohli, who plays Navid in the popular TV comedy Still Game.
Sanjeev – who also celebrated his birthday on the same day – said: “I was honoured to ask to perform this duty, and we all had a great laugh.
“I was delighted to be given a SpongeBob cake – that was a lovely surprise – and I’ve eaten his forehead already!
“My children (12, nine and six years old) had a great time although my youngest was disappointed that I couldn’t make him some snow.
“I hear that the Provost can make snow though, so when I become Provost I will make sure there is snow in Milngavie at Christmas!”
The day was organised and funded by the Milngavie My Way Business Improvement District (BID), and the organisers said that the town was the busiest they had ever seen for a lights switch-on.
Ian Lavrie, chair of Milngavie My Way BID, said: “There were loads of families in Milngavie enjoying themselves.
“We are thrilled with the turnout on the day – it was a huge success, I’ve never seen Milngavie so busy.”
As well as the lights switch-on, a host of other treats had been lined up – including the first ever Santa’s grotto in Milngavie Youth Centre, children’s fair rides, face painting, mince pies, a pipe band, traditional and rock choirs, roasted chestnuts, a coconut shy and performances by Douglas Academy’s choir and orchestra.
There was even a fun ‘spot the error’ game for the kids to play in the town.