Enjoy an illuminating night in Milngavie

Milngavie Christmas lights switch-on
Milngavie Christmas lights switch-on

The atmosphere will be electric when Milngavie’s Christmas lights get switched on tomorrow (Friday, November 21) by Gina McKee.

Milngavie’s recently successful BID team has arranged the event with the Radio Clyde presenter for 6pm in Milngavie’s precinct.

Santa Claus will also be making a special appearance along with Milngavie Pipe Band, the Rollin’ Drones, Westerton Male Voice Choir, Eileen Degnan School of Dance and more from 5pm to 8pm.

A large number of shops will be staying open late as well as a large number of cafes, restaurants and beauticians. And The Art Forum is holding it’s Christmas Cracker exhibition.

The following day (Saturday, November 22) there will be loads of family fun and entertainment in Milngavie town centre from 10am to 4pm.

Children will enjoy watching a magician perform tricks, listen to stories in Milngavie Bookshop including “Wee Robert the Bruce”, see balloon artists model different shapes, get their face painted, take part in craft making, get a glitter tattoo or join in with singing and dancing.

BID manager Lesley Shaw, said: “Santa will be taking up residence in his grotto at the Youth Cafe although his reindeer are still mischief making in Milngavie! They have been wandering around Milngavie town centre and Santa needs the help of local children to to find them so don’t forget to look for them.”

Answer sheets can be found at various retailers around the town centre and can be delivered to Santa at his grotto.

Ian Lavrie deputy chair of Milngavie BID, said: “It’s very exciting that this is our first Christmas as a BID company. We hope this is the first of many such events to bringsthe community together with the business district to make Milngavie stand out.

“Through involving as many local performers as possible we hope that we can continue to strengthen the local community. We are also pleased that Police Scotland will be in the precinct on the Saturday and will have a presence to show what local projects they are working on.”

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of the council’s development & regeneration committee, said: “I am delighted that we are able to support Christmas switch-on events again in our town centres.

“Extremely challenging financial circumstances mean we have been unable to directly fund the events as such, but we have provided as much support as possible.

“The Christmas lights switch-on events are a great way for the community to come together to start the seasonal celebrations.

“Efforts to regenerate our town centres continue, but it’s vital that people rally round and shop local - especially in the run-up to Christmas.”