Stirling Lights Up for Christmas

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Stirling celebrated festive joy this weekend at the Christmas Lights Switch On Parade.

The community had a jam-packed programme for everyone including its own Santa parade, street performers and pipe bands. 

The Tollbooth held a free drop-in craft sessions for Christmas lantern making, led by Tutor George Farrow Hawkins. It was for young kids and all materials were provided for them. 

Graffiti artist Mia McGregor also held a free drop-in session at the Albert Halls. 

The day wrapped up in style with the Santa Parade which featured all his “little helpers” and bagpipes.

The parade route started at 4p.m. on Baker Street, then Friars Street and Murray Place before finishing up on King Street – where the Christmas lights were switched on by Santa himself.

In the Thistle Shopping Centre, the Christmas Grotto was opened on Saturday. This will run every day from November 19 – December 24 between 10a.m. and 5p.m.

Tickets are £6.95 per child and all proceeds being donated to Strathcarron Hospice.

Festivities on Stirling Campus

The University of Stirling joined in on the Christmas cheer by switching on their lights on Monday 21. 

Stirling University had a performance from the GeO Gospel Choir at Queens Court.

There was also free festive food and drinks available on Campus.

If you missed any of these events, there are still things you can attend in Stirling to get into the Christmas spirit. 

This year’s pantomime “Maw Goose” is playing at the Macroberts Art Center, running from December 2 – December 31 with tickets costing £20 for students.

Local bar Kilted Kangaroo are also hosting a “chrimbo bingo” night on Friday December 9. Tickets for this event are £30 per person.

With all the festivities happening, it’s safe to say the Christmas countdown has well and truly begun.

Featured Image Credit: Brig Newspaper

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