Santa is coming to Stirling for the big Christmas light switch on Saturday November 18, and he’s bringing an extravagant Christmas parade.
In true festive cheer, the event comes at no cost to guests.
The Christmas light switch on is estimated to start at 5pm, but a variety of festivities will be on from 1.30pm.
Schedule for Stirling’s Christmas lights
Kicking things off in Port Street and Murray Place, street performers will be on from the beginning of the event until 3.30pm.
For half an hour at 3pm, the Roundel will have Christmas Carollers.
The Snowy Stirling parade sets off at 4.30pm from Baker Street. It will travel a short distance to King Street where the parade will end.
The Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band and Stirling Schools Pipe Band will play the parade down the street.
The Snowy Stirling parade will also be host to Santa and Mrs Claus.
Other parade performances will be conducted by Macrobert pantomime performers, Stirling Scouts and a variety of Christmas Characters and performers.
Stirling Council’s Provost Douglas Dodds – the representative for Dunblane and Bridge of Allan ward -will be present for the parade also.
The Stirling Rock Choir will play from 4.40pm, providing entertainment until the reading of a Festive poem by Laure Fyfe, Stirling’s poetry ambassador.
Finally, at 5 pm* Santa will switch on Stirling’s Christmas Lights.
The entire programme is free to all.
What else is on?
If the outdoors doesn’t suit you, there are other events on November 18. There will be indoor family activities at the Stirling Baptist Church as well as the usual Christmas Grotto in The Thistles Shopping Centre.
*Timings are subject to change.
The parade route has been kept short to ensure accessibility and prevent prolonged road closures. Baker Street will be closed from 3.30pm to allow ample time for families to gather safely.
Only assistance animals will be permitted in the parade. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
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