It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – with festive switch-ons taking place across Dundee and Tayside this week.
The season begins in Broughty Ferry today, with a programme of events from 6pm-8pm.
There will be carnival rides and activities in Brook Street, Gray Street and Fort Street, while a choir from Eastern Primary School will take to the stage on Brook Street alongside Simply Ariana. The cast of Thomson Leng’s Beauty and the Beast will also be performing.
Neil Cooney, secretary of Broughty Ferry Community Council, said: “The kids love it and the rides at the event are like a rite of passage for them.
“Community is really at the heart of it – everyone really comes together.”
Road closures will be in place from 10am-9.30pm along parts of Gray Street, Fort Street, Brook Street, Long Lane, Union Street and Erskine Street.
Christmas Light Night is returning to Dundee on Saturday, moving from its usual Friday night slot. The free festivities will be taking place throughout the city centre from 4pm onwards.
Families can head to Albert Square for a disco, big screen, a bar and a hot chocolate stand.
The McManus will play host to a wall of light, where children can make a wish and light a candle.
A torchlight procession will also parade through the city.
Participants will gather at Dundee High School at 6pm, with the procession following a “Wind and Water” theme.
Traditional hand-held torches can be carried by members of the public over the age of 18.
At 6.45pm, the Christmas lights are switched on in City Square.
People will then get a chance to “strip the willow”, with a ceilidh taking place in the square from 7-8.30pm.
The traditional dance is free to attend and music will be provided by Fife ceilidh band, Skyrie.
Anyone looking for more information on the lantern workshops has been asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who would like to carry a torch, wristbands can be collected in advance from Dundee Box Office in City Square.
Meanwhile Perth is all set to host its “biggest-ever” party on Saturday – with live music from pop stars Pixie Lott and James Arthur on a main stage compered by Britain’s Got More Talent host Stephen Mulhern.
Santa will lead a parade, which starts from Thimblerow at 5.30pm, before making its way to South Street/Speygate.
At 6.15pm, the lights will be switched on by Provost Dennis Melloy, followed by a fireworks display over the River Tay.
There will also be street entertainment, a Santa’s Grotto and ice carvings.