Dumfries Gets set for Festive Fun at The Big Switch On

Dumfries Festive lights 2018
LtoR: Lucy Brann (Moat Brae), David Whitaker (Young Promoters Group), Louise Davies (D&G Arts Festival), Caitlyn Lessells (Oasis Youth Centre), Nicola Todd (Oasis Youth Centre), Angie Harvey (Oasis Youth Centre), Frank Hayes (Drawing for Enjoyment), Councillor John Martin, Councillor John Campbell, Provost Tracey Little, Kirsten Scott (Dumfries Makers Market), Leah Halliday (Dumfries Markers Market), Councillor Elaine Murray, Leader of Dumfries & Galloway Council. Front: Croc (Moat Brae, Meg Ayres (Young Promoters Group), MP (Oasis Youth Centre)

It’s that time of year again: time to put on your Christmas jumpers and Santa hats and head for the Christmas fun and festivities in Dumfries Town Centre, on Sunday 2 December 2018, for this year’s Christmas lights Big Switch.

A fun filled day has been planned with activities for all the family, including entertainment on the Plainstanes, the Croc Rock Festival from Moat Brae, a Christmas Market hosted by the Dumfries Makers’ Market, a free Youth Village, Santa’s Grotto, and workshops from Drawing for Enjoyment and Renita Boyle Tell Together Tales.

There will be performances on the Plainstanes from emerging local talent, North West Community Campus School Choir, Alive Radio, The Flashes, Santadelicia, and the Croc Rock Carnival.

Vice Chair of Nithsdale Area Committee, Provost Tracey Little, said: “I’m delighted to see the partnership with Moat Brae and Dumfries and Galloway Council at this year’s Big Swich On.. There will be some spectacular performances in the lead up to the lights being switched on, and lots to do for all the family.”

All activities will take place in Dumfries High Street and are free apart from a small charge for accessing the Santa’s Grotto. There will also be an opportunity to purchase gifts at the Christmas Market.

Simon Davidson, Moat Brae’s Centre Director, said: “We’re really looking forward to bringing the CrocRock Carnival to the Big Switch On of the Christmas lights. It’s great to be working in partnership with the Council to help put on a bright, fun and colourful event for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.”

Leah Halliday from Guild Dumfries said “The Guild Dumfries are delighted to be organising our first Christmas Dumfries Makers Market in the town centre. There was such an overwhelming response from interested traders and we’ve had an encouraging response from the community about our market. So, whether you’re shopping or not, the Christmas Lights Switch On provides an excellent opportunity to support the town centre by heading into town, enjoying the makers market and free entertainment, workshops, storytelling, and celebrating the Year of Young People. We hope people will get into the festive spirit and take to the streets of Dumfries and enjoy this Christmas experience.”

The afternoon’s activities will end with the switching on of the Christmas lights at 6pm [1800] and fireworks finale.

Dumfries Town Centre is the place to be this festive season.

 

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