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Kilmarnock ablaze with lights as Christmas is drummed in

Kilmarnock’s Town Centre was packed on Sunday, as thousands thronged the town to kick off the Festive Season in style. 

(Pic via East Ayrshire Council) 

With 2 stages, music, dancing, stilt walkers, market stalls, craft workshops and even an open air nativity play, the afternoon’s entertainment was more popular than ever, culminating in a stunning parade with “Spark!” illuminated drummers, leading up to the switch on of this year’s Christmas lights. Town Centre Manager, Fiona Nicolson of East Ayrshire Council’s Economic Development Team, who organises the annual extravaganza was delighted by the turnout and response from shoppers. “Christmas Lights Switch on is always a big draw, and this year’s event was bigger and busier than ever – so much of the entertainment was provided by talented locals and community groups, local producers. Many of the local businesses, and coffee shops in particular did a roaring trade. It’s so satisfying to see so many months of planning come to fruition and see so many people enjoying themselves in our Town Centre. “Of course the festive fun isn’t over yet. We’re looking forward to welcoming Santa and his reindeer to the Cross again from 12.45pm Sunday 10 December – he loves the children in Kilmarnock so much he’s made it a regular stop on his training runs as he and the reindeer get fit for the big day. Two lucky children will join him in his sleigh as he travels along King Street and then the reindeer will have a well earned rest in the reindeer pen at the Cross while Santa visits his grotto in the Mall to meet all the good boys and girls and hear their Christmas requests. “And for keen runners, Ayrshire Cancer Support will also be organising its Santa Dash at 11.30am from the Howard Park to the town centre, arriving in time to meet Santa. All in all we’re really kicking off Christmas in style!” To see more pictures from Sunday’s extravaganza click here 


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