Southside prepares 
for Christmas

Mrs Claus kicks off Christmas in style at Pollok House. Photo by Lenny Warren
Mrs Claus kicks off Christmas in style at Pollok House. Photo by Lenny Warren

CHRISTMAS has almost arrived, and with it comes a host of festive activities taking place across the southside.

At Pollok House, Mrs Claus is taking the limelight while her husband busies himself for Christmas eve.

The lady in red is welcoming children to the Georgian house every day until Christmas eve, 11am until 4pm.

Those touring the rest of the house may come across the Pollok Teddies, who are preparing their own festive feast amid lavish decorations put up by Mrs Claus herself.

Over at Eastwood Park Theatre, there are showings of the ultimate Christmas film: It’s a Wonderful Life.

No season of goodwill would be complete without Frank Capra’s feel-good tale, and it’s on at the Giffnock theatre tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday from 7.30pm.

It’s worth the ticket price alone if you remember the iconic ending — after all, every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings...

And in Shawlands, some kind-spirited community crafters are hosting the last pop up shop of the season in aid of charity.

The Community Crafters Pop Up Shop takes place on Friday, 10am until 4.30pm, and shoppers will be doing their bit for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, currently raising funds for a new facility in Bellahouston through its Brick by Brick appeal.

On Saturday, it’s another charity turn, this time from a group of local musicians playing Whitecraigs rugby club in support of Radio Clyde’s Cash for Kids appeal.

The two live bands — including Johnny Lowdown and the Fizz — will be on stage from 7.30pm, and all cash raised goes directly to the cause for disadvantaged children.

No Christmas would be complete without a choir performance or two – and Greenbank parish church is first up on Sunday (December 23).

The Clarkston church invites all to Nine Lessons and Carols, courtesy of the resident choir who will perform from 10.30am.

And over at Cathcart baptist church, there’s a family event taking place on the same day, as young members of the congregation perform their version of the nativity, accompanied by the church choir.

The performance takes place at 11am, with tea and toast served from 10am and all welcome to attend.

In next week’s Extra, we’ll round up a few events in time for Hogmanay – meanwhile, more Christmas events can be found at www.whatsoneastrenfrewshire.co.uk.