HOLIDAYS are coming – and nothing marks the beginning of the festive season like switching on the Christmas lights.
Southsiders can pick and choose between events in Glasgow or East Ren this week, complete with festive tunes, fireworks and Santa Claus himself.
The city centre display is unveiled on Thursday (November 15), ringing in the countdown to Christmas in traditional style.
Lord provost Sadie Docherty and a lucky Glasgow youngster will be flicking the switch at 7pm, accompanied by Clyde 1 DJs George Bowie and Suzie McGuire as hosts and a gymnastics display courtesy of the Glasgow School of Sport.
Other guests include Michelle McManus and fellow cast members from the Pavilion panto, The Wizard of Never Woz, as well we the RSNO choir and Glasgow 2014 mascot, Clyde.
The lord provost commented: “Everyone loves Santa, and I’m so pleased he is able to make time in his incredibly busy schedule to help me switch on Glasgow’s Christmas lights.
“The line-up sounds like the perfect way to start the festive season in style – with a fantastic fun-filled celebration for all the family”.
Gates are open at 5pm and events kick off at 6 – unfortunately, the free event is ticketed, and only open to the lucky 15,000 (out of 78,000 requests) who secured a balloted ticket.
Still, the fun continues at the Avenue on Sunday (November 18), as the Newton Mearns centre hosts its own Christmas lights switch-on.
The East Ren celebration will feature Cinderella’s own fairy godmother, Karen Dunbar, who – along with fellow cast members Gavin Mitchell and Gordon Cooper – will be taking a quick break from rehearsals at the King’s Theatre to flick the switch.
The event takes place from 2-4pm, hosted by Clyde 1’s Gina McKie and featuring entertainment from the Belmont House school choir and Rock Choir, as well as mall mascots Newton and Fearn.
Santa himself will also be dropping in on the Mearns, taking pride of position at the centre’s super snow globe, which will be open every weekend in the run-up to Christmas.
Manager Michelle McCabe said: “The Christmas spirit is sure to be in full swing in the centre this Sunday when Santa Claus rolls into town, bringing his glittering snow globe with him.
“Come along to see the Cinderella stars and Santa for yourself and get your family photo taken in the snow globe – the perfect Christmas present for friends and relatives”.